Heating: ‘Essential’ ways to extend the life of your boiler – ‘keeps it in top shape’

Boilers are an essential appliance for any property, but they won’t last forever and for homeowners and landlords, they can become costly. A sub-standard boiler could break more often, meaning more ongoing maintenance costs. Plus, once a boiler reaches its end of life, replacing it can be expensive. Heating expert Karl Tulloch from Rightio has shared the average lifespan of a boiler and how you can extend the life of them.

He explained that different boiler types and brands will have different service lives.

Karl said: “Because boilers are a long-term, expensive investment, it’s essential to get as much life out of them as possible.

“Gas boilers are expected to last between 10 to 15 years on average, as long as you service and maintain it well.

“Some premium boilers that have been exceptionally well-maintained, however, can last for over 20 years.

“Electric boilers, meanwhile, can last for around 25 years on average if you choose a quality model and look after it.”

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It is also advised to insulate the pipes as burst pipes can be a common issue households face.

While burst parts of pipes can be replaced with the help of a plumber, it may also affect the boiler.

Karl explained: “By insulating your pipes, you’ll protect them and your boiler from the cold snap.

“If you do this now, you can ensure you’re less likely to experience a costly and damaging boiler breakdown.”

It is also important to keep the inside and outside of boilers free of debris and clutter as this can have an impact on a boiler’s lifespan.

The energy expert said: “In many homes, boilers are located in garages, attics, or cupboards. Often, these are places where we store other items – it’s recommended that you keep the area around your boiler completely clear, but if that isn’t possible, leave a space of at least three feet around it.

“Keeping the inside of your boiler clear and clean is also important to make it last a long time.

“Sludge can easily build up and affect its performance.

“A lot of this build-up is rust from the pipes and radiators, so installing a magnetic filter can help eliminate this metallic waste.”

Karl suggested that an inhibitor can help Britons deal with the rest of the waste product, which is made up of limescale – this build-up can result in cold spots in your radiators, which can limit the life of a boiler.

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