When the windy cold weather falls, you don’t want to be unable to sleep at night wondering if your boiler is about to give up the ghost. It is often the case that, in our busy schedules, we neglect to think about those home appliances that must receive routine maintenance. However, you should spend a little of your time to make sure everything works as it should, or you can get caught in the cold when you most need your boiler. Here are some signs that your boiler might need a bit of TLC:


Most boilers last around fifteen years but with regular maintenance, but they can last longer than that. If your boiler is more than fifteen years old, it’s time to consider a new one. Many of the latest enhancements make boilers more efficient and controllable with features that won’t be available for older models. For Bristol Boiler Installation, visit www.greenerhomesgroup.co.uk/boiler-installations.html

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Slow to warm

Does it take an age to heat up your boiler? This is a strong indication that repair or replacement may be needed. A contemporary, more advanced boiler will warm up almost instantly, giving comfort to your home and hot water to your taps as soon as it’s needed. Should your boiler take too long to do this, it is definitely passed its prime and also does not give you good energy efficiency.

Rating Lower than ‘A’

When buying a new boiler today, it will come with an energy efficiency rating that is rated between A to G. A ‘G’ rating shows efficiency of less than 70% and ‘A’ has an efficiency of more than 90%. Upgrading to a high-ranking boiler can result in savings in energy bills of several hundred pounds per year.

Frequent Improvements

When you need to take care of your boiler more often, maybe it’s time for a new one. If you reset or adjust the pressure on a regular basis and find the cost of repairs increasing, then investing in a new boiler can save you money and hassle in the long run. A more serious problem that an engineer needs to call for is further signs that a boiler is an expensive expense for your finances and must be replaced.

Feel the Cold

If your house doesn’t feel as warm as it should or you notice the cost of your energy bill is going up, it could mean your kettle isn’t working properly. If your house feels cooler than it should, you should call a registered gas engineer to come and find out what the problem is. If there is no problem with your radiator, then chances are your boiler needs maintenance or replacement.

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When your boiler starts making strange noises that appear above the normal background buzz, it’s definitely time to look at it. It could be due to a number of problems or general wear. Any odours emitted or black marks seen around the boiler case also need to be investigated.