Repairing vs replacing: What should you do?

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How do you know whether its best to replace or repair your boiler when something goes wrong?

When your boiler lets you down, the question always is do I repair or replace? It can be a stressful time for most as it is a time of great uncertainty.

There are various situations where your boiler can be fixed with ease, especially with newer boilers. Other times with much older boilers it can be much more difficult as parts become outdated.

The questions is how do you know whether its best to replace or repair your boiler when something goes wrong?

What are the safety risks?

If your boiler is past a certain age, safety does play a key part. The new regulations that have come in with the new boiler plus scheme might mean your boiler won’t meet modern laws and guidelines on boiler safety and operation.

Your first port of call if your boiler is 10 years+ and something goes wrong is to call a registered Gas Safe engineer, to make sure your boiler is repaired to a safe standard. Be warned though that a repair may only be temporary and your boiler will be susceptible to faults. Also, the older your boiler gets the more carbon monoxide it produces so it will become a lot less environmentally friendly.


Would replacing make your boiler more efficient?

With the new safety standards coming in both boiler manufacturers and installers will be supplying much more efficient boiler models. So there is no question that a new boiler will be more efficient and could potentially even save you money off your bills in the long run.

As well as potential savings the new and improve efficiency of a new boiler will heat your home up much quicker than it has done for years. The potential gains are having a boiler that is much safe, more efficient and will be less prone to breaking down.

Is your boiler breaking down regularly?

If your boiler is breaking down regularly the costs will start to add up which might mean it would be worth replacing it to avoid the fuss. If you talk to a Gas safe engineer they will be able to tell you the potential life span of your boiler to help you decide the best course of action to take.

On average if your boiler is older than 10-15 years old it will be out of warranty and potentially dangerous so you should consider replacing it.

How easy is it to source parts for your new boiler

When trying to source the necessary parts and brands there is often a lack of access to certain components, which can add both time and money to a repair when parts are tricky to locate.

If you are looking to repair it’s always best to get the best brands sourced. According to Which? 4 in 10 boilers from the least reliable brand developed a fault in the first six years 1 in 10 boilers from the most reliable brand developed a fault.

Reasons to replace your boiler

All boilers installed from April 2018 will need an ErP efficiency rating of 92% or higher. Roughly a third of the boilers on the market today fall short of this standard and therefor will be running inefficiently. This means you will end up spending more to get the same results you’ve always had from your old boiler.
This becomes especially vital when it comes to your heating as it accounts for about 55 per cent of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference.

If you are unsure about the best option for you, talk to your local engineer. The additional cost is often likely to be marginal and the energy saving should easily pay for the additional cost over the lifetime of the boiler.