If you have had your boiler for a while, there are a few warning signs you may notice that are an indication that it is time to have a new one fitted. As your boiler gets older, it is natural that it will gradually perform less effectively, and there are only so many repairs and replacement parts you can have fitted before it gives up. If you think it may be time to upgrade your boiler, there are a few things you should look out for and numerous benefits you will see from having a new system fitted.

What warning signs should you look out for?

Energy bills

Despite the fact that energy bills are rising at record rates at the moment, this may not be telling the full story. It is worthwhile looking at your heating and hot water usage to tell what is the cause of your rising bills. If you notice that the amount you are being charged on your heating bill is too much, the type of boiler you have may have something to do with this. If it is an older system, it is likely that it has become less energy efficient and is therefore leaving you further out of pocket each month. Modern heating systems are known for their efficiency, so installing an A-rated boiler can lead to you saving money on your monthly bills.

Boiler flame

When your boiler is running smoothly with no issues, you should see a bright blue flame burning. If you have noticed this change to yellow or even orange, it is a sign that your system is not working properly. We would recommend that you contact a gas safe registered engineer and have a boiler service carried out as soon as possible. If you have recently had a service and this problem persists, it may be time to have a new central heating system fitted.

Regular breakdowns

The typical lifespan of a conventional boiler is 10-15 years, and if yours is approaching this age you may be suffering regular breakdowns. Losing your heating and hot water at inconvenient times is only going to cause disruption in your home and will result in you having to pay out for repairs. Replacement parts for older boilers also become harder to come by, which will add to the headache of your boiler not functioning properly.

Suspicious smell

If you can smell gas coming from your boiler, this is a sign that there is a leak and there is an immediate risk to the occupants of your property. If you believe you can smell gas, you should call the National Gas Emergencies number on 0800 111 999. If you have an ageing heating system in your home, there is an increased risk of this, but installing a modern boiler can give you peace of mind.

If you notice any of these issues with your central heating, it may be time for you to upgrade. Having a full functioning, healthy boiler in your home can have a number of benefits including increased efficiency, less risk of breakdown and a reduction in monthly bills, which makes the initial boiler cost worthwhile. At Gas Tech Heating, our team of heating engineers are Gas Safe registered, and are experienced in boiler installation for all major manufacturers including Worcester Bosch, Viessmann and Baxi. If you are looking at a new regular, system or combi boiler, we can carry out a full installation and ensure everything is running smoothly in your home. To arrange installation or servicing with us, call now on 01442 832202 or email