Time to Replace or Repair the old Gas Boiler

Tara Plumbing have replaced boilers in Whitstable and Ramsgate which are barely 5, 6 or 7 years old. How old does a boiler live to? When will the boiler need replacing? About 10 to 15 years in general, and how long is that piece of string?

The cost of a relacement boiler could set you back £2,000 or more so how long will the new boiler last and how much life is there left in the old boiler, can it serve you well for another year or two?

I have read in various places that a gas boiler will last around 12 to 15 years but it is not unusual to replace a few before they are even 10 years old.

A regular, thorough service, in line with the manufacturers’ guidelines should help to prolong the working lifespan of the boiler and make sure it is working safely and most efficiently.

A registered engineer (GAS Safe) is required to undertake serving, repairs and replace parts. Tampering with your boiler is not for DIY enthusiasts, some jobs may seem easy but you could invalidate any warranty, risk the safety of your neighbourhood and end up being prosecuted.

Based on our experience we only install boilers from the major, reputable manufacturers, such as Worcester Bosch, Baxi, Ideal Standard, Vaillant. We do not fit any generic, cheap boilers from DIY stores.

Furthermore, when replacing parts we would only fit the parts supplied from those same manufacturers. Recommended and branded. Cheap generic parts are available, the look the same, they are a lot cheaper, but they are not the same. For example, a cheap fan in your boiler whizzing around at the wrong speed could simply lead to more expensive repair bills.

If you want advice on whether your boiler needs replacing or still has some useful life in it then ask a reputable plumber – heating engineer. Tara’s Heating Engineers can offer advice on old or new boilers in Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Whitstable, Sittingbourne….

Installing Gas Boilers & Central Heating in Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate, Whitstable & Kent
Installing Gas Boilers & Central Heating in Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate, Whitstable & Kent

8 Responses to “Time to Replace or Repair the old Gas Boiler”


  1. 1 new boiler June 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Quite often people don’t tend to replace a boiler unless they stop working for some reason. But if it properly cared for and serviced regularly they can go on for years and years. You can’t skimp on boiler either you have to buy a reputable make otherwise it could mean more trouble than it is worth.

  2. 2 Gus February 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    comparative costs:
    new gas boiler approx £500 upwards;
    average cost of boiler repair is just under £200;
    boiler breakdown repair plan from £60 pa (heat-care) upwards.

  3. 3 mrstaraplumbing February 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Gus
    For most people the cost of a new gas boiler must include Labour and the VAT, it will almost always cost close to £1,500 as minimum and often more.

    Boiler breakdown plans are good for some people, I think they are ideal for landlords to cover rented properties so the landlord has piece of mind and not have to get involved in boiler breakdowns.

    BUT new boilers are covered by warrantees usually for 2 to 5 years which means a breakdown plan would be not required.

    Like all insurance, most people will end up paying more for their boiler breakdown plan than if they simply saved money each month and paid for repairs if and when they are needed. I know I’ve written on this before with figuees supplied.

  4. 4 Emergency Plumber Brighton February 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Do I get another opinion? How much will it cost to replace the boiler as opposed to fixing it? How much energy will be saved?

    If the boiler is more than 20 years old then it is a no-brainer, replace it, the increased efficiency combined with the age of the existing boiler make it a simple decision.

    Oil boilers especially are very much on a down hill slope by 20 years, gas boilers are often in better shape even though the efficiency is way down from what today’s are.

    So bottom line, replace if older than 20 years. For boilers in the 10-15 year range it is often a very difficult call.

    Work with your heating service expert to figure the best option and I would definitely get a second or even a third opinion.

  5. 5 Combi Boiler Installation March 18, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Another point that needs consideration: If the boiler is situaed in a kitchen that’s about to be refurbished then it may be better to fit an up to date boiler model than leave an aging boiler that’s likely to need replacing in the near future

  6. 6 john Hanaway June 13, 2012 at 7:03 am

    how long are parts available for i have a baxi back boiler 12 years old british gas tells me some of the parts are no longer available

    • 7 mrstaraplumbing August 2, 2012 at 5:19 am

      I believe parts are available for 12 years after manufacture. So if your boiler was installed 12 years ago it could be that some of the parts are no longer available === just about.

  7. 8 Trade Certificates January 11, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    We alaways recommend you a replace a old oil boiler, If you want free advice contact Trade Certificates


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