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My boiler isn’t working properly, do I need a repair or a replacement?

Just imagine, you get up on a cold morning the house is cold and your shower is cold. This is not the first time this has happened, but this time the boiler will not fire up again.

If this sounds familiar and your boiler keeps on breaking down, your situation it's no fun at all.

We tend to take our central heating systems for granted and when they break down, it can be a very stressful time for all the family...

  • Plates start piling up in the kitchen sink
  • We can't take a relaxing bath
  • We can't face taking a cold shower in the morning
  • If it's during the colder months, it's as cold inside as it is outside

So should I replace or repair my faulty boiler?

Here are some questions you need to ask yourself that will help you understand the difference between boiler repair and replacement much better:

1. How old is your boiler?

Before having your boiler repaired maybe carry out a bit of investigation to find out if parts are still readily available. After about 10 years boiler manufacturers tend to discontinue spares and accessories on some makes of boilers.

Also you need to take into account if your boiler is over ten years old, it may not be as efficient as a new boiler in providing hot water or central heating and, due to its age, could be costing you far more money in the future to run or keep repairing.

2. How energy efficient is your boiler compared to having a new one?

If your boiler is over 7 years old, the chances are that it might not be a condensing boiler.

High efficiency condensing boilers were installed from approx 2004, when it became a building regulation that new, high efficiency boilers had to be installed in properties. If you are not sure what energy rating your boiler is, you can try and contact the manufacturers and they maybe be able to tell you what your existing boiler's energy rating is.

With energy prices going up, it's becoming more important to cut bills where ever possible. The cost of running your boiler needs to be taken into consideration, if you are going to repair your existing boiler and not replace it with new.

3. How much is this boiler repair really going to cost?

Some boiler or central heating system repairs can run into many hundreds of pounds, but compared to the cost of a new boiler, it can seem a lot less. You need to ask yourself if you repair and further costs arise is it going to more financially viable to replace.

4. Has your boiler always been reliable?

You must weigh up the general condition of the boiler and the central heating system when having a repair, as you don't want (or need) the expense of repairs on your existing boiler every couple of months. Plus it's stressful and you'll have to take time off work and wait for an engineer to arrive.

5. Will fitting a new boiler solve your heating problems?

There really isn't much to lose if you're getting a new boiler fitted and quite frankly a ton to gain!

Of course, having a new boiler fitted can be a costly job, but if looked upon as a long-term investment can save you thousands of pounds and help you save money on energy bills and repairs.

Make sure whoever fits your boiler that they've are gas safe registered and fully trained to install boilers.

Call Boiler Breakdowns on 0208 819 4998 and we can come and give you quotation.

By Julie Cropper January 2016.

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