The choice between old and new boiler for a customer is a personal decision. However, professionals have an in-depth understanding of it, and any assistance rendered my end up, not only saving money in the long run but also creating a trustworthy customer relationship. Boilers are an integral part of normal lives and any disturbance from this norm can create some discomfort. If it happens, consider these factors before you think of either repairing or replacing it altogether.
- The years it has been in use
Most electrical products tend to be improved with time, between 5 to 10 years on average, and boilers are no exception. This is done so as to improve their usage (power consumption and efficiency). It also affects the generation of spare parts. So 10 years is the cut-off factor in determining whether to do a boiler repair or replacement. The age of the boiler can be found on the product manual or by going to its website and search by the boiler’s model.
- The Energy Consumption Rate
This is mostly considered when the operational cost is considered. It is also an age question: the longer the age, the higher the consumption. Boilers installed post-2004 are highly efficient with a high energy rating. The rank of the boiler in energy consumption can be found on the manufacturer’s website.
- The cost
The number of resources used to get the boiler back on track is also a factor. The marginal benefit, both in savings and time comes to play. Replacing components like the central heating system can go as far as hundreds of pounds while buying another boiler for a few pounds more could go a long way in solving the problem, and any other problem that seems likely.
- The Operability
This factor seeks to find out the number of times the boiler has broken down or caused any other operational setback. A boiler which has been repaired before tends to need more attention compared to a newer one. This directly implies more costs in purchases and service charge.
- Long-Term Benefit
Some customers do not mind changing a boiler as long as it gives them a peace of mind. It saves more on time wasted in waiting for repairs, frequent technological changes and the costs applicable. It might cost more as the face value but makes more sense as a long-term investment.
The choice to do boiler repair or boiler replacement is a cost affair; pitting short-term to long-term remedy. However, for a piece of mind, a customer should choose a method that has a significant marginal difference between cost and utility. Technology is also a factor, lest he or she finds the design obsolete.
Boiler breakdown can cause a lot of inconveniences, especially when it occurs during cold wintry weather. What is even more stressing is when you do not know whether to consider boiler repair or replacement. There are some situations that will warrant a repair, while at other times, it is cheaper to replace your boiler in the long run. Here we give you some factors to consider when making a decision on the best course of action to take.
Safety is the first consideration you should make. If your boiler is old and poses some risks, then the best course of action to take is to replace it. It is highly advisable to seek the advice from a professional to assess the situation of your boiler. Even if an engineer can fix it, it may still be a risk, and if it leaks carbon monoxide, it may endanger you and other occupants of the house. A professional will be able to assess the condition of your boiler and offer you advice on what to do.
Cost is also a huge determinant on whether to have your boiler fixed or repaired. While repairing a boiler may be cheaper, getting a new and efficient boiler may save you money in the long run. If it is just a small problem, then a boiler repair will be sufficient. However, if it requires regular repairs, the costs may add up and you may find yourself paying more than if you had considered investing in a new one. Furthermore, you may find it more cost effective to invest in a more modern energy efficient boiler if your boiler is old.
Condition and age of the boiler
The condition and age of your boiler will also determine whether to replace or repair it. If it constantly breakdown and it is old, then you may consider investing in a new one. You may also find it costly and hard getting repair parts for an old boiler. New technology has enabled the development of highly efficient boilers. You will also need to consider whether your boiler is reliable or not. If it is constantly causing inconveniences, the investing in a new one is a better option. Even if you have an old boiler that is reliable and does not breakdown frequently, you should take into consideration whether investing in a new one will reduce energy costs.