Five things to know before buying a boiler
Buying 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. With a typical boiler installation costing anywhere between £2,000 and £5,000, here are five things you need to know before you sign on the dotted line for your new boiler.
1.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 Which? Comparison sites annual boiler 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, 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%.
2. Get our boiler engineer’s opinion
Complete Home Energy Solutions boiler engineers will be an invaluable source of information during the buying process. We will be able to guide you to make the best choice on the type and size of boiler you need. Our Engineers are Worcester Bosch, ATAG, Intergas, Vaillant and Baxi Approved Installers, having taken time to train with these leading boiler manufacturers and as such we can offer you the best advice and extended Guarantees.
- What types of boiler are there?
There are three main types of gas condensing boiler to choose from: a combination boiler, system boiler and conventional boiler.
- A combination boiler, commonly known as a combi boiler, heats water as you need it and eliminates the need for a storage tank.
- A conventional boiler, sometimes known as a heat-only 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.
Changing to an efficient new boiler 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 amount on your energy bill. The latest savings estimates from SEDBUK 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 £1,705 for £1,053 – a £652 saving. £652 The estimated annual saving you can make on your energy bill by swapping an old-style boiler for a modern one.
- What size boiler do I need?
When picking the best size boiler for your home you should consider two things:
- 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. This is something our heating engineer will help you with, and he or she will be key to making sure you achieve your hot water and heating requirements.
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