How to know if your boiler needs replacing

Has the winter taken its toll on your boiler? Are you concerned about that strange noise or weird smell. It may be time to call the professionals. The team at Electric Ireland Superhomes tell us what to look out for and what to do.

Your boiler is a fundamental part of your home; however you’ve started to notice that it isn’t as efficient as it used to be and frequent boiler breakdowns have become a problem. We know boilers have a lifespan of 10–15 years, but how do you know if you need to replace yours? With the help from Electric Ireland Superhomes, we have listed the five signs and what you should do when it is time to replace your boiler with a new heating system.

⦁ Leaks or dripping pipes 
Your boiler should never leak. If there is a leak and your boiler is reaching its lifespan, you should consider replacing it with a new energy-efficient heating system.

⦁ Odd Smells 
If you smell a sulphurous, eggy odour something is wrong with your boiler and there’s probably a gas leak. What you first need to do is turn off your boiler and call the emergency gas line on 1800 20 5050.

⦁ Poor performance
You notice that your boiler isn’t behaving as it used to. If it takes a long time to heat up, or you’re continually adjusting the pressure, it’s time to get it checked and consider replacing it with a more sustainable and greener option.

 Frequent breakdowns
A freezing house is not something anyone wants to experience. If you have experienced this after a boiler breakdown, which probably also caused a lot of stress and added cost to your energy bills, you might need to consider a new heating system.

⦁ Banging or gurgling noises 
Boilers are noisy and most of the time the sounds and noises are nothing to worry about. However, if you notice your boiler making a kettling, banging, gurgling or clunking sound, this can be a sign of a more serious problem.

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