Signs You Need Boiler Replacement
The household boiler is a crucial appliance, especially during spells of colder weather. Responsible for sending hot water to radiators and water sources, It functions both as an appliance to heat your home and as a utility to provide hot water for baths, showers and sinks. Combining the functions of a water heater and a furnace into a single unit, boilers are efficient and practical, used frequently within family homes to provide valuable warmth. A faulty boiler understandably causes stress by preventing daily activities and comforts that we may take for granted, therefore spotting the signs before a boiler becomes unusable can save you time, money and unnecessary stress. UK Energy Management (NE) Ltd are experts in energy efficiency, helping countless households manage appliances and secure funding to make their house an easier place to live.
Continue reading to discover some of the tell-tale signs that you may require a ECO3 boiler replacement, and how we can help you if that is the case.
The Importance Of Managing Energy
It is important that we all manage the energy produced by our households in an effective manner, as not only will this reduce the costs of rising energy prices, but it will also mean that you are contributing to a more sustainable way of living. A household which consumes a lot of energy will be indirectly causing environmental problems which are directly related to energy production and consumption, such as air pollution, water pollution, and thermal pollution. The emission of air pollutants from fossil fuel combustion is the main cause of urban air pollution, and cutting down our reliance on non-sustainable energy sources contributes to saving the planet. There are plenty of practical ways in which we can manage energy output, including processes as simple as turning off lights when leaving a room, reducing water usage and washing at a colder temperature.
Low Boiler Pressure
A tell-tale sign of a faulty boiler may be that your unit’s pressure has dropped, noticeable by a significantly lower reading than usual on the water pressure gauge at the front of your boiler. If the boiler pressure reads less than 1 bar, it is possible that water has been lost from the system. One of the most prominent sources of water pressure lowering significantly is leakage within the boiler system. Taking a look throughout the home for signs of damp patches is advisable, with pipes, radiators and around the boiler unit all places to look. Only a Gas Safe engineer should open the boiler itself, so don’t attempt to do this yourself in search of a drop in boiler pressure. If your radiators have been bled recently, you may have also lost water pressure, with the air released lowering the pressure in a boiler system.
Odd Noises From Your Boiler
Unexpected noises from a boiler could mean numerous things for the health of the system. The cause of these problems could be as varied as a sludge build-up in the water pipes, broken valves or heat pump issues. Combustion fans, warm air furnace blowers and heating oil pumps are all vital parts of the boiler which could be responsible for such odd noises. Banging, whistling, popping and gurgling noises are all common from older boilers, and may be a sign that a ECO3 boiler replacement is in order. An engineer will be able to diagnose your boiler, and should be contacted if you have any serious concerns.
You may have noticed that the flame within your boiler is suddenly burning yellow instead of the usual blue shade that we expect, and this is understandably a cause for concern. If a flame is burning with a yellow flame, this could be a sign that your boiler is not working in the most efficient manner, and even worse it may mean that carbon monoxide is being produced. Carbon monoxide is odourless and colourless, making it undetectable and extremely lethal. It can cause carbon monoxide poisoning if given the chance to fill a home, with nausea, dizziness and fatigue all signs that you have been affected by carbon monoxide poisoning. This should be addressed immediately by a trusted professional.
An Unfamiliar Smell
A foul smelling odour coming from a boiler may be caused by bacteria growth in the magnesium and aluminium parts of the system. Parts will need to be replaced occasionally if this is the case. Alternatively a burnt metal or plastic smell could be produced by overheating, with a scent of dirt stemming from the furnace indicating a potential mold infestation inside the ductwork. A mold infestation can degrade the quality of indoor air, causing people to suffer from flu-like symptoms. In summary, any odd smell from the boiler should be checked as soon as possible, as it may be an indicator of faulty parts, ductwork issues or even worse.
Higher Heating Bills
In order to make sure a boiler is working at the height of efficiency, it must be serviced every year by a registered engineer. If you have noticed that heating bills are creeping up for no discernible reason, you may have a faulty boiler to blame. Replacing a boiler free of charge with UK Energy Management (NE) Ltd could save you money on monthly bills, proving to be cost-effective without any financial burden for you. Various issues with a boiler may be leading to higher heating bills, with a faulty motorised valve just one of the possible causes of this.
Boiler Over A Decade Old
A boiler which is over a decade old is much likelier to encounter issues than a replacement gas boiler unit, with recommendations to replace an outdated boiler even if you are not encountering any significant problems. Older boilers are notably less efficient than updated models, with newer technology allowing the homeowner to track energy consumption, save on energy in simple ways and manage energy output in an innovative manner. The potential savings to be made from a newly installed boiler may be reason enough to seek a replacement gas boiler.
Our Energy Management Services
Energy management services from us are not simply limited to helping you secure a grant for new boiler units and upgrades. We provide a variety of tailored energy solutions for every instance, a selection of which can be found below:
As specialists in cavity wall insulation, we work to reduce the cost of energy for households nationally. Our funded insulation system provides customers with reduced energy bills and a reduction of heat loss for a warmer and more comfortable house. Best of all, you may be eligible for fully funded cavity wall insulation. Complete the form on our website for further information.
Storage heaters are different to traditional heaters, smaller in size than the heater they are replacing and highly accurate in terms of temperature. This means that a storage heater will not overheat a room as can be the case with traditional heaters, using off-peak electricity which means they provide a low carbon heating solution.
Households may have cavity wall insulation installed as a way of making their home warmer, though there is a real risk of the insulation going damp and damaging the structural integrity of a home. Our team of experienced insulation installers will be able to assess the condition of your home and find the best solution available, completely free of charge.
UK Energy Management (NE) Ltd: Grants For Boilers And New Boiler Upgrades
At UK Energy Management (NE) Ltd, we are experienced in securing boiler grants for homeowners. Working with various energy suppliers under the ECO3 Scheme, we are able to provide gas boiler replacements for low-income or vulnerable families throughout The United Kingdom. We believe that everyone should be entitled to a warm home with efficient heating, and this is why our replacement gas boiler service helps eligible households to get the upgrades they deserve without breaking the bank. If a household does not meet the criteria, don’t worry - we can still contact your local authority, who may be able to offer our services through flexible eligibility.
Our expert team can guide you through the entire application process, from gauging your eligibility to organising visits from a professional installer who can fit your ECO3 boiler replacement. Customer satisfaction and care is at the very core of our work, and this is why we ensure you are provided with market-leading boilers that perform to a high standard. Contact UK Energy Management (NE) Ltd today and let us check your eligibility in a few simple steps. All we need is a handful of details about you and your home for our expert property assessment team to secure your funding.