Did you know, your boiler accounts for up to 60% of your energy charges, and an old or inefficient boiler could be the cause of your needlessly expensive bills?! This often-overlooked appliance is, by far, one of the most important in your home; a regular boiler service makes the world of difference to its functionality.
With a lifespan of between 10-15 years, it’s crucial to keep it working as efficiently and productively as possible. Essential boiler servicing and maintenance will result in WAY lower utility bills, lower carbon emissions, and less chance of shock and wince-inducing replacement costs.
Here’s how to recognise when it’s time to replace your boiler; and how you can keep it in tip-top condition, to ensure a long and super-efficient life.
When Should You Replace Your Boiler?
When your trusted boiler reaches a grand old age of ten, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement. As a boiler hits it’s later years; it becomes less energy-efficient; and the less energy-efficient, the higher your bills and the bigger your carbon footprint.
Modern boilers are designed with energy efficiency in mind and must meet current energy rating benchmarks. This efficiency can have a remarkable effect on your energy costs. The only downside of the new boiler installation is that – depending on the scope of the job – the expenses can quickly escalate.
However, by signing up to a GlowPlus monthly cover plan, you need never worry about this. Concerning value for money and absolute peace of mind, it’s a no-brainer. A qualified Glow heating engineer will be available, at your disposal, all year round, with unlimited callouts. Also, safe in our hands, your yearly service will never be missed; so costly and unexpected replacements will never blindside you again.
How Can You Increase a Boiler’s Lifespan?
1. Pay Close Attention!
Your boiler – the unsung hero of your household – is often tucked away neatly in a cupboard, just politely doing its thing. It’s easy to forget. However, a word to the wise! NEVER take your boiler for granted; those who do live to regret their complacency when met with cold showers, dirty dishes and no central heating! You must pay attention to any changes in your hot water distribution, or unusual clunks and kerthumps. The trick is to get in quick.
If you suspect a problem, don’t hesitate to call your local plumber. Ignoring it (a bad idea!), or putting it off can turn a small job into a monster task, leading to painful repair costs.
2. Follow The Rules Of Boiler Club
The first rule of Boiler Club is: You only hire Gas Safe registered engineers. The second rule of Boiler Club is: You only hire Gas Safe registered engineers. You get the point. From boiler installation to continuing servicing or repairs, Gas Safe engineers are the ONLY way to go. This stamp of approval means your heating engineer is legally qualified to work with gas appliances and will work to the highest possible standard.
While an unqualified person might save you a few quid, in the beginning, it’s false economy 101. Not only could they damage your heating system, but they might also put you and your family in grave danger. No cowboys. No siree.
3. Book An Annual Boiler Service
A yearly service is like your cars MOT, or your annual check-up with the doctor. It serves to check the general health of your boiler, and troubleshoot any potential issues for the future. It is, undoubtedly, the best thing you can do to keep your boiler working as efficiently as possible for as long as possible. Your annual services, when undertaken by Gas Safe engineers, are also required to keep your manufacturer warranty valid.
This job must be carried out by a Gas Safe heating engineer (deja vu?!) It’s not a job to skimp out on. A reputable engineer will perform safety and efficiency tests on the boiler to ensure it is working efficiently. The technician will also inspect the system for leaks or faults, which is an excellent way to detect small problems early on before they cause expensive breakdowns.
Made up of metal and water; over time, a central heating system is prone to rust, dirt and residue buildup in its pipes and radiators. This residue can cause blockages which progressively reduce your heating systems efficiency. Moreover, if left for too long – the blockages can cause significant damage. With a service known as a ‘powerflush’, a trained engineer will add chemicals to your system and flush it through to clear the sludge. They may also suggest Magnetic filters, which can prevent the buildup of gunk in your heating system by filtering out metallic debris before it has a chance to settle in your pipes. Clean pipes = happy system.
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Contact Glow on 01522 300744, and we’ll be happy to talk through your options and book you an appointment. We work across Lincolnshire, providing an industry-leading heating service at a local level.