There are a few tell-tale signs that your boiler is at the end of its lifespan. A key indicator that your boiler might need replacing is how long it takes to heat your home. If your radiators are taking a long time to heat up, then your boiler probably needs to be checked by a Gas Safe engineer. It’s possible that your system needs to be flushed as it can fill with sludge and dirt over the years, but if this does not remedy the problem then you will most likely need a new boiler.
Some of the more obvious physical signs that you need a new boiler are water leakages from the boiler, or if the boiler is emitting a bad odour. If you can smell something unusual coming from your boiler, turn it off immediately as this could be a sign of a gas leak. After turning off the boiler you must contact a Gas Safe engineer to inspect the boiler as soon as possible.
Other signs that your boiler is at the end of its life include your energy bills increasing even if your consumption hasn’t risen. This signals that your boiler is not running as efficiently as it used to. You may also hear noises coming from your boiler or your radiators that did not occur in the past.
Most boilers need replacing every ten to fifteen years, so you should also consider how long you’ve had the boiler. Perhaps you also have an old boiler system that it is difficult to obtain parts for, such as a back boiler system. In this case, it might be time to ditch the old system for a newer, more efficient model.
What Brand Should I Choose for My New Boiler?
There is a great selection of boiler brands on the market. Household names like Worcester Bosch are known for their reputation as a brand that provides reliable boilers and supportive aftercare. You can also consider brands like Ideal and Alpha if you want to explore brands with a range of boilers that are friendlier on your budget.
Most of these popular brands offer warranties of up to twelve years, so you know that you will be in safe hands with your new boiler. Whatever brand you choose, make sure you choose a model that suits your household requirements.
How Much is Boiler Replacement Going to Cost?
The cost of a boiler replacement depends on the system you currently have in place and the new boiler model that you choose. For a combi boiler, you will be looking to pay anywhere between £600 and £2000, depending on the model you pick. For the installation costs, expect to pay around £2000 for replacing your combi boiler or system boiler.
If you are switching systems, say for example from a system boiler to a combi boiler, you will end up paying a bit more for the installer to remove the water tank and reroute the water supply to the new boiler location. For this service, you are looking at a cost of over £3000.
If you have a back boiler system and want to switch to a combi boiler system, this will also require removing the hot water cylinder tank and rerouting the water supply to the new boiler location, as well as the removal of the old back boiler system. This job could cost you over £4000, but it will save you money in the long term with your energy bills due to how energy efficient modern combi boiler systems are.
If you’re looking for expert boiler replacement and still have questions, get in touch with the knowledgeable team here at Rowlen Boiler Services and we can help you make the right choice, as well as providing a highly rated boiler installation service.