"Nowadays, boilers come with warranties that go up to 10 years (12 years on certain models) but you can extend your boiler’s life for longer if you take proper care of it. In other words, your boiler’s life depends on the attention you pay it. "— What’s an Average Life of a Boiler and How to Extend Its Lifespan
Nowadays, boilers come with warranties that go up to 10 years (12 years on certain models) but you can extend your boiler’s life for longer if you take proper care of it. In other words, your boiler’s life depends on the attention you pay it. Here we break down the average life of a boiler and give you some tips on how to increase its chances of living a long and efficient life.
What’s an Average Life of a Boiler?
An average life of a boiler is 10 to 15 years. That means your boiler will, probably, stay functional for 2 to 5 years after the warranty expires. If you don’t maintain your boiler regularly, there’s a chance it won’t last longer than 9 to 10 years – only until its warranty lasts. That means if you don’t have it serviced annually or if you don’t descale it once it builds deposits, you will have to buy a new boiler sooner that you expect. And we guess paying out for a new boiler is a cost you’d rather not have.
On the other hand, Your Heat experts have seen boilers more than 20 years old working just fine. How is it possible? The more you take care of your boiler, the more return on investment it will provide.
How to Extend Your Boiler’s Lifespan
It’s not rocket science! You can and should give your boiler some love if you don’t have the spare cash to spend on new boilers every few years. Here are our top 3 tips to ensure your boiler’s fruitful life.
1. Get It Serviced
Have your boiler serviced annually by a Gas Safe engineer if you want to prevent costly problems and safety threats. When you buy a new boiler, you are required to have it regularly serviced in accordance with the warranty. Some of the tasks an annual service includes are visual inspection, testing the working pressure, testing the gas rate and checking the boiler’s safety.
Sludge and buildup can mess up your boiler and radiators’ efficiency. If you have noticed your radiators are cold at the bottom and the temperature in your home isn’t as high as it used to be, it is about time to powerflush the system.
You are going to need a powerflush machine for this. This machine attacks buildups by delivering water mixed with a system cleaning agent at high pressure. Powerflush can be totally worth it if your boiler and the system are older than 5 years but won’t do much if you have completely neglected the deposits within the system.
3. Bleed Your Radiators
Air can cause buildup in your radiators and put pressure on the boiler as well, which can cause its premature failure. Again, you will know there is a problem when your radiators are not heating up the space properly. The solution to this is to bleed those radiators. You can do this yourself or hire a professional.
You get the point – proper maintenance can extend the life of your boiler to around 20 years. Knowing an average life of a boiler is just 10 years, it’s good to know proper care make it last almost twice as long. If you don’t want to spend money on costly repairs or replace your boiler every 10 years, buy a boiler from us and subscribe to one of our care plans. We are there to answer all your questions so contact us any time!