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How long does a boiler last?

One of the more costly purchases you'll make in your house is purchasing and installing a new boiler. When doing this, you will naturally want to know how much value you are receiving for your money from their boiler, which also makes you question how long it will last.

lifespan of a boiler

What is the average lifespan of a boiler?

The majority of boiler manufacturers and installers use a similar timeframe for when you should get a new boiler installed, which is typically every 15 years.  

If 15 years appears like a short period of time, it's probably because you grew up with a dependable old boiler that continued to provide hot water for the entire family, despite the number of times it has been repaired.  What you're not considering is how effective it is. Boilers, especially modern ones, can theoretically last for more than 15 years however that's roughly about how long it takes for it to become so inefficient that buying a new one is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

When you take a look inside a boiler, it consists of various parts and components such as pumps, valves and expansion vessels.  All of these components, regardless of their quality, wear out at different times over the years. In addition to this, boilers alternate between hot and cold, which means it's continuously expanding and contracting, causing pipes and joints to become fatigued and stressed.

Things that affect the lifespan of your boiler 

- Not getting it serviced annually

- A build-up of limescale

- Corrosion

Speak to a heating engineer

At Pipeline Plumbing Services Ltd, we recommend getting a new boiler every 10 - 15 years and to get it serviced and power flushed to ensure you are doing the best you can to get the most out of your existing boiler. 

If you are looking for Gas Safe registered engineers to help with a new boiler installation throughout Pulborough, Storrington, Billingshurst and the surrounding areas simply call us on 01903 740538 or 07871 725133.