If you’ve been living with a sealed flue gas boiler it will soon be time to have it replaced. The serviceable lifetime tends to be around 10 years and most of the fan-flued models out there are older than that now.
You will probably be aware that these boilers are no longer permissible by law, as they don’t offer the opportunity to be accessed for safety inspections. The issue is you are going to need to replace the entire flue system with one that isn’t concealed.
This is going to cause quite a lot of disruption. If your flue is nowhere near an outside wall, then it’s going to need to be re-routed, and it can’t be hidden because it needs to be readily accessible for inspection. It’s quite worrying when you think about how it’s all going to look. The picture below shows an example, and it’s not pretty.
So what’s the alternative? Well the good news is there’s an option that will avoid all the upheaval, mess and general disarray when it comes to the aesthetics of your home. And that’s electric.
A lot of people think they have to stick with gas, but that’s definitely not the case. You can quite easily switch to electric, and there are plenty of benefits, including being economical to run. Electric boilers don’t need flues, so they can be situated anywhere. They are also really compact, and silent too. So if the only place you’ve got to put one is the bedroom, no problem. There’s no risk of carbon monoxide fumes either.
If you don’t fancy the prospect of having unsightly pipework running across your ceiling when it comes time to replace your sealed flue gas boiler system, think electric. If you’d like a free, no-obligation quotation please don’t hesitate to get in touch.