Key signs that your boiler is costing you money

It’s that time of year, when the festivities of Christmas and New Year are starting to fade, and we’re all hit with the sad reality that our wallets are just not as full as we would like them. With that in mind, doesn’t it make sense to ensure that you’re saving the cents where you can? If you’ve read our blogs, you’ll know the best ways to save money on your home heating oil in Ireland, but there could be a less obvious reason that your energy efficiency is not what it should be, and that’s an inefficient boiler.

There are some tell-tale signs if your boiler is misbehaving, and spotting them earlier gives you the best possible opportunity to fix them, before these little niggles turn into full blown costly repairs. These are the key signs that your boiler is costing you money that you could be spending elsewhere this January:

One of the key things to look out for is the time it takes your home to heat up. Is it over 45 minutes before the heat reaches the top floor once your boiler kicks in? If this is the case, you should have it serviced by an engineer as it’s very likely costing you money. Who wants to leave the cosy living room to go upstairs to bed only to find that it’s freezing?!

Is there water coming out of the discharge pipe? This could be due to a malfunction with a pipe or a valve, and can lead to rust and sludge, which once established, can be tricky to deal with and may end up costing a lot to replace. When this happens, it also costs more to run, so unless you get this fixed your boiler will just cause you to waste a lot of money on home heating oil for little benefit to you.

They say age is just a number, but when it comes to your boiler it can mean the difference between an efficiently heated home or a costly nightmare when it comes to fuel consumption. It is recommended that you replace your boiler every 20 years, and you’ll be very lucky to get this long out of it without at least some replacement parts along the way, however servicing it annually will help to extend its life.

The colour and shape of your burner flame will also tell you how healthy your boiler is, and a limp orange or red flame is one of the key signs your boiler is costing you money. The flame should be short and blue, which means that the fuel is being burned efficiently. If it isn’t, then you are wasting money on fuel which is not heating your home.

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