Should I repair or replace my boiler?

If you are a homeowner, there's a good chance that you've been faced with the dilemma of having to call in a gas engineer to fix your boiler when it's acting up. We've all had a defective boiler at some point in our lives, and it can be difficult to know how the best way to deal with the problem, especially when you're not sure whether to paper over the cracks or get a replacement boiler altogether. Read this blog post to learn how to know what the best course of action is for you to take.

The dilemma that homeowners that have faulty boilers are often faced with is: Either spend money on a possibly costly repair that does not ensure the boiler's long-term performance or would it be more worthwhile to invest in a new boiler with an extended manufacturer's warranty? There are a few questions that you should ask yourselves at this point...

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1. What is the age of your boiler? 

We'll start with the most crucial factor because the age of your boiler will influence whether you opt to repair or replace it. If you own an older, non-condensing boiler, for example, there's a chance that any new parts might be far too expensive. They may also be difficult for heating engineers to get hold of, as modern boilers are condensing ones that often have different parts. This would cause your boiler to be out of commission for an extended amount of time. In this instance, investing in fixing your old boiler may be a waste of money, especially if it develops frequent defects that cause maintenance costs to mount quickly, therefore you should consider investing in a brand new, modern boiler.

2. Are you able to get an extended warranty on your new boiler? 

If you have made the decision to invest in a new boiler, the first thing you should ensure is that your new boiler has an extended warranty This leads us nicely to the question of the manufacturer's warranty, which for older boiler systems will most likely have expired. However, by purchasing a new boiler from a respected brand, such as Baxi, you can typically acquire an extended warranty, which may last for 12 years or more from the time of purchase. This eliminates the need for any expensive maintenance in the future, resulting in long-term savings that truly pile up over time.

3. How energy-efficient is your current boiler?

Even if you have an older boiler that is still in good working order, non-condensing systems are at least 20% less efficient than modern, A-rated boilers. Make no mistake: modern units are frequently more than 90% efficient, and they may save you up to £300 on your energy expenses over the course of a normal 12-month period. These savings should be considered since they can help you return your new boiler expenditure in a reasonably short amount of time.