Whenever people have problems with their boiler, they have the dilemma of whether to repair it or replace it. The decision depends on a number of factors. You should consider each of these factors carefully before making your decision.
“It’s important to choose honest, experienced and fully qualified heating engineers” says Stuart of MP Plumbing, a Bristol based plumber “that way, they will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your boiler – whether that be repair or replacement. You don’t want to pay for repairs if they are going to cost more than replacement, it’s just not logical and will end up costing you more in the long run”.
Age of the Boiler
If your boiler has been running for 10 years or longer, then you should think about replacing it. If your boiler is not that old and you are having problems, you can usually get away with repairing it. It is common for manufacturer’s to include a warranty of up to two years when you buy a boiler, so if you have any problem with the boiler within this time frame, the manufacturer will repair it for you or replace any parts if needed.
A boiler that is more than 10 years old may also be unsafe. It may not meet the latest laws and guidelines concerning boilers and gas safety. Before repairing your boiler, you should ask a professional to inspect it to see whether it’s safe to continue using it. Boiler safety is very important because faulty boilers can release carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is very harmful to your health and can even cause death if you’re exposed to it for long periods.
The repair cost depends on the nature of the problem. It can be more expensive to repair old boilers, especially if they are more than 10 years old as it’s likely the manufacturer will have stopped production of the parts. Availability of parts will become less, so the prices for them will rise. If a newer boiler has a problem then you can find the parts easily and it will cost you less to fix. However, even with newer boilers, you may need to do expensive repairs. In such case, it may be better to replace your old boiler with a new one. If the problem with the boiler is minor and it can be fixed quite easily then you should repair it instead of replacing it. You should compare the cost of repairing and replacing the boiler, and then make your decision. As a rule of thumb, if your boiler has passed three-quarters of its lifespan and the cost of repairing it is one-third of the price needed to buy a new one, then you should replace the old boiler with a new one.…