When should I replace my boiler?
For a species that relies so heavily on boilers for half of the seasonal year, you’d think that we would know a lot more about them – but understanding boilers isn’t as easy as it should be.
Of course, there are the obvious signs that your boiler isn’t working correctly – like having to endure an excruciatingly cold shower out of the blue! There are also less obvious things to keep a watchful eye out for which could indicate your boiler is on the brink of a breakdown.
Here’s our top 8 warning signs that your boiler needs replacing:
New boiler vs replacement boiler
Before we move onto the cost of replacement boilers, there’s something we need to make clear – there is a difference between a new boiler and a replacement boiler. But what is the difference? And no, this isn’t a trick question.
If you’re getting a new boiler, it means this is the first time you’ve had this specific model, and you’ll need all-new infrastructure installed along with the machine. For example, if you’re going from a system boiler to a combi boiler, you will need to start from scratch.
Whereas, if it’s a replacement boiler, it’s a different (and hopefully more up-to-date) version of the same model, which means you’ll already have a lot of the necessary parts in place.
So, if you’re thinking of getting a new boiler, it will probably be a bit more pricey than a replacement boiler, as you’ll be starting from scratch. On the flip-side, getting either a new boiler or a replacement boiler will mean that you’re likely to save money on your bills over time. We’re in it for the long-run.
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- Armed Forces Independence Payment
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- Carer’s Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Personal Independence Payment
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)
- Universal Credit
- War Pensions Mobility Supplement