Boilers - Repair or Replace?
15th December 2010
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When you have an ageing boiler, the prospect of finding yourself without heat or water should not be left to chance. So as the colder months approach how can you protect the warmth in your home – and avoid unexpected bills?


1st Advanced Maintenance Services specialises in boiler installation, servicing and repair. Proprietor Richard Mellor and his team have over 25 years experience and a wealth of knowledge about heating systems past and present.


Straight to the point – but always with a sense of humour – Richard puts to rest a few boiler myths and offers some very practical advice to our readers.


Do boilers over 10 years old need replacing?

“Not necessarily. Reputable brands such as Vaillant or Worcester Bosch should last you at least 15 years. Even older models of boilers can continue functioning quite well, albeit not efficiently.

"What's most important is that you keep your boiler serviced annually so any potential problems can be spotted early.”

6 signs your boiler is heading for problems

  • Radiators are not hot
  • Noisy pump
  • Hot water not working properly
  • Problems with your overflow pipe
  • Boiler is making a kettling sound
  • The flame is not clear blue

How efficient are new boilers?

"A new boiler will run on a minimum of 90% efficiency. They deliver the heat quicker, saving gas, energy – and you money. An older boiler will run on just 60% efficiency."


2 IMPORTANT facts when choosing a new boiler

  • A decent make is paramount – to buy a cheaper model is a false economy.
  • Power flushing is essential when replacing an old system – to cut
    corners will result in problems early on.


Are service maintenance contracts worth the money?

“In my honest opinion – no," says Richard. "If you have a decent make of boiler that has been professionally installed, the likelihood of any repairs within the first 10 years is minimal.

"An annual service costs around £100 – compare that with the difference a service contract will cost, you are most likely going to end up out of pocket.

"As a local firm, we get to know our clients and their heating systems. We are very experienced working with most makes of boiler and in an emergency will act quickly and efficiently.

"All our clients receive reminders for servicing. Keeping your home warm and dry is our GUARANTEE – at an affordable and honest price."


What does a boiler service do?

  • Validates the warranty
  • Ensures the heat exchange is clean
  • Ensures that heat is burning efficiently



Put your mind at rest. We will look over your system and advise you accordingly.


1st Advanced Maintenance - Boiler Repairs and Servicing - Richmond upon Thames


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