Boilers are the number one choice for heating systems among many property owners. This is mainly because they are reliable and last long. However, for your boiler to serve you better and last a really long time, it needs regular and proper inspection and maintenance. If even the smallest issue on your boiler is ignored or is not addressed immediately, it can grow into a bigger problem that can be very difficult or expensive to fix.
How can you know if your boiler needs to undergo some major repairs or be replaced? Below are some signs that you should be on the lookout for and know about:
You’ve had your boiler for at least 15 years. Older models or systems of boilers have an average lifespan of around 15 years. Routine maintenance can prolong the life of your boiler beyond 15 years but if you don’t invest in certain suitable advances in technology, your system can become faulty once it reaches the 15-year mark. The good news is that there are many upgrades now available for most boiler models (even old ones) that can help you control your heating. You just need to do enough research for this.
Your house doesn’t feel warm enough. If your house still feels cold even if the heating is already switched on, then your boiler may already have some issues. If your radiators are in good working order, the low temperature in your home can be a sign that your boiler is no longer up to the job of suitably heating your home. In case there are issues with your radiator, it is best to call a plumber or a gas engineer to investigate the reason why your home isn’t heating up as it should.
There are issues with the boiler’s pilot light. If the pilot light has gone out, your boiler will be unable to fire up and start heating water or central heating. You can try fixing this issue by following the manufacturer’s instructions on how to remedy this. You will find these instructions on placed on the boiler door, the instruction booklet, or near the pilot light. If it still fails to light after following instructions, you need to call in experts since there might be some blockages or issues with the ignition that only qualified tradesmen can fix or solve.
Your boiler has been undergoing lots of regular maintenance and repair services lately. Lastly, if you find yourself frequently resetting or topping up the pressure in your boiler and calling in tradesmen to look at and fix some issues, it may be high time to replace it. Although a new boiler will require significant investment, you will still have to pay for various repairs and the mounting cost of these services will simply be a huge source of frustration for you.