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When Should You Replace/Upgrade Your Boiler

Posted on by Rudkin & Herbert Team


The average boiler lasts around 15 years before needing to be replaced. By that time, boiler technology will have advanced significantly. As new boiler technology develops and becomes commonplace, you may be wondering whether it’s necessary to obtain a replacement or upgrade. Unfortunately, It can be hard to tell how long your current system will last for and how great the financial implications of changing/keeping your boiler will be.

Here at Rudkin & Herbert, we always want our customers to have the safest and most efficient boilers installed in their home. This article has been written to help give you some guidance on whether it may be time to purchase a new boiler.

Faults, damage and breakages

You may be looking to install a new boiler if your current one is faulty. As stated before, boilers last for around 15 years. If your boiler is continually breaking down but is only 8-10 years old, you may feel hesitant to have it replaced. However, boilers can be extremely dangerous when faulty, and a boiler that is constantly breaking down or showing faults in various areas can be a serious danger. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you have your boiler replaced, or looked at by an expert at the very least.

Further, a boiler that is continually breaking down is probably going to cost more money to keep fixing than it is to replace, especially as you may need to buy a new one in a few years anyway.

If, however, your boiler breaks down for the first time but is approaching the 15 year mark, you may be torn between getting it replaced or simply having the issue fixed. It can be difficult to tell which is best, so our advice would be to have a gas-safe registered engineer take a look at the boiler. They will be able to assess your unique situation and weigh up the financial and safety implications of keeping vs replacing the boiler. If your boiler has become slightly faulty in its first few years, then our advice would be to simply have the fault fixed — as opposed to getting an entire new boiler. In any case, we recommend having a gas-safe registered engineer take a look.

Efficiency and upgrades

Another motive for replacing your boiler is because of the difference in energy efficiency and costs. As stated before, boiler technology advances significantly during the average boiler lifespan, and therefore new boilers will be on the market that are radically more energy efficient than older models. If you have an old style boiler, it may be worth upgrading to a more modern, condensing boiler. This switch is estimated to save you an average of £650 a year, meaning you will have made your money back from installing a new boiler after around two to five years of a fifteen year lifespan. Plus, not only will you be doing your wallet a favour, but also the Earth, as using a boiler with higher energy efficiency is better for the environment.

As boiler suppliers and installers, we can provide the solution to all your boiler needs. If you have any questions, or wish to enquire further about our wide range of products and services, give our friendly team a call today.