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When Does Central Heating Need An Upgrade

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  • 23-08-2022
When Does Central Heating Need An Upgrade

When should I upgrade my central heating system? What are the benefits of upgrading. We answer both these questions and more in this article.

The Benefits Of A Full Heating System Upgrade

Suppose you've finally decided that you need to replace your older boilers before they have the opportunity to break down and pay to provide your home with an upgraded model to benefit your entire central heating system.

The following question to consider is whether or not you should have a whole central heating system overhaul and replace your inefficient radiators simultaneously.  We'll delve into the pros and cons of a whole-system replacement and whether or not it is entirely necessary.

Upgrading your boiler

When analysing whether a non-condensing boiler upgrade is in your best interest, we suggest looking at the age of your central heating boiler. For example, if you know it is much older than ten, professionals typically push you to replace it at this stage with a newer model that will be more efficient and use less energy.

More modern central heating boilers are much superior to older models as they heat water faster and use less gas and oil in their flue to complete the same job. One of the most apparent benefits is that these can help you save money on your energy bills. It would be best to remember that all boilers have to be serviced annually for your warranty to stay valid and assure you get the most out of your central heating system.

For those replacing old inefficient boilers, the building regulations state that your newly installed model must be A-Rated as this is the highest energy-efficiency rating. Almost all new boilers score around 88-90% in efficiency; it is primarily brand-new condensing boilers that reach such levels. 

Upgrading Your Old Radiators

Upgrading with new radiators when purchasing a brand-new boiler or heating system makes sense if you wish to improve the overall efficiency of your household heating appliances.

It's wise to get them done together, as it will reduce the costs of replacing them separately and means far less disruption for more than one installation on different occasions.

Upgrading your Pipework

Suppose you're considering an entire overhaul of your central heating system and can't figure out whether you require a replacement for the pipework; much like the radiators and boiler itself, there are several aspects to contemplate.

Boiler Kettling

Kettling or dry boiler kettling are terms used to describe the noise created when your boiler doesn't work as efficiently as it should; at this stage, you must contact a trustworthy gas engineer in your area to complete an investigation to uncover the issue. It sounds somewhat like a kettle boiling, which is why it is given such a name.

Often kettling occurs when a leak in your system comes from the pipework or the boiler itself, so we highly recommend checking your system thoroughly for any noticeable leaks surrounding the area. Next, you should investigate the pipework of your radiators as a reason for boiler kettling can be a leaking radiator.

If a manual search of your system isn't enough to detect leaks or issues, then at this point, we recommend calling in experts to do more of a thorough examination of your pipes and boiler. A build of sludge is another cause of kettling, as the generated hot water flowing throughout your system and hitting against the sludge can create these noises.

Ensure that, before you immediately purchase a new boiler, you get your pipework checked by a qualified engineer so that they can decipher whether or not the problem is down to one of the listed issues. Doing so will also give them enough time to repair the issue before doing it after an installation, ultimately increasing the price.

Uneven heat distribution

Suppose you discover that your pipework is coming out of your boiler extremely hot when you switch it on, yet the temperature of your radiator isn't as hot or is only hot in certain corners.

In this case, you should perhaps consider a full-scale pipework replacement from a qualified professional in your local area. If you find such problems, it could result from a pinhole leak in your pipework, or your pipes could suffer from internal corrosion.

Stainless steel pipes

Stainless steel pipes are uncommon to find; however, they are still somewhat present in older homes across the UK. Copper pipes are now more widely utilised.

Plenty of research and many household emergencies found that stainless steel isn't adequate for houses as it is highly prone to corrosion, which can cause sludge build-up and kettling issues, making it difficult to pump water effectively around the home

Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Central Heating System

Whilst there are some engineers out there that are untrustworthy and do everything in their power to persuade you to buy a new boiler or central heating system.

However, there are many circumstances where investing in a new system is a massive benefit for you and your household and will do wonders for your energy and repair bills.

Reduce Repairs

For those experiencing various issues with their household boiler or existing heating system, and therefore, you constantly have to call for professional heating engineers to visit your home to repair the appliance, it may be about time to invest in a brand new one that will be far more efficient overall.

It may be daunting to consider such due to the worry about the costs; however, when you begin genuinely adding up the repairs you require or have previously paid, they can gradually add to the cost of a new boiler.

Ultimately, you'll find that it's far more cost effective to upgrade your system and install a new model to prevent faults and reduce the scale of repairs you receive in a year.

Increased energy efficiency

Most people looking to purchase a new boiler may solely focus on the initial installation cost of the heating system; however, the savings over its entire lifespan outweigh the initial investment. For many families, it's paramount to lower your energy output as much as possible to reduce monthly energy bills, especially as gas and electricity bills are constantly rising.

We would encourage you to consider a replacement perhaps so that you can successfully achieve increased energy efficiency. A more efficient boiler that can reach peak temperatures around your home at an extensive pace means you won't have to leave your boiler on for extended periods to gain heat throughout your home.

The cost savings are curated using the increased efficiency of the brand-new boiler technology and the level of labour involved in the construction. Gas engineers will eliminate all binary on/off controls that create an all-or-nothing heating system within your household.

In doing so, you can ensure your property is heated to a more comfortable and suitable temperature at different times of the year, reducing the amount your boiler has to work to heat your home and lower your heating bills. Another way to ensure your heating needs are met and stay is to invest in cavity wall insulation.

Doing so will keep the heat inside your home for extended periods; insulation and underfloor heating is one of the focal points of most UK homes, as we are more prone to cold weather.

More control

Brand-new technology has been created that you can use alongside central heating systems to help successfully control temperature levels within different spaces inside your home. Electricians have the tools to integrate high-tech control systems into your property through smartphones and thermostats, which help better control the atmosphere. 

Such introduction of this level of operation, for example, outdoor sensors, modulating room controllers and thermostatic radiator valves allow us to enhance your boiler's efficiency via different controls.

Many of these modern radiator technology and other controls can be integrated during the installation of brand-new equipment, so we suggest contacting local engineers to advise on the best control system most suitable for you and your household.

Save Space

For those with an old central heating system inside their home or property, you likely have an old clunky boiler taking up a great deal of space within your house. Modern boilers have been skillfully designed to be much more energy-efficient than previous models, saving you more money and helping you be a little more environmentally friendly.

Yet, they are also far quieter and smaller than others. When it comes to replacing your boiler and heating system is a more cost-effective method of ensuring your home is much more inhabitable and cosy for your family and those living on your property.

Suppose you're living in a West London home or property and considering upgrading your central heating system; plenty of experienced teams across the area can provide top-tier solutions to install your new boilers.


Are you looking for Central Heating upgrades in Retford or the surrounding area of Nottinghamshire? If you  require Gas Safe heating installation, don't hesitate to contact our professional team.