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Boiler replacement VS boiler repair?

This can sometimes be quite daunting when faced with a hefty repair bill or quote to replace your boiler. Some things to consider when looking to replace or repair your boiler: How old is your boiler? The energy-saving trust recommends upgrading your boiler every 15 years on efficiency grounds. The life span for a combi boiler and some heat only boilers is 10 years; before you start to spend mega bucks on parts and repairs, consider how much, if anything that you have spent on it already and whether or not your willing to spend any more on it.

At the end of the day its up to you the homeowner/client just find out what options you have and discuss thoroughly with your engineer and go for what best suits your needs.

Get the opinion of a Gas Safe registered boiler expert

If you have had a gas safe registered engineer take a look at at, listen to what he/she says these people are knowledgeable about this situation. Maybe your engineer recommends a replacement due to the age of the boiler and cost of parts to fix it. If your not happy with that assessment you can always get a second or third opinion. Some engineers may say that they will carry out repairs but they wont guarantee the work as its possible that once the part is replaced another part may become faulty.

As an example, A boiler I repaired recently required the diverter valve to be changed, I isolated and drained the boiler then swapped out the part. Filled the boiler back up and still it was faulty. Nothing wrong with the diagnosis it’s just that another part had failed this time the low water pressure sensor. Luckily enough it is a relativity inexpensive part to replace.

Working out the breakdown

Diverter valve £144, Low water pressure sensor £38 and cost to fit £60, total cost £242 to repair an old boiler. My customer had spent nothing on this boiler so far and it had been installed for 10 years, we discussed the options available and she opted for the repair.

To conclude on the question: Boiler replacement VS boiler repair?

So is it worth repairing? See how old it is, how much your willing to spend on it, get a second or third opinion. At the end of the day its up to you the homeowner/client just find out what options you have and discuss thoroughly with your engineer and go for what best suits your needs.

1 Comment

  1. danny dukes says:

    used this firm to fit new boiler as mine had died and was very happy with them. they were there when they said they would be, cheaper than other quotes i’d had and most importantly my boiler has been in for 20 months and i’ve not had any problems with it. very happy customer who would be pleased to recommend them to anyone – cheers guys

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