Homeowners vs. Boilers – 5 signs your boiler needs replacing

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As a homeowner and a landlord, there is one item in the home that is my arch-nemesis, it is the boiler. An essential bit of kit for the central heating and hot water, but on occasion, they can be temperamental and we’ve had a couple of old boilers decide to conk out at the worst possible time. When your boiler isn’t working properly, you’ll know about it (unless you love icy cold showers) so taking care of them is so important.

When it comes to boiler maintenance, sometimes a small problem can be fixed but there comes a time where your boiler just needs to go. The cost of fixing it and maintenance will begin to outweigh the cost of just getting a newer, more efficient boiler, which also may come with a guarantee. A great place to look for your boiler replacement is Duffy Heating. It might seem expensive at the time, but in the long run, it’s the safest, most cost-effective solution.

Today I am going to be sharing with you 5 signs it’s time to get a replacement for your boiler.

Frequent Breakdowns

Is your boiler on the brink? If it keeps breaking down and you need to call out the engineer more than 2-3 times a year it’s probably worth working out whether it’s worth saving. Good boilers should be reliable and not break down easily so the chances are if your boiler has stopped working it’s on it’s way out.

A way to keep your boiler working nicely all year round would be to get it serviced which should keep it in working order and flag up any issues before they get to a point where it would break down.

An odd smell or noises

If your boiler is making an odd smell or any unusual noises when it’s running, this is a sign your boiler is not working properly. There may even be a gas leak so turn off your boiler and seek emergency advice immediately by calling the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 (UK).


A boiler should never leak any water, so if you see any leaks or drips this would need to be fixed by an engineer. The chances are this is a problem that could be fixed as maybe a seal or valve has broken but always seek professional advice as water mixing with electrics could be dangerous or cause a short circuit.

Your bill is more expensive

When a boiler is running at a lesser efficiency it will require more energy than usual, therefore your monthly utility bills will start to creep up. A less efficient boiler will always cost more money to run. Your yearly service may sort out any issues or you may discover it would be cheaper in the long term to replace your boiler for a newer, more energy-efficient model.

You can’t find the parts

With older boilers, often the parts will be discontinued and will become harder to obtain, even through specialists. If you can no longer source the right parts for your boiler and it has broken down it may be time for a replacement!

I hope you’ve found this post helpful! 


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