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How long do boilers last?

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Most people don’t realise how important a boiler is to their home until it breaks. Your boiler provides you with warm water and keeps your home warm in the colder months. When your boiler breaks you can quickly realise how important your boiler is.

Making sure your boiler doesn’t break is important as a homeowner because even though boiler installation is affordable these days it’s not something that people budget for. When a boiler breaks down and you can’t fix it, it’s an unwanted and unplanned cost.

Part of keeping your boiler running efficiently is knowing how long do boilers last and in this blog post, we will answer that exact question.

How long do boilers last?

Boilers last 10 to 15 years on average.

You can prolong the life of your boiler by getting your boiler serviced each year. Other circumstances need to be considered to prolong the life of a boiler.

More expensive boilers will generally last longer. Companies such as Bosch, Valliant and Worcester are known for their quality and tend to last longer than cheaper systems. Having a reliable boiler and can last longer than a decade is important as it saves you money and with the new boiler ban coming into place in 2025 it could save you from having to buy an expensive system that has many downsides such as a solar panel heating system.

When having a boiler installed you should also make sure that it is fitted by someone qualified to do so. Look out for gas engineers with gas safe registrations as not only is this a legal requirement but it will also mean that your new boiler will be fitted to the correct standard so you will get many years of use out of it.

To prolong the life of your boiler you should make sure the boiler produces enough energy to heat your entire home. Having a smaller boiler that struggles with the output of your home is going to put too much stress on the boiler system. This stress will wear your boiler out taking many years off its life expectancy.

When should you replace your boiler?

As mentioned above the average life cycle of a new boiler is between 10 and 15 years. If your boiler is still going strong after this you should still consider replacing your boiler as the efficiency of your boiler may have gone down over the years.

Buying a new boiler ahead of a potential breakdown will save you from having to pay nasty fees that can occur when you try to fix a boiler system. A new boiler especially if your old system is 10 years old will be more efficient and will save you money on your heating and gas fees.

If you don’t want to buy a new boiler as yours is still working fine, here are a few signs to look out for which could indicate that it’s time to replace your old boiler.

  • Your boiler needs to be repaired constantly.
  • The cost of a repair is not too much cheaper than a new boiler.
  • Leaks are being found and your boiler is losing pressure.
  • Your water isn’t as hot as it used to be or takes longer to warm up.
  • Your bills are going up for the same usage.
  • Your boiler is giving off smells.
  • Your radiators are cold.

If you are noticing any of these occurring then you should think about replacing your boiler. If you need a new boiler but don’t know what option you should go for contact us and we will be happy to talk you through the best options for your home.

Why is the efficiency of your boiler important?

During the summer you may not think too much about the importance of your boiler, but when the winter months hit, your boiler can be accountable for 60% of your energy usage around the home. Having an efficient boiler will keep your bills down and will produce the heat you need quickly.

If you are considering replacing your boiler we recommend using a hot flush within your system to clear out any sludge that could be remaining. This sludge is the remains of rust from your pipes and radiators and if this isn’t cleaned out it could damage your new boiler.

Choosing a new boiler

As part of our boiler installation service we can help you select a new boiler that is perfect for your home. We also have a quote system on that page that can automatically recommend a boiler for your home based on the rooms you have within it. (Larger homes will require more powerful boilers to keep up with the demand).

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