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It is no secret that UK households are presently experiencing an energy price rise. Nearly 22 million consumers will pay about 50% more for gas, oil and electricity, so there has never been a better time to be concerned about your household’s energy needs. If you are currently experiencing a boiler breakdown, you might be wondering whether to repair or replace it. It isn’t easy to decide between these two options, but you can make the right choice if you understand when each is appropriate. Here’s when to repair and replace your boiler.


Here are some factors that suggest a replacement is a good choice:

  • Age: Your boiler may not be as energy-efficient as newer models if it is 8-10 years old. It might be best to consider a new boiler install option to save on maintenance and fuel, given the ongoing energy price rise.
  • Size: If your current boiler is too large, consider replacing it with a modern and compact alternative that can easily fit in smaller spaces.
  • Cost: Any boiler that costs you more than half its worth in repairs is worth replacing.
  • Rating: A-rated boilers are highly efficient, so it is best to replace your current one if it is rated lower.


Here are some factors that may suggest your boiler simply needs repairs:

  • Age: You can take advantage of warranties if you own a young boiler that occasionally breaks down, so you needn’t replace it.
  • Condition: Your boiler might be 8-10 years old, but you needn’t necessarily replace it is fully functional.
  • Heating engineer’s recommendation: Your heating engineer will advise you on which option is a waste of money. If your engineer recommends repairs, you needn’t waste money installing a new model.