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How do I extend the lifetime of my boiler?

There's no denying that residents in Bristol and the surrounding regions want to spend as little money as possible on heating costs, especially considering the present cost of fuel and energy. That is why it is critical to do all necessary to guarantee that you are getting the most out of your boiler and not needing to replace it more than twice a decade. Learn how to extend your boiler's lifetime in this blog post!

How do you know if it's time to replace your boiler? 

As most boilers survive up to twelve years, if you've been using the same boiler for this long, it's probable that you need to replace it. Furthermore, if you have begun to hear sounds like kettling or whistling coming from your boiler, or if you are having to pay for costly boiler repairs on a semi-regular basis, you will need to have a new boiler installed.

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How long should your boiler be expected to last?

The average lifespan of a boiler is between 10 and 12 years. However, if you maintain your boiler properly, you may be able to prolong its lifespan by a few more years. Some of these boiler maintenance tips are provided below...

1. Powerflush and bleed of your radiators

Power flushing and bleeding your radiators may clean the system and reduce stress on your boiler by causing it to work less hard. This is particularly important in an open system with a conventional boiler.

2. Get a magnetic filter fitted

If you've never had a magnetic filter installed, they capture sludge and pollutants from your central heating system and will make your central heating system and pipework run much more efficiently.

3. Add inhibitor liquid

This can assist to reduce scale in the system, which is beneficial in areas with high limescale. It's a bit of a postcode lottery, but limescale may be a serious concern for certain people.

4. Book boiler a boiler service at least once a year

One of the most essential things you can do to make your boiler last longer is to schedule an annual boiler service check where our Gas Safe registered engineer will do all the necessary maintenance checks to ensure that your boiler is operating at its most efficient level.

5. Keep the boiler turned on for a few minutes a day in the summer

 This may seem paradoxical, but if your central heating system is not utilised on a regular basis during the hotter months, it may break down/ To keep your boiler in good operating order, you should operate it on a regular basis even when the weather is warm!

6. Lag outdoor pipework in the winter

Outside pipes, such as the condensate pipe, may freeze during the winter months. That is why it's important to invest in pipe lagging for outdoor pipes as they are in common use and plumbers and heating engineers are in high demand throughout the winter, so might be too busy to repair your frozen pipes. You will completely avoid the problem with this easy preventative measure.