With the summer days slowly approaching, it is easy to become much more complacent about your boiler when less heating is required. However, it is extremely important to keep an eye out for any issues.
One of the main questions asked by GlenFarrow customers is ‘when do you know a boiler needs replacing?’. Well we are here to help! The following is list of GlenFarrow’s top ten signs that let you know your boiler may be coming to the end of its lifespan.
1. How old is ‘too old’ for a commercial boiler?
Do you know how long your boiler has been installed for? On average, a commercial boiler is designed to last around 15-20 years. However, we suggest that if your unit is ten years or older, it may be a good time to start thinking about investing in a newer version.
This is because the older your boiler is, the less efficient it becomes over time. Replacing your old unit with a newer, more efficient model minimises the risk of costly future breakdowns and can help to reduce fuel consumption.
2. My boiler’s making a funny noise…
If your boiler starts to make new and/or unusual noises, then it is likely an issue is starting to arise. The causes of strange noises within a unit can be varied. It could be anything from pressure building up incorrectly, to wear and tear. Noise is also hard to detect as it can travel throughout the unit, making it harder to pin point where it is coming from.
Often, these issues require simple routine repairs from an engineer. However, it could be something more serious and you may require a replacement boiler, so it is always best to check. Our engineers at GlenFarrow are able to perform routine check ups on commercial units to help get to the bottom of your noise issues.
3. How efficient is your boiler?
More often than not, one of the main reasons as to why a boiler needs replacing is down to its efficiency. The older your unit is, the less efficient it becomes over time. For every penny you spend on your energy bills, you want to make sure you are getting the most energy as possible out of it. With newer and more efficient models having longer warranties, it would be a more cost effective solution to invest in a replacement.
4. Frequent breakdowns
GlenFarrow understands the stresses a commercial boiler breakdown can cause to a business. A broken boiler can result in expensive repair costs and unhappy employees.
If boiler breakdowns are becoming more and more frequent with your unit, then a replacement may be your best option. Investing in a new boiler is a more cost effective solution than repairing your old boiler multiple times. Most of the commercial boilers that GlenFarrow install come with 3-5 year warranties, giving you peace of mind as there is less risk of a breakdown.
5. Is your boiler leaking?
The older your boiler is, the higher the risk of leaks.
Leaks are not only an indicator that there is an issue with the boiler, but also pose a greater risk to your property. If not resolved, leaks can cause mould build up and water damage to the surrounding areas of the unit.
Obvious things to look out for are cracks on the body of the boiler and dried, worn out seals.
6. My energy bills keep going up and up…
An inefficient boiler can have a huge impact on your energy bills. Even if your boiler is regularly serviced, older boilers are known to become less efficient over time. To put it simply….
Low efficiency = rising energy bills
So if you see an increase in your energy bills, it may be time to replace your boiler.
7. Waiting forever for your boiler to heat up?
If your boiler is taking longer to heat up your building than usual, then there is likely an issue with the unit. A slow start up could be a sign of a bigger problem, so don’t ignore it!
8. Inefficient combustion
This is probably one of the biggest health risks concerning issues with a boiler. A unit that has incomplete combustion can leak carbon monoxide, which is incredibly dangerous to humans. Carbon monoxide is undetectable to humans as it has no taste or smell. You can prevent this risk with planned maintenance and replacing your unit if necessary.
9. Is your boiler behind with the times?
If you have an older boiler model, it is likely that any spare parts you may require will be discontinued. This makes it a lot harder to repair your boiler if parts are unavailable. If this is the case, replacing your boiler would be the best and in some occasions the only solution.
10. New and improved technology
Boiler technology is developing all the time. New and improved innovations come with many benefits including smaller footprints, higher efficiency, lower energy bills and more flexible units providing more free space in your building.
Don’t leave it too late for your boiler! Get in touch with Chris Steadman today on 01775 722327.
Find more about our commercial heating services here: https://glenfarrow.co.uk/services/commercial-heating/