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replacement vs repair which is best for my boiler
Posted in News
08/07/2021

Replacement vs Repair: Which is Best for My Boiler?

There’s nothing worse than a boiler that doesn’t do its job. To put an end to the cold evenings and freezing showers, you’ll need to get it repaired or replaced. But which is best for you?

In the vast majority of cases, replacement costs more than repairs up front. However, it could also work out cheaper in the long run. Read on as we take a closer look…

How often does it break down?

The first question to ask yourself is: how often does your boiler break down? If it’s been working well for the past few years and you’ve only just encountered a problem, repairs might be the best option.

Whether it’s a part replacement or a power flush, there are various things that can be done to give your boiler a new lease of life once the root cause has been identified.

On the other hand, if your boiler has been encountering problems for a few years and continues to break down or not work properly, it could be time for a replacement. Not least because the ongoing cost of repairs will stack up and eventually cost as much as a replacement over the course of 2-3 years.

What’s actually wrong with it?

As well as the frequency of problems, it’s important to find out what’s actually wrong with your boiler. If it’s a single issue that can be identified and fixed, like a corroded pipe, then repairs are a practical option.

On the other hand, an old boiler might have developed numerous problems over the years. If it’s out of warranty and you need to fork out for various repairs, it’s probably a better option to bite the bullet and replace your boiler. That’s especially true if your boiler is unsafe, with replacement helping you avoid leaks, fires or even explosions.

Energy efficiency and your bills

Another consideration when it comes to repair vs replacement is energy efficiency. As well as the potential savings on repairs, replacing your boiler will usually have a significant impact on your energy bills.

It’s estimated that boilers more than 25 years old are just 60-70% efficient. That means 30-40% of their energy is being wasted – leaving your bills significantly higher.

Even the best-kept boilers will become less efficient over time, with those more than a decade old estimated to be around 80% efficient.

On the flipside, modern boilers have to be A-rated as standard, with 92-94% efficiency in factory testing. The result? Your replacement boiler will cost a lot less to run than an old boiler that’s been repaired.

Repair vs replacement – what’s best for you

Ultimately, the decision between repair and replacement comes down to what’s best for you, your boiler and your home. At Glasgow Boiler Repair, we’ll leave no stone unturned to identify the root cause of your boiler’s problems.

We charge a fixed fee of £60 for a callout, with a clear quote for any boiler repairs that will take longer or require extra parts. If we can’t repair your boiler, we’ll be completely upfront and honest, and you won’t have to pay the £60 at all.

We can then recommend the best replacement boiler for your requirements with a no obligation quote. Get in touch with our team today to arrange an inspection for your boiler.

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Michael Queen
Glasgow Boiler Repair are an independent Glasgow based gas, plumbing and heating company that operates efficiently, personably and with complete transparency. Keep up to date with all our latest news and advice on our blog.
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