After a long day out on the mountain bike a nice warm house to go home to is a godsend. However, to ensure this creature comfort is waiting for us we need to keep the boiler up to date and in good working order.
Everything has a shelf life and a boiler, even though it is an expensive purchase, is no exception. Old central heating systems are very inefficient and as a consequence cause high running costs. Not only that, but old boilers can be very unreliable and much more prone to breaking down or being temperamental.
One of the common first signs that a boiler is not working optimally any longer is when the pilot light keeps going out on its own. This can cause a lot of frustration during the cold winter months when the house is cold in the morning, or when the pilot keeps needing to be manually turned back on. In these circumstances buying a new energy efficient boiler will save money and your sanity in the long run. Boiler repair can be an option, but once an old boiler has started malfunctioning it is likely to develop further problems, costing more and more to just keep it running.
Sometimes it is better to replace a boiler before it starts to develop faults. Regular yearly home boiler checks can help to identify the need to replace the boiler and the engineer will be able to tell you if this is recommended. One of the biggest problems with old boiler is the lack of availability of parts. If you wait until the boiler stops working, it is highly likely that electric heaters will need to be used temporarily, because it can take up to a week for parts to be sourced and delivered to the engineer before the boiler can be repaired.
Some of the common problems with old boilers which cause them to be less efficient but still able to run are for example a hot water cylinder that is slow to heat up and regulate its temperature. This can lead to scalding amongst other things. Old boilers are less likely to come equipped with a thermostat, which has the major disadvantage of heating up the whole house on full power, instead of heating the house to a desired comfort level.
New boilers come with programmable controls and have much better energy efficiency, which directly translates to lower running costs and the boiler will be better equipped to heat the home.