As fellow Yorkshireman Ned Stark once said, “winter is coming”- and it’s going to be a cold one! With the darker nights slowly creeping in, it’s now more important than ever to make sure your heating system is fully functioning and performing to a high standard. But what are the tell-tale signs that you need a new oil boiler? Here are our top five indicators that your boiler isn’t up to scratch!
Your radiators never really heat up!
Remember when your radiators used to heat the house in 30 minutes? Ahh, good times. Now you’re waiting hours just to feel a little benefit from your heating system, knowing fully well how much fuel you’re using in the background. Radiators shouldn’t take hours to heat a house, no matter the size or age of the building!
Your boiler is constantly breaking down!
If you know how many sugars your engineer takes in their tea because they’re out twice a month to fix your boiler, it’s probably time to get a new one. It may seem like an expensive suggestion, but once you compare the costs of repairs from your old boiler against the amount of money you’d save from a more energy efficient, modern boiler, you’re more likely to be actually saving in the long run!
You can smell oil!
Smelling oil is never a good sign, and should be looked at immediately by your heating engineer. You may have an issue with your combustion chamber, or a crack in your oil burner. We’d also recommend only using OFTEC registered heating engineers (like the team at Tate Heat), as they’re fully trained in spotting signs of leaks or damage to your boiler and tank. When it comes to oil, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
You’re using more fuel than usual!
It’s always worth making a mental note of how much fuel you typically use in a month, and if you’re suddenly finding that you’re out of heating oil quicker than usual, you may have a leak in the tank or boiler. Check for spillages or rust on the bottom of the tank, and an oily smell nearby. Unfortunately, any cracks or leaks from a tank would condemn it, and we would not be able to fill it!
Your radiators are keeping you up at night!
Can you hear constant banging and gurgling noises? It’s probably not a ghost (although we can’t guarantee it), but more than likely to be your boiler telling you something’s wrong. It could be a simple problem, but it could also be an indicator that your boiler is on its last legs. Don’t put up with the spooky noises – book in for a service!
Does this sound a bit too familiar to you? We’ve got heating engineers ready and waiting over at Tate Heat, who are OFTEC accredited and specialise in oil heating systems! We can provide a service for only £95+VAT and help you pick the perfect oil boiler replacement that suits your usage and budget. Get in touch today to find out more!