How much does it cost to repair a heat exchanger?
This could range from £100 to £1,000,000. This first question is really difficult to answer because every type of repair is different. It’s a case of ‘how long is a piece of string’. The things to take into consideration are:
- The type of damage to the heat exchanger
- The extent of the damage to the heat exchanger
- The cost of the parts required to repair the heat exchanger
- The cost of the labour required to perform the repair
What you need to consider before repairing your heat exchanger
Sometimes a repair might be more expensive than a replacement. Therefore if your heat exchanger breaks down, you should consider the following…
1. How old is your heat exchanger?
Depending on the type of heat exchanger, if it is older than, let’s say 10 years, it may be worth considering a replacement. Getting it repaired might just be papering over the cracks. If your heat exchanger is relatively new, then a repair is probably the way to go unless there is a major, irreparable problem with it.
2. How is your heat exchanger performing?
If you find that your heat exchanger is not performing well under normal function, again you may want to consider a replacement. It might not be worth paying for the repair. To assess the performance of your heat exchanger we can perform a number of tests. For example, a pressure test to see if there are any leaks; a flow-rate test to see if there are any blockages; an ultrasonic test to check the wear of the tube material.
3. How often does your heat exchanger break down?
If your heat exchanger continually breaks down, again you might want to assess whether it’s worth repairing or whether you should just replace it.
What you should do next…
Get in touch with us and before you take any action, we can provide full testing, analysis and recommendations. We will carry out a full inspection and, where required, pressure, flow-rate and ultrasonic testing to establish the scale of the damage to your heat exchanger.