The winter season is back and the hustle to keep your home warm and comfortable begins. From cleaning the wardrobe to revamping your home, everything needs to be done before extreme cold hits most parts of the UK.
There are some important things that need to be addressed beforehand. One of them is to check your heating system and take possible measures if any damages or leaks are visible. But there are plenty of other things to look for when getting prepared for cold weather.
Make sure you have set an appointment with a professional to check your heating system. Normally it is free of charge, but do ask before you confirm your appointment.
If you have an old heating system, you can replace it without bearing any cost. However, to be eligible there is a minimum criteria to fulfill.
Firstly, you need to be a resident of the UK and have a house in your name. Moreover, you must be receiving benefits from the government to qualify for central heating grants. Applying for a central heating grant will help you replace your old heating system with a new one that is energy-efficient and emits less carbon. It is also helpful in increasing your home value.
Let’s find out everything you need to know about replacing your boiler.
What is a Boiler?
The boiler is the core of the central heating system as it is the main source of heat. Normally, the home in the UK is equipped with condensing boilers that use gas to carry on its operation. If you are using an old boiler, it is probably a non-condensing boiler. The major drawback of a non-condensing boiler is that it is less energy efficient, produces carbon, and slaps you with hefty energy bills.
In the wake of global warming and carbon emissions, the government of the UK is offering free grants to low-income households to help them improve EPC ratings. This also helps homeowners to increase the value of their property.
If you wish to increase the value of your property make sure to take notice of these signs in your boiler.
How Does New Boiler Help Increase Home Value?
One of the reasons to replace your boiler with a new one is to help reduce bills. In the winter season, you are hardly going to turn it off especially when snow storms and cold spine freezing winds will blow.
As part of the ECO4 Scheme UK, the government is funding a large amount to facilitate households with low income. The aim is to develop an eco-friendly environment and help vulnerable households to live peacefully and enjoy warmth.
If you wish to sell your home in the future, you may not know that EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) is necessary. In case, your EPC has expired, you need to renew it before you list down for selling.
When the potential buyer looks at the Energy Performance Certificate with a high rating, it may increase the price of your house by as much as £8,000 or more. Moreover, as long as you are at home, you need to ensure that your energy efficiency is optimal and can help you stay warm in the winter season.
Signs to consider in an Old Boiler
If you are living in an old home, the probability is high that the boiler too old, unless someone in your family replaced it. But there are signs to consider in a boiler that will help you to determine
Although depreciating, boilers are useful for around 15-20 years. Check if the boiler reaches or exceeds this age range, it may be pocket friendly to easily replace or continue with frequent repairs.
Scaling Electricity Bills
A sudden increase in your heating bills without a corresponding change in usage could signal reduced efficiency. Older boilers tend to become less energy-efficient over time, leading to higher operating costs.
If you find yourself frequently calling for boiler repairs, it may be a sign that the boiler is becoming unreliable and inefficient. The cost of multiple repairs can quickly add up, making a replacement a more economical choice.
Inconsistent heating throughout your home or the development of cold spots may indicate that your boiler is struggling to distribute heat evenly. This could be due to a variety of issues, including a failing boiler.
Strange sounds like banging, clanking, or whistling generated from the boiler may suggest internal issues, such as sediment buildup or damaged components. A professional inspection can help determine the cause.
Water leaks around the boiler or in the surrounding areas are clear signs of a problem. Damage can also be caused due to leaks in surrounding structures and may indicate the need for a replacement.
Yellow Flame Instead of Blue
A gas boiler’s flame should be blue. If it’s yellow, it could signal carbon monoxide issue, which is dangerous. In such cases, it’s crucial to shut off the boiler and consult a professional immediately.
Issues With Pilot Light
Frequently going off of yellow or orange color light could be a sign of inadequate combustion, indicating a problem with the boiler’s burners.
Carbon Monoxide Detector Activations
If your carbon monoxide detector goes off, it’s a serious concern. While it might not necessarily mean your boiler needs immediate replacement, it does require prompt attention and assessment by a professional.
Changes in Boiler Performance
If you notice a decline in the overall performance of your boiler, such as a decrease in heating output or longer heating times, it may be an indication that the system is no longer functioning optimally.
If you are really worried about selling your property at a higher price, make sure to check your boiler and replace it if needed. We have already mentioned warning signs that help you to determine whether the boiler is working properly or not.
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