The kitchen is always considered to be the heart of the home, as it’s where people socialize, cook, and clean. It’s just where you sit where you want to have some peace. If you want to know where the true warp to the home is though, it’s your boiler. Whether you keep your boiler upstairs in a cupboard for linen, or it’s in a corner of your kitchen, you need to make sure that you understand how your boiler works.
Did you know that your boiler can contribute up to 60% of your energy bills? Knowing this in a time of energy crisis, you should be able to see that you need to have a boiler that is working properly. That way your home is not eating through too much energy. When you make sure that your boiler isn’t in the best possible condition, not only do you have a better quality of heating, you can rely on your hot water. You can also rely on the fact that your carbon footprint has been reduced. Finally, you can rely on the fact that your bills will be cheaper, too.
The only way any of this is going to matter though is if you actually look after your boiler. You have to ensure that you know what the errors are when they occur with your boiler. When you need to replace the boiler fan, you should also be aware of what happens when it breaks down.
How does it impact your home? How does it impact your bills? On average, boilers last anywhere between 10 and 15 years, but with regular maintenance, they can exceed this lifespan.
Factors to consider when you might need to replace a boiler
Replacing your boiler is not always a straightforward process. There are several factors that you have to consider before you go ahead and do this. This is why it’s so important to know exactly when to replace it in the first place. And we’ve got some of the top signs for you below.
Your boiler is too old
A good sign that your boiler needs replacing or maintenance is that it’s old. You should be considering a new one by the time 10 or 15 years of use. By that time. the boilers that are around now are more eco-friendly and better for hope.
Not only that, they will use less energy which subsequently saves you money. Older boilers tend to lose pressure around now. Therefore, they will require repairs on the inside and not just the outside. You might notice more errors, you may notice that your water isn’t getting as hot as it should. Having it replaced at this point is a good idea.
A great sign that your boiler needs to be replaced is that you are dealing with puddles of water up beneath it. There are plenty of reasons a boiler can leak, but usually, these are related to boiler pressure valve faults.
If there is corrosion in the system, or the heat exchanger is dealing with rust, the valve is having issues with temperature, or there are loose pipe fittings, you can bet that there will be visible leaks and you will be the one to clean them up.
The pain (and cost) of persistent boiler repairs
If you are paying money to have your boiler fixed more than twice a year, you are throwing money away. It’s more cost-effective to just invest in a brand new boiler rather than have your home and your boiler subjected to constant repairs.
When it’s constantly needing repairs, it means it is not efficient enough. Your electricity bills will be higher. In addition, you will need to get hold of an engineer to help you to replace them.
If you have ever considered your boiler, then you will notice that it’s generally a silent thing in the corner of your home. You may notice a very light humming, but it’s very rare to notice any noise at all.
If your boiler has started to make strange noises, or even if there’s a weird smell, there are internal problems. You may need a full replacement if not repaired.
Are you paying attention to the flame? Did you know that a yellow flame in your boiler is a bad sign? The flame should always be blue in your boiler because if it’s yellow there is a sign of carbon monoxide being emitted into your home.
Not only is this dangerous and can kill you, but it’s also not particularly pleasant. It also means that it is not working efficiently. Keep an eye on the color of the flame of your boiler and get an upgraded version if the flame constantly sits at yellow.
The boiler is there to heat the water in your home so you can enjoy word birth, hot water for cleaning your dishes, and you can make sure that your showers are running consistently.
When you are using taps, showers, or even baths in your home, you shouldn’t notice fluctuations in temperature that make it go from boiling hot to freezing cold in a fraction of a turn of the faucet. If this is happening, then you might need to have it depressurized. Replacing it entirely is also a good idea.
The boiler is eating all of your money
A less efficient boiler costs you far more than a brand-new A-rated one. Boilers are supposed to heat up your water, making sure that the system is efficient and does not cost you the earth. You will see on your energy bills whether it is sufficient enough, so understanding the efficiency ratings is vital if you want to make sure that you are making the right decision.
Understanding how your boiler is supposed to work is going to help you in understanding when it’s not. You rely on it to keep your home warm and your water hot. Make sure that it’s doing exactly that. If it isn’t, then you need to call in the experts.
Editor’s Note: A boiler as described in this article would be better known in the Western Hemisphere as a water heater.