A well-maintained radiator can last for as long as 15 years, but the older it gets, the harder it needs to work to heat your home. A boiler that needs to be replaced is unlikely to be as cost effective and energy efficient as it should be, and it can be a danger to you and your family.
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Here are 8 signs you need a new radiator.
- The radiator is older than 15 years.
The average radiator’s lifespan is 15 years. While routine maintenance does prolong its life, there will come a time when you need a new model.
- The energy efficiency rating is below ‘A’.
Today’s radiators have an efficiency rating on a scale of A- G with A being the most energy efficient and therefore cost-effective. If your radiator is anything below, it may be time for a new one and time to start saving money. You can visit http://www.radiatorcurving.com to find out more.
- The radiator takes a while to heat up.
This is an obvious sign that the radiator needs replacing. Modern radiators heat up almost instantly, so if you find you are waiting longer and longer for the house to feel cosy, or for your hot water to run through, it’s time to consider a new model.
- The flame turns yellow instead of blue.
If the radiator burns with a yellow flame, it may be a sign of carbon monoxide – the “silent killer.” It is a colourless, odourless gas that is hard to detect since you cannot smell it or see it. It has harmful effects on your health, too, and at the lowest levels can cause nausea, dizziness, and headaches.
- You’re repairing it more often.
If you find you frequently need to top up the pressure or reset your radiator, it may be time for a new one. While a new radiator may feel like a large investment, the mounting cost of repairs can be frustrating.
- Your house isn’t as warm as it should be.
If your home feels cold even when the heating is switched on, it could be that your radiator is faulty and no longer up to the job of heating up your home.
- Your fuel bills have skyrocketed.
If you have noticed a significant increase in your energy bills, it could mean your radiator is to blame. Getting an energy efficient radiator can save you as much as 30% on your bills.
- The radiator makes weird noises.
If the radiator is making odd noises, you will notice. The effort of heating up is a sound the radiator makes which eventually fades into the background – that is, until something isn’t working. There could be various reasons for the clunking and whirring noises and usually they are a result of wear and tear. Whatever the cause, a certified radiator technician will be able to identify the faults and suggest a newer and more economical model for your home.
If you notice any of these signs, contact an expert and get a new radiator for your home.
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