Your boiler is essential for you and your family to live in a safe, comfortable and clean environment. It does a lot of heavy lifting, especially in long cold winters and springs, such as we have recently enjoyed!

The boiler is the main source of household energy bills, so it makes sense to keep it in good condition. An efficient boiler will lead to a reduced carbon footprint and help to tackle climate change. It also provides reliable and good quality heating and hot water of course.

Sometimes, it can be hard to know whether to have a less efficient or fault-prone boiler repaired, or make the decision to replace it. Firstly, consider the age of the boiler: the average life span is 10-15 years, so if it is older than this, and loses pressure frequently, it may be best to replace it.

Next, inspect the boiler for leaks. This may be a sign of corrosion in the system or the heat exchanger, or of loose fittings or broken seals. If there are visible signs of water seepage, it’s best seek advice from your local plumbing specialist, unless you have prior training in this area.

If your boiler is making odd noises or emitting strange smells, this is definitely a red flag. Check the colour of the flame; if it is yellow, the boiler may be emitting dangerous carbon monoxide. If the flame isn’t always blue, have your boiler immediately checked over by a professional, who will be able to advise the best course of action.

If you find your water temperature is inconsistent, and your energy bills seem high for the size of the property, a more modern efficient boiler will improve this situation. It is usually false economy to keep paying for repairs on an old, fault-prone boiler, and a new one will provide some return on investment, with lower heating bills.

If you are looking for plumbers in Oswestry Shropshire, please contact us today!