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Does an old boiler use more gas?

Does an old boiler use more gas?

With around 60% of your energy bills being used to heat your home, boiler efficiency is paramount.  An older boiler will typically use more gas to heat your home than a newly installed boiler.  This is because often older boilers may only reach efficiencies of 50%. New boilers reach efficiencies of over 93% meaning they require 43% less energy to produce the same amount of heat. The harder your boiler has to work to provide your desired level of heating the more gas is used.

Save money and reduce your carbon footprint

The Energy Saving Trust has highlighted that by replacing an older inefficient boiler with a new A-Rated boiler, you could save you up to £340 a year as well as 1,500kg of carbon monoxide a year.

A new boiler will save you money and reduce your carbon footprint. You can also rest assured that you have a reliable heating method for the upcoming winter months.

The importance of an annual boiler service

Make your annual boiler service part of your getting ready for winter routine. Do not leave the service until you feel the boiler ‘could do with a service’. Without regular servicing your boiler could well be working much harder to produce the same amount of heat. Of course this will use up more fuel and lead to higher energy bills.

Some people choose to have their boiler serviced when they notice it is becoming unreliable. This suggests the boiler needs diagnostic checks carried out rather than a service. Indeed an engineer will not be able to service your boiler if it is not working.

Regular servicing will prolong the life of your boiler through the checks and cleaning carried out during a service.  If you have your boiler regularly serviced but you feel that there is something not quite right, a gas engineer will be able to carry out a series of diagnostic checks for you to see if there is a fault. The boiler could be using more gas than usual due a fault such as a gas leak which will need fixing as a priority.

In some instances the engineer may deem the boiler to be beyond economical repair. In this case replacing the appliance with a new energy efficient model is often the most cost-effective solution.

Payment options to suit you

Total Energy Services offer a range of payment options.  Whether you prefer to pay outright in cash or spread the cost over a fixed period, there is an option to suit you. We offer competitive boiler finance packages for all Worcester Bosch boilers in partnership with Hitachi Finance.

 

How long should my boiler last?

It is hard to put an exact figure on a boiler’s life expectancy, but on average you would expect a boiler to last 10-15 years. This figure is based on a boiler that has been correctly maintained over the years.  This includes a yearly service by a Gas Safe (gas / LPG) or OFTEC (oil) engineer.

For more information, to arrange a new boiler survey or to speak to a member of our team please call 01258 472132 or fill in the enquiry form.


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