A typical boiler life expectancy is about 10 to 15 years, given that it is maintained properly. A well-maintained boiler of high-quality spec can last as much as 20 years. However, if you have an older boiler approaching the end of its time, it might be time to consider getting a new one. Boilers that are older (more than 10 years) tend to be far less efficient than more modern boilers and will have far less chance of breaking down. With this in mind, we wanted to let you know what you can do to minimise risks against boiler life expectancy, and how you can go about potentially extending it!

 Factors reducing boiler life expectancy

Heating system condition: The condition of your heating system is massively important for the performance of your boiler. The boiler should ideally run at a temperature that is matching the heat requirement of the home. Heat requirements can change over time, depending on factors such as the weather. If, for example, the temperature is warm outside, then the boiler does not have to work as hard.

Oversizing: Oversized boilers will be more likely to overheat as the boiler has to shut down then start up again over and over. This will put additional pressure on the internal components of the boiler and cause them to wear out.

Water quality: A boiler needs clean water inside it that is free of debris or dirt, else this stuff could get caught in the important internal components of the boiler and lead to a breakdown sooner than expected.

Annual servicing: Servicing is massively recommended, especially annually. Over time the original settings of the boiler will change and cause certain components to lose pressure. Annual servicing will bring everything inside the boiler back to where it needs to be.

Ways to extend boiler life expectancy

Quality: Make sure that when it comes to choosing your boiler, you pick wisely. It may feel tempting to go for the cheapest model possible in order to save on funds but in the long term this will be extremely detrimental. You could potentially end up with a lower quality boiler not built to exceptional standards.

Qualified professionals: Warranties can become void when you use anyone than isn’t a qualified professional. A professional not only has the correct technical skills to help repair, install and service the boiler, but also knows how to handle the task professionally and effectively.

Central heating: Keep a close eye on your central heating system and take note of any unusual changes. This will help you identify any faults as early as possible and allow you to make an appointment with an engineer straight away.

Repair jobs: Your boiler can develop faults over time, so it’s important that we do not delay any repairs jobs that might be necessary when the time comes. Many issues that boilers face can be very sensitive to time, so the sooner you act, the better.

Boiler size: Choosing the right size boiler for your home is extremely important. If you choose a boiler that is not powerful enough to meet your needs at home, then it will have to work twice as hard. The harder a boiler is worked, the more likely it is to eventually break down.

Green Flame Plumbing, Heating & Renewables are a Gloucestershire based plumbing firm owned and managed by partners Dale Hughes and Nathan Spencer.  We are proud to deliver a service that is second to none. Ensuring 100% customer satisfaction on every single project. We are fully insured, gas safe, lpg & Oftec registered and offer a 24-hour call-out service.  If you’d like to know more about us, then take a look at our website www.gflameheating.com or give us a call on 01452 412 549 – we’d be happy to help!

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