Boilers that are more than ten years old are inefficient, gas-burning beasts (usually). This guide explains how you may find out additional information about your boiler, such as its age.
Is your boiler showing signs of wear and tear? There are a variety of good reasons to find out how old your boiler is.
Perhaps you’re aware that the boiler’s efficiency degrades with age and want to save money on your heating expenses, or perhaps you’re just looking to see whether the warranty is still in effect.
Boilers over 10 years old have a far higher likelihood of breaking down, so you’ll probably be paying for boiler repairs and callout fees sooner rather than later.
So, how can you figure out how old a boiler is? Let’s have a look…
What is the age of my boiler?
Checking the serial number on your boiler is the fastest and simplest method to figure out how old it is.
The serial number on the boiler resembles a barcode and may include both numbers and digits, making it unique to your boiler.
This serial number may be found on a label or sticker on the boiler’s external casing. The installation instructions, the drop-down panel, or the bottom of the boiler all include this barcode label.
Importantly, the serial number gives information about the year your boiler was built.
Signs that your boiler is on its last legs
Of course, you’ll want to double-check the age of your boiler before making any judgments about replacing or fixing it.
With that in mind, here are several main indicators that your boiler is approaching its end of life and should be replaced as soon as possible:
Boilers that are more than ten years old lose their energy efficiency.
Boilers that are brand new and A-rated are at least 90% efficient, however boilers that are over 15 years old are not. Instead, they’re usually G-rated, which implies they’re just 70 percent effective.
Boilers also lose their capacity to retain their original and optimal efficiency as a result of wear and tear. So, no matter what ERP rating your boiler gets, it won’t be as efficient as it once was if it’s beyond 10 years old.
G-rated boilers are generally over ten years old and only have a 70 percent efficiency rating. This indicates that for every £1 invested, 30p is squandered. Modern A-rated boilers (such as the ones installed by Elite Group) are 90%+ efficient.
What exactly does this imply?
It basically indicates that it will cost you more to operate in terms of energy usage, particularly if it’s an older non-condensing type (the ones that are G-rated).
As a result, if your gas bill is larger than normal, it may be time to reevaluate your position and consider purchasing a new boiler.
Read more about boiler efficiency.
Breakdowns on a Regular Basis
Boilers, like vehicles, are mechanical machines with a lot of moving components and frequent heat exposure. As a consequence, they are prone to wear and tear over time, and components will ultimately fail and need replacement.
Of course, boilers will need minor repairs or basic maintenance from time to time, particularly during the first few years of operation.
However, when the boiler ages, such as after 10 years, malfunctions may become more frequent, resulting in costly emergency calls and repairs.
In this case, it’s generally more cost-effective to purchase a new boiler than to maintain paying for maintenance on your old one, not to mention avoiding the nuisance of having an unreliable one.
When should your boiler be replaced?
As previously stated, a boiler’s efficiency decreases with age, therefore a boiler that is 90% efficient now may be less than 80% efficient in ten years.
This means it will use more fuel and provide less heat, leaving you with a more difficult to heat home and a ballooning heating cost.
Older boilers are also more prone to malfunctions and repairs, which may rapidly add up.
As a consequence, it’s common advice to replace your boiler between the ages of 10 and 15. As a result, if you’re nearing this deadline or are already dealing with the inconvenience of a failing boiler, it’s a good idea to get a free price for a new one that includes a Gas Safe installation.
What is the price of a new boiler?
The ultimate cost, like that of a regular boiler installation, will vary and be determined by a number of variables, including the following:
- The sort of boiler you’ve installed, such as a combi or a system boiler.
- The model you choose, for example, mid-range vs. premium
- If you wish to relocate your boiler, follow these steps.
- If you wish to switch from one kind of boiler to another,
- Any additional items you buy, such as smart thermostats, filters, and so on
For example, a simple combi swap (placing a new combi boiler in place of your old one) will be less costly than switching from one kind of boiler to another, such as switching from a combi to a system boiler.
A combi boiler replacement is the most typical emergency boiler replacement. It’s lot more straightforward, which saves money. This is due to the fact that these installations are more intricate, requiring more time, labour, and resources. There’s more of everything.
The good news is that Elite Group provide a variety of payment options for your replacement boiler, including cash and pay-as-you-go boilers, as well as access to government funding under the ECO scheme.