The life of a boiler is usually 10-15 years. This depends on a number of things, including the temperature, how hard you use your boiler, and how frequently you have it serviced.
This helpful article will explain how to extend the life of your boiler, how to properly maintain it, and when you should consider replacing it to help you save money on your heating systems.
How to Increase the life of a boiler
One of the most crucial items in your home is your boiler. It keeps things going smoothly and has a big impact on your comfort levels, so make sure your heating system is in good working order to satisfy your needs. Knowing how long your boiler is likely to last and how to care for it to extend its life is an important part of caring for it.
We’ve highlighted some basic measures below that you can take to extend the life of your boiler, regardless of the model.
Choose the best boiler for your requirements
Because there are so many various types of boilers and fuel types to choose from, there are several considerations to consider when selecting a boiler. The most popular fuel types that different models of boilers can use are gas boilers, electric boilers, oil boilers, and LPG boilers. Your boiler or heating system will most likely use one of these fuels, depending on where you live.
You should also make sure that your boiler is the proper size (in terms of kW output) for your home. Installing a boiler that is too small for your home might put too much pressure on the heating system, causing frequent malfunctions and shortening the system’s lifespan. Excessive power in a boiler might result in expensive energy bills and have a negative influence on the environment.
If you’re thinking, “What size boiler do I need for my home?” have a look at our guide, which explains everything you need to know about boiler sizes.
Make certain that all work is done by a Gas Safe registered engineer
In comparison to hiring someone who isn’t fully or legally authorised to be carrying out the work that needs to be done, using fully certified Gas Safe heating specialists will ensure that the life expectancy of your boiler will much enhance.
Have your boiler serviced on a regular basis
Your boiler, like your car or motorcycle, has to be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that it is operating properly and safely. It’s essential to have an annual service performed by a professional heating expert, since this will allow you to notice any faults that could cause significant damage in the future and address them before they become too serious and costly.
Read more on our guide to boiler servicing.
Keep a close eye on your central heating system
Keep a watch on unusual changes in your heating system; seemingly minor niggles that you may live with, such as a strange noise every now and then, could indicate a larger problem. If your boiler’s performance has changed in any way, you should contact a heating professional as soon as possible so that any problems can be recognised and rectified.
Don’t put too much strain on your boiler
Setting your water pressure too high can cause your boiler to wear out prematurely, reducing its lifespan. To guarantee that your boiler lasts, make sure the boiler pressure is correct for your boiler type and needs.
A magnetic filter should be installed
Magnetic filters can assist prevent limescale and sludge from forming in the pipes of your boiler and heating system. The magnetic filter filters out metallic debris before it accumulates in pipework or radiators, causing difficulties with central heating systems.
Keeping your boiler in good shape
In addition to getting your boiler serviced once a year, there are a few basic boiler maintenance tasks you can do yourself to help your boiler and central heating run more efficiently and last longer.
Radiators should be bled
Radiators are a vital aspect of your home’s heating system since they house the hot water that creates heat. This means that you should inspect them on a regular basis to verify that they are in good operating order.
If you see any chilly areas on your radiators, it’s likely that air is trapped inside. Simply bleed your radiators before the cold weather hits to remove the air and ensure that your heating system is functioning properly when you need it most.
Check the pressure in your boiler
Check the pressure in your boiler every a month or so to determine whether it needs to be topped up. At various stages, your boiler pressure should be between 1 and 2 bars. Anything under one bar is considered low pressure and requires repressurization, while anything over 2.75 bars is called high pressure.
Keep an eye out for a blue flame
A blue flame in your boiler shows that it is in good operating order and that the gas within is adequately burning. It should be a bright blue colour if you can see it. If the flame is orange or yellow, there is a problem with the boiler, and you should contact a Gas Safe licenced expert as soon as possible.
Turn on the heat on a regular basis
Even in the spring and summer, turning on your heater at least once a month can help it work more efficiently. When the boiler pump is not in use, this helps to rid it of any grit that has accumulated. Even turning on your heating for 10-15 minutes every now and then can assist to maintain all of the parts of your boiler operating properly and reduce the likelihood of a breakdown.
Defrost the condensate pipe and keep it safe
Your outdoor condensate line may freeze if the temperature dips below freezing (zero degrees Celsius), resulting in clogs that are costly to fix. To cushion and insulate the water pipe from the cold, wrap it in old towels or foam pipe insulation. Increasing the temperature on your boiler’s thermostat can also help to prevent condensation from forming, which can then freeze and cause blockages.
Is it necessary to replace a boiler on a regular basis?
Even if you’ve had a boiler for a long time and it appears to be in good operating order, if it’s more than ten years old, it’s time to replace it. You’ll know your boiler has to be replaced when you need regular repairs or hear strange noises.
However, there are numerous benefits to replacing your old boiler, including advances in current boiler technology that result in lower energy bills and boiler manufacturers developing increasingly ecologically friendly boilers.
Additional assistance and guidance
We have a choice of resources that can advise on all things boilers, water pressure, and choosing on the size of a new boiler in your home, whether you have a gas boiler, system boiler, combi boiler, or everything in between: