• Nicholas Hall

Should I repair my boiler or replace a new one?


We hope this isn’t a question you are asking yourself this Winter, especially as we expect ever decreasing temperatures, but if you are here’s some things to consider when deciding the best course of action.


There is never a good time for your boiler to break down, least of all when it’s cold and winter is upon us. It can be a very worrying time, with many people struggling to stay warm or having to bathe in cold water. The big question is, should you repair or replace your boiler. There are multiple factors to consider when trying to decide the best solution for your current situation. I will outline some key points to help you make your choice but in the end the decision is yours.


With any gas appliance the first thing that should come to mind is safety. If a part is replaced in the boiler, will it still be safe to use? An example of this could be a leaking part in the boiler. If the leak causes corrosion to other components in the boiler or the boiler casing itself and weakens them, even changing the part at fault may leave the boiler unsafe. A gas safe engineer would be able to inform you of the condition of the boiler and whether it is safe to use.


If you have a relatively new boiler then it may be still under guarantee/warranty. This is an easy and cost-effective way of getting your boiler repaired as the manufacture will cover the parts and labour when the repair is booked with them. It is important to make sure you uphold the conditions of your warranty, i.e. annual servicing.


Unfortunately, should your boiler break down at any point, one of the key factors in deciding to repair or replace will be the cost of each option. In the short term a repair is likely to cost less but you would need to factor in whether it is an issue that will occur again, how often can you expect to be making the outlay to rectify fault? In cases where faults are reoccurring it may make more sense, financially at least to replace the boiler in its entirety. Especially by the time you factor in the cost of labour as well as the materials required to keep carrying out repairs.


Getting a new boiler instead of having the current one repaired also means that you will have a warranty, many boiler manufacturers now offer extended warranties, allowing you to register for these and giving you peace of mind that you will be covered for repairs in the future. It’s a much larger outlay initially, however it could well balance out over time, and can you really put a price on the comfort of knowing that if something goes wrong you are covered to have it repaired?


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