When Should You Replace Your Boiler?


The reality is that boilers tend to become less efficient and become worse and worse with the passing of time. Normally having a boiler for any more than 10-15 years means that it's time to say goodbye to old faithful...Consider the benefits of a new boiler, the latest models have the latest technology that is beneficial to you! Most of them are energy efficient which in the long run means that you will save MONEY on bills!


Gas courses

Gas Safe Engineer servicing a boiler.


Statistics show that 60% of the average household annual bills are taken up by your boiler, so you can see how important it is to have one that is working as efficiently and as cost-effective as possible.

Also, If you have to have your boiler repaired more than once a year, despite regular servicing, the cost of these call-outs is going to become greater than the cost of replacing your boiler altogether. Also, in older models, the parts become obsolete and therefore hard to locate, as well as being expensive when you do manage to find them.

Things to look out for:


Firstly, this may seem obvious, but a funny smell coming from your boiler could mean serious trouble. A funky smell is a sure sign that your boiler needs urgent attention! A replacement is probably in order, that familiar sulphurous, eggy odour means it most likely has a gas leak! This is obviously serious and means you should turn your boiler off immediately!

Next, the blue flame turning yellow! An orange, yellow or red flames means incomplete combustion of the gas...Remember back to school, if you starved the Bunsen burner of air, the combustion process was incomplete and the gas flame colour burned as sooty yellow or red. This is not good at all in terms of a boiler and means that is will require urgent attention.

Do not attempt to fix it yourself!


Gas work is highly dangerous and should be completed by somebody with experience, we do not recommend attempting any type of DIY relating to gas! If you hire a Gas engineer to come to your home to carry out repair work, then make sure that you check that they are 'Gas Safe Registered' you can check by looking at their ID card and entering their card number online at www.gassaferegister.co.uk!

Want to get involved in Gas work?


Gas installations and the like, require great training, it can be a technical subject that requires great teaching from top-quality instructors. Here at Able Skills, we have instructors that have years of experience out in the industry and are here to help, use their knowledge wisely when studying here. Don't be afraid to ask questions throughout your course that's what they are here for! There are tips and tricks that you would learn without the insight from professionals that know the trade inside and out!

We offer 6 different Gas courses that are packaged to include the steps to become a professional here at Able Skills, for both Qualified Plumbers and New Entrants. Each course will give you the in and out knowledge of how to safely carry out Gas work and the importance of Gas safety. See all Gas Courses on offer here:

Want some more information?


If you need some more information on any of the Gas courses talked about in this article or you have any enquiries about our training centre you have a few options. Firstly, you can call us and get in touch with a representative on 8081003245. We are open every single day between the hours of 8:30 - 4:30! 

Secondly, if you would prefer to speak to a member of staff in person about any of our Gas courses, we would be more than happy to show you around our facilities and answer any questions you may have! We are based in Dartford a short walk from the train station:

K5, Riverside Industrial Estate, Riverside Way, Dartford DA1 5BS


We are a British Plumbing Employers Council approved centre!