It’s important to keep your boiler in top condition to ensure the safety of your home and family, but the problem is that not all boiler problems are immediately obvious. When it comes to your boiler, safety should be your biggest concern, particularly if you’re not sure when you bought your boiler or are unsure of its age. It’s important to have your boiler inspected by a qualified engineer before using it again and potentially risking injury or property damage. If you’re having any problems with your boiler and aren’t sure what to do, give Origin a call today. In this blog, we will cover 6 reasons why you might need to replace your boiler and offer some helpful resources along the way.
When Should A Boiler Be Replaced?
Here are 6 significant signs to look out for to see if your boiler needs replacing:
1. Your Rooms Are Cold
If you’re feeling cold, there could be a problem with your boiler. Low temperatures can indicate an obstruction in your heating system, a broken valve or pump or even damage to your boiler itself. If you’re experiencing recurring issues with your boiler, it may be time to replace it with a newer model. Contact us today for more information about how replacement boilers work.
2. Your Boiler Is Too Old
If your boiler is older than 15 years, it’s probably time to replace it. Over its lifetime, there will have been some maintenance issues that will only be resolved by replacing them with a new one. All heating systems will eventually wear out and break down before replacement can result in expensive emergency service calls. So if you have an older model boiler or parts are no longer available, get in touch with Origin today. Our team will gladly install a new boiler for you. No job is too big or small!
3. Strange Sounds Or Smells
If you notice that your boiler is making strange noises or smells, it’s probably time to call in a professional. The smell of gas is always alarming, so listen out for any unusual hissing or whistling sounds. These can be signs of gas leaks—and that is not something you want in your home.
4. Radiators Take Long To Heat Up
There are few things more annoying than having to sit by a radiator waiting for it to heat up. This is usually a sign that your boiler is either very old or in need of repair. Radiators are primarily used for floor heating, and due to their design, can take a long time to heat up large rooms. It may be that your heating system needs replacing as soon as possible if you have radiators which do not provide adequate heat.
5. Constant Boiler Breakdowns
If your boiler keeps breaking down it could be a sign that your boiler is on its last legs. When parts start breaking more often than they should, it means that there’s a bigger problem to deal with and usually those problems come with much steeper repair costs. If you keep getting repairs, schedule some time to get an inspection so you can assess what’s really wrong and how much it will cost to get everything up and running again. It’s important to get your boiler serviced annually to avoid any costly repairs.
6. Look Out For Yellow Flame Colour
If you want to ensure your boiler will last a long time, you’ll need to take note of how its flames look. The colour is often an indicator of how well it’s functioning. Blue flames mean everything is working fine, while orange and yellow flames signal problems that could cause major damage. However, a common sign of an ill-functioning boiler is black smoke coming from its exhaust vents; if you see smoke pouring out, get in touch with your local engineer before more serious issues arise.
The Importance of Regular Maintenance
Generally, boilers are extremely reliable and don’t need a lot of TLC, but there are situations where you may need to contact us. Letting these problems go untreated for long periods of time can cause irreparable damage to your boiler and put you and your family in danger.
A boiler is one of the most important parts of your heating system, making it essential to have it inspected regularly by professionals . If you notice any of these signs above, call one of our engineers at Origin to conduct a proper inspection and give you the correct advice and guidance about boilers. Your home should be your sanctuary from the outside world, so you need to be sure that it’s being well maintained all year round.