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Should I replace my old boiler?

Dig out your woolies, and put on those boots. It looks like it’s going to be a cold one in the UK this year. Have you taken care of your heating and boiler?

With the colder weather fast approaching, keeping your home toasty warm is a hot priority. Because heating your home makes up for 60 percent of energy bills, it’s important to ensure your boiler is working as effectively as possible, and that you know the right time to replace it.

There are considerable savings to be had when replacing your boiler, but think on and don’t take everything at face value. The potential saving of replacing your old, G-rated boiler with an A-rated alternative is £340 per year! While this is a staggering amount of money to pocket, it’s essential to establish the facts.

This statistic is based on a household having the oldest, least-efficient boiler possible for a three bedroom semi-detached house. In reality, if your boiler was purchased more recently, and includes a full set of heating controls, you’re more likely to save around half of that. Monitor your boiler and check for any signs of fault before arranging for a new boiler to be fitted.

So when should you replace your boiler?

As a general rule, boilers have a lifespan of 15 years. If yours is reaching that age, then it might be time to consider an upgrade. Annual services will ensure the best lifespan but, in truth, the older your boiler gets the harder it has to work to heat your home. It’s like all appliances really, they have their expiration date. The longer you leave your boiler, the less efficient it will become and the higher the chance of it malfunctioning.

Think ahead…

There’s how many months before winter?! Before you race ahead and purchase a boiler replacement, first consider your options. When it comes to boilers a one size fits all approach most certainly does not apply.

The most popular boiler type in the UK is the combination boiler (combi) that provide heat and hot water with no need for water tanks or cylinders. This type is available in either a gas or electric combi boiler.


  • Instant and unlimited heat and hot water when you need it
  • There’s no need to make space for a water tank in your home
  • Great for smaller homes with low hot water demands


  • The water pressure may be compromised if you need water for more than one tap at a time

A conventional boiler sends hot water to your radiators and water cylinder, where it is stored for when you need it most. It can be less efficient than a combi but for large families with an even larger home to heat, this could be the best option for you.


  • Can provide water from various taps at once
  • They are suitable for larger home and are very easy to replace like-for-like


  • The hot water can run out and you’ll need to wait for it to re-heat
  • You will need to find room for both a cylinder and water tank

Like combination boilers, the system boiler doesn’t require a water tank. However, like the conventional boiler, you will still need to find space for a cylinder. This boiler type is most suitable for larger homes with more than one bathroom.


  • There is no water tank in your home
  • You can get water from multiple taps at one time
  • Ideal for larger family homes where there is a high demand for water


  • You don’t get water instantly like the combi boiler
  • You will need to find storage for a cylinder in your home

Choosing the right boiler is tricky, but whether you go for a gas powered combi boiler, system or conventional types, the decision will more than often boil down (get it?) to what is most suitable for your property. The key questions are:

  1. How much space do you have available?
  2. Are you on mains gas?
  3. Do you have a large property or a family home to heat?

Getting the job done

We now move on to the final and most valuable step of all: finding the right person to fit your boiler for you. Getting the job done correctly without fault is not as simple as it sounds, and you will need to call on a professional. Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) will offer you competitively priced boilers from leading manufacturers.

What’s more, if you are a Lancashire resident, you could be eligible for more energy saving measures to help keep your homes warm and your bills down. This could include a full boiler replacement and installation from our team of expert fitters. It’s easy. All you have to do is get in touch on 03306 061 488 or register your details with us for extra support and guidance.

Happy heating!

Did you know that you do not have to be on benefits to get help with improving the energy efficiency of your home? We have schemes for everyone.

Over 650,000 homes within the area potentially qualify for help to reduce their Energy Bills. Cosy Homes in Lancashire has been set up by all 15 Local Authorities to provide you with a simple way to find out if you are one of them.

Find out which services you are eligible for by answering one simple question:

Do you live in Lancashire with a household income of less than £30,000 or do you receive an income or disability related benefit of some kind (including Tax Credits, Carers Allowance, Attendance Allowance etc)?

YES -or- NO
Most of the schemes available are available to homeowners with a household income less than £30,000 and where savings are less than £16,000.
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