5 signs that you may need a new boiler
As well as the costs involved, a faulty boiler can leave you without basic facilities, or be downright dangerous.
Since it is such a heavily used piece of kit, it is important that you keep your boiler in good working order the year round.
A faulty boiler can often go unnoticed until it is far too late – we have put together the top 5 signs that your boiler may be on the blink.
- Radiators and water take longer to heat up than they once did.
You probably have a good idea of how long it takes for your radiators to get warm, or for your boiler to run hot water. If you are finding that it is taking longer than it once did to heat your radiators, it is likely down to an inefficient boiler.
Do your radiators stay tepid or take hours to get hot? This could mean that your boiler is on its way out. Most modern boilers can reach their maximum temperature quickly and produce heat almost instantly.
By applying for a boiler grant with RST, you could have your boiler replaced at a fraction of the typical cost, thanks to Government ECO3 funding. To qualify for funding, you simply need to be a homeowner in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits, and your current boiler needs to be at least 6 years old.
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If you have recently had a new boiler installed, there are still safety measures that you should put in place to protect against a carbon monoxide leak, such as installing Carbon Monoxide detectors throughout your property.
- Your boiler is leaking
If any form of leak is detected, you should act immediately. Not only can the leak itself cause problems such as property damage, but it could be an early sign of wear on parts that could lead to a gas leak or something more serious.
Calling out a professional engineer should be the first action taken if your boiler is leaking. Once this is done, it can either be repaired or replaced.
As we suggest on our FAQS PAGE, a full boiler replacement can be much more beneficial than a temporary repair.
- Your energy bills are going up unexpectedly
Energy companies often increase their rates, but that isn’t what we’re talking about here. If you find that your bills are creeping up unexpectedly, with no obvious explanation, then it may be because your boiler is losing efficiency and having to work overtime.
Is it probably a good idea to ask your professional gas safe engineer to check this when you get your next boiler service?
Even if your boiler isn’t losing efficiency, a boiler that is inefficient from the get to may be costing you a lot more than it perhaps could be. If you have annual heating bills of say £800, with a 70% efficient boiler, upgrading to a new A Rated 95% efficient boiler will save you 25% of that …that’s £200 a year!
All the boilers that we install at RST are A rated, so you can rest assured that your boiler is working for you and keeping your bills as low as possible.
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- Your boiler is making funny noises
Boilers aren’t silent and should usually produce a low and constant humming sound when working as they should – this usually goes completely unnoticed.
A sign of things not being right may be a clunking sound or banging and whistling. There are several issues that could cause the noises, but all of them point toward the boiler not working as it should.
If your boiler is making obscure noises, the first thing to do would be to switch the boiler off so that no further damage is done, then, as you may have guessed already …call a professional!
- The boiler is emitting a strange odour
A healthy boiler should run almost unnoticed, at low volume and with certainly no odour being given off. If your boiler is giving off a bad smell, then this could be a sign of one of the more dangerous issues – contact a professional immediately.
A funny odour could be a sign of a carbon monoxide leak; although Carbon Monoxide itself is odourless, the smell could be the boiler not burning properly.
Carbon Monoxide poisoning can cause headaches, nausea and vomiting, and at worst can be fatal. Carbon monoxide warning signs that shouldn’t be ignored include:
- The boiler is burning a yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame
- Dark soot staining on and around the appliance
- Pilot light that frequently blows out
- Increased condensation inside windows.
If you notice any of these warning signs, you should evacuate your home immediately and call the emergency gas line on 0800 111999 to inspect the leak safely. You and anyone else who have been in the property should be checked by a doctor. If you have a pet, take it to the vet, too.
If you have found that your boiler is emitting a strange odour, or making worrying noises and you simply want to replace it, apply for funding toward a new boiler & installation with us today: Apply now