Fix or Replace: What’s Best for Your Boiler Repair?

If you have lived on a property long enough, the chances are you will eventually be faced with this very question. Should you get your boiler repaired when it breaks down, or should you replace it with a brand-new one?


In reality, there is no correct answer to this. At least, no correct answer that applies to all kinds of different situations. The correct answer will depend on the exact nature of the problem, how old your boiler is, what type it is, and how much it will cost to repair. Moreover, you also have to think about the cost of replacing it and weigh that up against the cost of any repair that might be done.


As you can see, there is a lot to think about here. You may also have to decide in a hurry since there is a good chance you’ve been left in a situation where you have no heating or hot water to use. You may be able to take your time making some decisions in life, but indeed, this isn’t one of them.


What’s wrong with it?


This is the starting point in all situations. What’s wrong with your boiler? Some issues can be cheap to repair, whereas others cost hundreds of pounds. If you have a boiler cover that provides free repairs whenever required, you must also bear that in mind. Okay, so you’re paying a monthly fee for ‘free repairs’ when needed, but you won’t have to shell out hundreds of pounds to get the required new part(s).


The age of your boiler can also be an indication of potential problems. Maybe you’ve had many years of easy, trouble-free use until now. Yet lately, you’ve had to get two or three things repaired or replaced. Now, you are faced with yet another expensive repair, which makes you wonder whether it is worth it. When the costs start adding up, you will be forgiven for ditching the old and bringing in the new.


Can you afford a brand-new boiler?


Let’s face it: new boilers don’t come cheaply. They range from several hundred pounds to the thousands, and in the case of the latter, they can take a chunk out of your savings. You have to select the right boiler for your property, which might mean a more expensive one than you had hoped for.


As you can see, there are all kinds of considerations to consider in these situations. When a particular part is replaced on an older boiler (or even a younger one), there is no guarantee that something else won’t go wrong with it in time. It’s the same with any mechanical item, right down to the car you drive. However, with that said, you can never assume a brand-new boiler will work seamlessly for many years before its first breakdown. You simply never know.


So you have to bear all these things in mind before you consider whether to repair or replace the boiler you currently have. If you plan on moving reasonably soon, the repair option will always be better if you can go down that route. However, there are times when boilers pack up and never work again – and in these cases, your decision is made for you.


If you want some help deciding whether or not to fix or replace your boiler, call our team today. We’ll provide expert advice when you need it most.

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