How Long Does a Boiler Last?

According to statistics, Combi boilers are by far the most installed boilers in the Nottingham and the U.K. This is because they are a combination of efficient water heaters and central heating boilers. In addition to saving space, these boilers help to deliver hot water to taps and showers in the house from the mains without pumping. When you take a glance at a Combi boiler, it’s easy to understand why many people are so taken by it. But now the question is, how long does a boiler last?

Well, the answer to this question is dependent on a couple of factors, which includes the quality of your appliance and, generally, how well you look after the boiler. Below is a quick guide to answer this and other questions.

The average lifespan of the Combi boiler

Though they are all efficient in their operation and saving on energy bills and space, they differ in terms of longevity and quality. You should be aware of this when you are searching the market for a new Combi boiler. You shouldn’t go for the cheapest model on the market just so that you can save money in the short term as you might end up spending a fortune in the long run.

Generally, you can expect a boiler to last for about 15 years or even longer if you get a high-quality boiler and perform regular servicing. Because of this, you should always be keen on the warranties manufacturers offer for their boilers. They can give you insight into how long the boiler can last.

Should Combi boilers be serviced?

Servicing your boiler will indeed cost you a pretty penny. However, it’s a worthwhile undertaking since it will save you money in the long run in terms of repairs and energy efficiency. Getting the system checked by a Gas Safe engineer once yearly will help in ensuring the boiler remains in tip-top condition. During a servicing session, the engineer will inspect the heat exchanger, seas and electrical connections. They’ll also check the boiler pressure and boiler parts for leaks and signs of rusting. Any damaged parts will be replaced before it causes other parts to fail, as well.

Fixing a Combi boiler

If the boiler fails suddenly or develops some noise, it doesn’t mean you should install a new one. Many boiler problems can be fixed. And shocking enough, most solutions are easy. Some of the quick fixes include;

  • Resetting the timer
  • Checking boiler pressure and bleeding radiators of filling it up
  • Resetting the boiler
  • Defrosting the condensate pipe
  • Increasing temperature settings

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But if the Combi boiler is always breaking down, you should consider investing in a new one. The price of a new Combi boiler depends on the size and brand. As you get a new boiler, you should also factor in the price of installation by a Gas Safe engineer. A Combi boiler for a small house costs anything from £600 – £1,500. For a semi-detached house, expect to spend anything from £700 – £2,000.

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