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Should You Repair or Replace Your Boiler?

Nobody relishes the thought of paying out for a new boiler and its installation. However, in some cases, it can work out more expensive to continuously payout for repairs rather than replacing your boiler. This is only if your boiler is old and is majorly misbehaving, as it’s natural for all boilers to need a repair at some point. 

Depending on your boiler’s circumstance, you may need to decide whether to keep repairing it or to take the decision to replace it. Knowing what to do isn’t always clear cut, but the following post will help guide you if you’re unsure whether to repair or replace your broken boiler.

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So, do I get my boiler repaired or replaced?

Think about the safety

When choosing a boiler, we recommend prioritising the safety of you and your family.  Older boilers may not comply with the current safety and operation regulations. We recommend speaking with a heating engineer and getting their professional advice and opinion on whether you need to get your boiler repaired or replaced.

Is the repair worth the cost?

Because replacement parts for some older boilers are no longer readily available, the cost of repair may be extremely high. Knowing how much it will cost to repair your boiler will help you decide whether it is worth it to replace it completely.

Consider the future of your boiler

Take into account how much longer your boiler will last and whether replacing it with a brand new boiler will save you money in the long run. A professional and qualified heating engineer can help you with this and talk about the likely lifespan of your boiler to help you make an informed decision.

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Here are a few more things you can look out for to help make your decision...

Signs which indicate when to get your boiler repaired

Boilers are a big investment, so it’s best to repair them if you can. Even the best boilers suffer faults at times, and if the following applies to your boiler, it’s probably wise to have it repaired:

It’s less than 9 years old 

It doesn’t require a lot of repairs on a regular basis 

There’s one thing wrong with it rather than several replacement parts being needed 

The radiators are cold, but the boiler seems to be working (this could actually be a thermostat issue) 

Everything works but your radiators are slow to heat (they may just need a powerflush or need bleeding) 

There are no leaks coming from your boiler

Signs which indicate when to have your boiler replaced 

On the other hand, sometimes repairing your boiler just isn’t worth it. If the following applies to you, still get your boiler checked, but it may be sensible to start thinking about a replacement:

Your boiler needs repairing regularly 

There’s a gas leak It’s over 10 years old and has broken down more than once in the last 18 months 

Parts to replace your boiler are difficult to source or expensive 

It’s leaking water regularly 

Your heating bills are higher than average, suggesting your boiler may no longer be very energy-efficient

Specialist boiler repair, care and installation in Redditch

Even with the above guidance, it’s not usually possible to say whether your boiler needs repairing or replacing without having a Gas Safe registered engineer assess it. 

At Lakins Heating and Plumbing, we specialise in repairing and installing boilers in homes across Redditch, Alvechurch, Bromsgrove, Studley and Alcester. We take your safety seriously and will always advise you on the best action to take with your central heating system.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help or have a question about your boiler then simply get in touch. You can call us on 07976271681, email us at matt@lakinsheatingandplumbing.co.uk or send a message online by completing our short contact form.