In an ever changing industry, heating appliances also need to adapt and evolve in order to meet customer and legislative needs.
Heating appliance design, function and maintenance has changed drastically over the last 10-15 years in an effort to create a more efficient, cost-saving design Nowadays, boilers can achieve 90% efficiency, a huge increase from even a decade ago.
As the primary preserver of the PartsArena data for the past 8 or so years I find it is always a balancing act as to where to focus the majority of effort in terms of keeping the data current.
Do we concentrate on adding the latest appliances, which in theory are more modern by design and perhaps less likely to require repair? Or should we prioritize keeping older legacy data up to date as these are the appliances most likely to be coming to the end of a parts life?
Having moved house in the last few years, I have stepped slightly more up to date by moving from a property with an old back boiler to a house with a combi boiler. While newer than our old back boiler, the combi boiler is far from the latest model, having ceased production circa 2003.
The back boiler was rock solid from my experience. It never required repair during our time at the property and whilst it wasn't very efficient, it was a boiler that suited the size of property and the heating bills were never unreasonable.
When moving house I looked at replacing the combi from the point of view of lowering our heating bills with a more efficient boiler. Whilst the combi was a jump in efficiency from the back boiler, it was still only about 80% efficient and that was back in 2003!
However, when speaking to heating engineers about the potential boiler swap the message seemed to be quite loud and clear— "If it ain't broke, don't fix it pal".
Unfortunately, the combi hasn't been as bullet proof as the trusty old back boiler, requiring a new fan shortly after moving in, as well as a new diaphragm in the diverter valve.
That said, neither part or repair was particularly expensive and in the case of the fan I was able to use the data within PartsArena to source a genuine manufacturer’s part.
So, the question posed is "Is it worth fixing that old boiler?"
Perhaps at some point I may decide to upgrade to a newer condensing combi which might save me some money over the course of its life, particularly if the upkeep becomes expensive or parts difficult to find.
I would have to say through my own experiences that it probably is worth maintaining an existing appliance as long as it remains viable to do so, even though the inclination may be to go with the newer, more efficient models. Just because an appliance is new doesn’t guarantee its reliability, as we all know.
Of course, the challenge of maintaining existing appliances is having access to the legacy repair information and parts needed to maintain it. This makes software like PartsArena even more necessary as the industry continues to move forward, and being able to continue making sure the right data is available for PartsArena customers to use long into the future - on both the new models and the old - is all part of my job. After all, there are a lot of trusty old appliances that don’t deserve to be left in the dust!