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How long does an industrial boiler last?

Posted 28th June 2024

How long does an industrial boiler last?

You might as well ask, how long is a piece of string, as the question how long does an industrial boiler last has no definite answer. There are too many variables to consider when looking at a boilers lifespan to fully determine an accurate time. The good news is, with proper care, an industrial boiler can last a long time!  The lifespan of a boiler can be up to 30 years, but several factors can influence this range such as:

-          Is the boiler being regularly serviced?

-          Are the operators conducting the correct daily checks?

-          Is the water being treated and tested accurately and regularly? 

Extending Your Boiler's Lifespan: The Power of Maintenance

Think of your industrial boiler like a hardworking vehicle, regular maintenance is key to keeping it running smoothly and efficiently. Services, by a specialist engineer, on an annual basis is your best defence against costly breakdowns and repairs. By taking proactive steps with regular boiler maintenance, you can significantly extend the lifespan of your boiler and avoid unexpected disruptions to your business.

Visit our Service page to find out more about our boiler maintenance packages and services to ensure you are on top of your boilers maintenance needs.

Beyond Maintenance: Other Factors Affecting Boiler Lifespan

While maintenance is king, there are other things to consider for a healthy, well-functioning boiler plant that will stand the test of time:

Proper Installation: A boiler that has been installed correctly by an industry expert, will be less prone to problems and consequently a longer lifespan. Our OEM trained, inhouse team have a wealth of experience in the installation of boilers, hotwell tanks, blowdown vessels, steam manifolds and interconnecting pipework, so your equipment is in the safest possible hands.

Boiler Size: An undersized boiler will constantly struggle to keep up, reducing its lifespan. Equally, an oversized boiler cycles on and off too frequently, putting strain on the system. Before you purchase an industrial boiler make sure you speak to our expert Sales Team to ensure you are purchasing the right size boiler for your sites specific needs.

Time to Say Goodbye? Signs Your Boiler Needs Replacing

Even with proper care, all boilers eventually reach the end of their lifespan. Here are some signs it might be time to consider a replacement:

Frequent repairs: If your boiler seems to need repairs more and more often, it might be nearing the end of its useful life. Our Engineers can advise you during their visit if they feel the boiler is in need of replacing, and arrange for a Sales Engineer to contact you to discuss options.

Decreased efficiency: As a boiler ages, it becomes less efficient, leading to higher fuel bills. If your boiler is costing too much to run, it may be time to upgrade to a new product with newer technologies and better energy efficiency ratings.

The Takeaway: Invest Wisely

You will have heard of the saying “buy it cheap, buy it twice”? Investing more money in a better quality product will benefit you more financially in the long run. 

If a reliable industrial boiler is essential for your process, you need to ensure you choose the best option for your sites long terms goals. Prioritising regular maintenance and understand the factors affecting your boiler's lifespan, will help you maximise your equipment.

If you're unsure about the condition of your boiler, consult our expert boiler technicians for an inspection. They can advise you on the best course of action,  keeping your business running smoothly and your customers happy.

Not sure which boiler is right for you?

Call us on +44 (0)1535 665225 and we will advise you on the best product for your needs.

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