It’s easy to spot the tell-tale signs of a boiler that’s on its way out. Is it making a lot of noise when running? Is it unreliable? When you get it serviced do you end up paying extra for repairs and replacement parts? Is it old? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to replace your boiler and upgrade it to a newer, energy efficient model. Here’s everything you need to know about replacing your boiler and why you should do it sooner rather than later.
Consider the initial cost
Replacing your boiler is not a small task – in most cases you will expect to pay around €1000 for a reliable, energy efficient model, and then you’ll have installation charges on top of that as you’ll need a registered engineer to fit this properly and check it is working as it should. Check and see if you qualify for any relief payments or boiler scrappage schemes in Ireland to help you cover this major expense.
Make more efficient use of your home heating oil
As your boiler ages, it has to work harder to heat your home and your water to the same level as it did when it was first installed. If your boiler is over 15 years old, it’s very unlikely that it’s being as energy efficient, even if you have it serviced annually. This will cost you more in home heating oil, so if you want to make more efficient use of your fuel spend, consider upgrading your boiler sooner rather than later to start seeing savings.
Safer and less prone to breakage
As your boiler ages, it will naturally incur some wear and tear on the moving parts, which can break down and need replaced, which is a key motivation to replace your boiler quickly before any major (and costly) faults develop. Any fault with your boiler can increase your risk of being exposed to deadly carbon monoxide, so it’s essential that you get your boiler serviced and get a reliable carbon monoxide alarm fitted.
Which boiler is right for you?
Do you need a conventional boiler just to heat your home? Or do you need a boiler that can heat your water as well as your radiators – a ‘combi’ boiler? Talk to a heating engineer who can advise you on the right option for your home and family – often, it will depend on many factors, like the size of your home, the number of bathrooms, the amount of space you have available and whether you need your hot water tank.
Is there a better time to have a boiler replaced?
Ideally, we would recommend that you have your boiler replaced during the summer. The installation normally doesn’t last for more than a day or two, so in the warmer weather you’ll be less likely to notice the lack of heating. Also, as plumbers and boiler engineers are generally in higher demand during the colder months, you’ll be more likely to be able to plan the installation around a time that suits you, and might even get a better deal.
Hopefully you’re more prepared now when it comes to knowing what to expect with a boiler replacement, and don’t forget you can contact us anytime using our online quote form for a great deal on your next home heating oil top up.