What Is The Average Life Of A Boiler?

Tuesday 13th July 2021

A boiler is an essential component of any home’s heating system. If you are keen to make sure that you are staying on top of your boiler’s care, you should be aware of how long a boiler is likely to last you in the first place. There are many factors which affect this, so understanding this as well as you can will mean you can keep on top of your boiler’s maintenance, and enjoy the many benefits that come with that.

Influencing Factors

Let’s take a look at some of the major factors that affect the lifespan of a boiler. These are just the main ones, and there are others which can affect it too, so you will always need to speak to your plumbing or heating professional to find out more about your specific situation.

Make & Model

A main factor here is the make and model of the boiler. Different makes and models have different lifespans, as you would expect, with brands like Worcester Bosch and Ideal tending to last a lot longer than many others. Remember: if you save money on the initial cost, you may pay for it in maintenance costs later on – or by having to replace the boiler earlier than you would like.


Of course, how you care for your boiler will also make a significant difference to how long it lasts. Someone who takes care of their boiler, with regular maintenance and so on, is going to get a lot more life out of their boiler. So be aware of that if you are hoping not to have to replace it too soon.


Radiators can sometimes make a tapping noise in the pipes

Methods For Increasing Lifespan

So what can you specifically do to increase the lifespan of your boiler? Usually the lifespan can range from 8-18 years. Thankfully there are some things you can do to get the most out of those years.

Annual Service

Very few people arrange for an annual service of their boiler, but this is one of the simplest and most effective ways to ensure that your boiler really lasts and stands the test of time. Getting an engineer in once a year is generally sufficient to ensure your boiler lasts for so much longer, and you will find you actually save money in the long run by doing this. If your boiler hasn’t been serviced in a while, contact us for a boiler service to extend the lifespan of your boiler.

Fit A System Filter

With a system filter fitted alongside your boiler, debris will be caught and won’t affect the boiler itself. This will ensure you can get a lot more out of the boiler itself.

Scale Reducer

Similarly, with a scale reducer, you can reduce the limescale on the boiler, and this will stop it breaking down in that way – which can be the easiest way for a boiler to suffer.

Power Flushing

You should also call out an engineer to carry out a power flushing of the boiler if you find most of your radiators aren’t getting warm. During this process, all sludge build up in the boiler and the pipes is removed, thus ensuring the boiler is working at full capacity again.

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