Demystifying the Average Lifespan of an Industrial Boiler 

There is often a lot of confusion around industrial boilers, how they work and what the most effective ways of maintaining them are.

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Calculating your ROI From The Initial Upfront Investment

One of the biggest questions that companies, developers and property owners face is how long their boiler will last.

Industrial boilers can be very expensive and invariably require a large upfront investment, so it’s only natural that you would want to get your money’s worth.

Like most things, the lifespan of an industrial boiler will depend on a variety of factors such as build quality, usage and maintenance.

There are different circumstances that will require different levels of investment but there are details and averages that will help you plan ahead and reduce the risk of surprise costs.

The Average Lifetime Is…..

On average an industrial boiler will last for around 25 years, which means that you can plan for a replacement with that time frame in mind.

There are hundreds of brands available on the market, each offering different specifications and alterations designed to expand the usability period.

In most cases, you will receive a guarantee from the manufacturer which states the expected lifespan of their boiler.

When Should A Boiler Be Replaced?

Although it can be hard to predict the exact lifespan of an industrial boiler, there are certain signs to lookout for that can tell you it’s getting close to replacement time.

If you have worked in your particular field for some time you will probably be experienced in the workings of your boiler and will already have a good idea of its lifespan.

If you’ve recently undertaken a development or project that involved the installation of an industrial boiler but you have little experience with them.

Here are some of the things that will help you determine your boiler is ready to be replaced.


Make Regular Checks

  • It’s important to always carry out regular checks to ensure the safety and efficiency of your boiler.
  • It’s recommended that you seek professional help from trained and licensed organisations.
  • If the checks reveal that your boiler is not working to capacity, it’s time to consider replacing or repairing.

Increased Maintenance

  • It’s rare that an industrial boiler will work flawlessly throughout its entire lifespan and on occasion, you will need to carry out repairs and maintenance.
  • If you start to notice that the number of repairs and maintenance costs are increasing it could be a sign that your boiler is coming to the end of its life and may need replacing before long.
  • Having a planned maintenance program in place will assist to identify problems before they materialise into larger issues or even breakdowns, remember prevention is better than cure.


  • There are often visible or audible signs that your boiler is broken or getting close to the end of its life.
  • If you start to notice irregular noises or strange smells coming from your boiler, it’s a good bet that it’s time to consider investing in a newer model.

Higher Energy Bills

  • If your energy bills have started getting higher and higher then it may be worth checking the efficiency of your boiler.
  • An industrial boiler that isn’t working to capacity can often result in increased energy consumption so be sure to keep an eye out for increased bills.

The heart of on any mechanical system is its plant room and boiler system.

This essential piece of your building if not correctly specified at the outset, can cause all sorts of problems most of which are avoidable.  However, with an expert mechanical company assisting you to review and help you specify the correct system you can be assured of a correctly designed system that will maximise your industrial boilers lifespan.

Elite specialise in plant room and commercial boiler systems design, install and maintenance.

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For further information on commercial mechanical and electrical systems or to take advantage of our free 30-minute specification consultation please contact the Elite team on 0114 269 3162 or email

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