5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY A NEW BOILERBuying a new boiler is an expensive and complicated process at the best of times – let alone against the backdrop of your old boiler breaking down suddenly in winter. To help make your boiler buy more straightforward, we have our guide on what to consider when deciding on a new boiler purchase.
The importance of a reliable new boiler It’s simple really – the more reliable your new boiler, the less money you will have to shell out on expensive repairs. According to our annual boilers survey, the average cost of a boiler repair is £210 – which is quite an incentive to pick a reliable brand. If you choose the most reliable brand of boiler, according to our survey, an impressive 63% are likely to still be fault free after six and a half years. Get unlucky and pick the least reliable brand, and this falls to a disappointing 45%. Don’t be left with cold showers in a freezing cold home – only pick a new boiler from one of the most reliable and best boiler brands.
2. WHAT TYPE OF NEW BOILER?
There are three main types of gas condensing boiler to choose from: A combi boiler which heats water as you need it and eliminates the need for a storage tank.
A heat-only boiler, sometimes known as a conventional boiler, means you will have a hot water tank or cylinder where hot water can be stored for later use.
A system boiler is just like a heat-only boiler, but more components are built in. This can make system boilers easier to install than conventional ones and they tend to take up less space.
If you live in a small home with only one bathroom, or live on your own or with only one other person, a standard combi boiler without a hot water tank will usually be the best choice. If your home is larger or there are more than two people living in it, then a heat-only or system boiler is usually a better option. Your heating engineer will be able to talk you through the different types of boiler and make a recommendation for the best choice in your home.
3. GETTING THE RIGHT SIZE NEW BOILER
When choosing your new sized boiler two things need to be considered.
• The heating and hot water capabilities of the boiler
• The physical size of your boiler and whether it will fit in the space you have it destined for.
The correct heating size of the boiler will be something unique to you and your home, as it depends on things such as how many bathrooms you have and how many people you live with.
If you are replacing an old-style boiler with a modern gas condensing boiler, the good news is you are likely to save a decent £1,705 amount on your energy bill. The latest savings estimates suggest that if you live in a detached home and are replacing an old-style heavyweight boiler with a modern condensing boiler, you will be swapping average fuel bills of for £1,053 – a £652 saving.
If you already have a modern condensing boiler and are simply looking for a replacement, the good news is that they are all very energy efficient.
5. THE LOWEST PRICE IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST
The cost of installation of a new boiler can fluctuate greatly. Often people think that just because the boiler being installed is the same that the work involved is also the same. The work involved can differ greatly. To take one boiler off the wall and replace with another ‘a straight swap’ as it’s known in the trade, can be done within a couple of hours.
Many people will simply buy on price but remember this is what supplies you with heating and hot water for the next 10 to 15 years.
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