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Summer is here, not a time to be giving much though to the health of your boiler. However, you don’t want to get to another Wiltshire winter, only to find its no longer up to its job.
Here are a few signs that it might be time to get a new boiler installed. Remember to always use CORGI registered gas fitters, Swindon Plumbing and Heating are market leaders in boiler installation in Swindon and have many satisfied customers.
Your boiler is old and tired.
When was your current boiler fitted? Even if you have kept it well-maintained, if it is coming up to ten years old or over it won’t be anywhere near as efficient as it was originally. Technology has moved on and today’s boilers are super-efficient and have great green credentials. So, not only will you be saving money on bills, you will be doing your bit for the planet too. Why not change your boiler at your convenience during the warmer weather, rather than waiting until it actually breaks down next winter, when you might have to spend a few uncomfortable days huddled around a three bar electric heater.
Employ your senses.
Your boiler should be completely odourless. If it isn’t, you have a problem that requires immediate attention. At worst it could be carbon monoxide you can smell. Take a look at your boiler flame, it should be clear blue, if there are any other colours in the flame, your suspicions are probably right. Carbon Monoxide is highly toxic and can be lethal. Turn the boiler off and arrange for an inspection before you start feeling sick, dizzy and experiencing headaches.
You can see leaks; even if you can’t see the source you can easily detect the consequences. Boilers shouldn’t leak and if your does you need to call someone before it suffers further damage. Leaks can be caused by a number of things, mainly parts wearing out. Once you start replacing things, you can often find one job after another needs doing, good money after bad. Your engineer will advise you whether it might be a good time to invest in a new model.
There is no good reason why a boiler should rattle and bang. It should heat your home while giving out nothing other than a consistent purr. If it is clanging away at regular intervals you can be certain that components are wearing out and in need of replacement. Depending on the extent of this, it could well be more economical in the long term to replace your boiler.
Do you have a taste for high fuel bills? Of course not. If you monitor your fuel bills over the longer-term, taking account of cold snaps or times when you have drawn on your boiler more than usual, you could find that you heating costs have been gradually rising as your boiler has started to age. You might be surprised at just how much this is costing you, or consequently, if you install a new boiler, how much you can save.