Let’s face it, as hard as it is to admit, winter is very quickly approaching. As the days get shorter and the weather becomes more unforgiving, you may feel the irresistible urge to stay at home for the majority of your free time. During the colder months of the year, it is more important than ever to create a cosy environment in your home. In fact, after a hectic summer, some people may even look forward to quiet nights in front of the television.
As the weather turns colder and colder you may initially find this to be quite a shock, especially in the first few days when you have yet to turn on your heating. Once the temperature finally drops consistently, your boiler soon becomes an absolute necessity rather than a luxury. For this reason, it is essential that your boiler is in good condition before winter is in full swing. If you have ever had to brave winter without heating or hot water, then you know the importance of having a boiler in your home.
You might be asking yourself whether you need a new boiler this winter, while having a new boiler will obviously give you some peace of mind this can also be quite expensive. One thing to ensure is that you regularly check that your boiler is running efficiently. If you are a landlord then you are actually legally obligated to have a gas safe registered engineer perform an annual gas safety check on your property.
In the event that your boiler breaks down or is beginning to become faulty, it is important that you raise this immediately with your landlord. Even a very minor fault can soon become a much bigger problem so it is always best to act as soon as you notice anything. Furthermore, a faulty boiler does not always require a replacement, in fact you will normally only need to have your boiler repaired in the event that it becomes faulty.
If you are wondering when you should get your boiler checked then there a few signs that you need to look out for. In this article, we have addressed a few of the signs that you should take notice of. On top of this, you should always ensure that your landlord regularly performs gas safety checks and make sure that they do not make any excuses, after all, this is your safety.
Your Boiler is Making Strange Noises
If your boiler is beginning to make strange noises that it was previously not making then this is an issue you should definitely not ignore. Often, boilers can begin to make strange noises if they are relatively old and it could be a sign that they are in need of a replacement. In some cases, simply replacing a part here or there could solve the problem and this is one of the reasons that you need to have your boiler looked at as soon as it begins to make any noises that it previously wasn’t making.
Your Boiler is Old
Even if you have noticed any noises coming from your boiler, if your boiler is over 10 years old then it may be worth having your boiler checked replaced. An older boiler will be more likely to break down but what’s more is that an older boiler will also tend to be less energy efficient. Although having your boiler replaced may be an initial financial investment the reduced cost for energy usage may actually save you money in the long run.
You Have Frequently Had Your Boiler Repaired
Although having your boiler repaired is a great option rather than having a replacement, if you have noticed that you are consistently having your boiler repaired then it may be the time to have a replacement to avoid paying for repairs every few months. Every time you call out an engineer to repair your boiler you should also let them know of any previous problem your boiler has had so they can advise you whether a replacement will be the best course of action.
Your Boiler is Leaking
This may seem obvious but if you ever notice that your boiler is leaking then this is a problem that you need to immediately address. An unattended leak could cause major damage to your home and can also be deadly. It is never worth taking the risk and you should contact a professional at the first sign of a leak.
As you can see, it isn’t always the best choice to have your boiler replaced immediately, sometimes having your boiler repaired would be much cheaper and effective. In any event, acting as soon as you notice any problem with your boiler is essential, if not to save you money in the long run, a faulty boiler can also be extremely dangerous if left unattended.
About the Author
Jack McGivern works For Eric Collier & Son who specialise in Boiler Repairs in Cardiff.