Using boiler spares that aren’t from the original manufacturer can be very dangerous. Third-party boiler spares can not only put you and others at risk but can also invalidate your warranty. Read on to find out more about why you need to avoid boiler spares from anyone other than the company that made your boiler.
Replacing a boiler part
Today’s boilers are designed to last around a decade at least. However, parts can stop working before the boiler reaches the end of its lifespan. Many people have had trouble when attempting to source new boiler parts. This can lead to them using parts of older boilers and acquiring them from the wrong sources. If you attempt to replace official boiler parts with unofficial ones, you may invalidate your warranty. You may also be putting yourself at serious risk if you use counterfeit boiler parts as these can be of substantially poorer quality.
The risks of using unofficial parts
If you’re not 100% sure that a part is in full working condition and meets industry standards, something could go incredibly wrong. If there is an accident due to the use of an unofficial boiler part, the installer who fitted it could be held responsible. By using boiler parts from the original manufacturer, you can rest assured that they will be wholly compliant with Gas Safe Regulations.
Signs a part isn’t genuine
Sometimes, it can be hard to find out whether you have a counterfeit or genuine boiler part on your hands. If components are missing or parts are excessively noisy, they may be dangerous to use. Other signs you should dispose of the part rather than using it are evidence of poor-quality welding. Scorch marks should also be cause for concern. You may be tempted to save money by using unofficial parts and paying less, but this is only likely to cause you big problems in the long run.
Should I just replace my boiler?
If you’re frequently experiencing problems with your boiler and it is nearly a decade old, it may be more cost-effective to invest in a new one. Today’s boilers are more energy-efficient than ever, and the fact that they cost less to operate can mean big savings in the long run. Replacing a series of boiler parts can cost up to £1,000, which is around the same price as some brand-new boilers.
Who is responsible for unofficial parts?
Replacement parts from the original manufacturer have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they are the right match for the boiler they are intended for. Once a ‘refurbished’ part has had changes made to it, it can’t be treated as a genuine part. Anyone who sells you a refurbished part has to let you know that it’s not an original manufactured part, and they must remove all the original markings. Once an alteration has been made to a part, the original manufacturer isn’t responsible for it. The company who has altered it then becomes responsible for it, and if something goes wrong, they could be liable for prosecution.
Getting in touch
Talk to Ability today if you do require a quality boiler repair service. We only ever use official genuine parts from the original manufacturer. Get in touch by calling 0800 889 015 or sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, send us a message via our website.