How Old Should My Boiler Be Before I Replace It?

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With winter on the way, it is more important than ever to think about the efficiency of your boiler.

H ere at Rural Funding Services we hear a lot of customers tell us that their 20 year old boiler is serviced every year and it is running as smoothly as ever - sound familiar? Heating your home with a boiler and radiators means that over half of the home's total energy expenditure goes on the fuel for the central heating system, and with fuel prices at an all time high it is more important than ever to make sure you aren't spending more than you need to.

Boilers work a little bit like cars in the sense that every year they become a little bit more dated and inefficient, and it will cost a little bit more in fuel to get the same amount of heat for your home even if they are serviced regularly - it may not be noticeable at first but over 5-10 years the difference can be substantial. In a typical semi-detached house this could mean savings of around £120 a year, and can be anything up to £350 a year for a detached solid stone property; think of all the extra presents Santa could bring with those kinds of savings!

With the funding available from OFGEM for the government HHCRO scheme, they have outlined that an oil or LPG boiler over 5 years old is inefficient enough to get a fully funded replacement, provided the residents of the property also qualify for the scheme. If you think you/your tenants' boiler would fit this category and are interested in a fully funded replacement, head over to the Contact Us page, leave a comment below, or call our office number on 01642 909660