When it comes to looking for a new boiler, chances are you’re baffled by what option to go for. Not only by what boiler to get, but also who to have it installed for you. It’s a big decision and one you shouldn’t rush in making as this is what will heat your home and your water for many years to come. So let’s break it down into the information you need to know in order to make the decision that is right for you and your home. And find out how much a new boiler installation should cost.
The first question is do you need your boiler replacing? Can it be fixed? There’s a few tell tale signs that you need a new boiler installation, such as:
Do your radiators actually heat up? Or do they just go warm? This could be a sign that your boiler is on its last legs and could need replacing. It could also mean that there’s blockages so it may need a service, so this alone isn’t a reason to replace your boiler. Have a Gas Safety Registered engineer come and take a look at it to get a professional opinion.
If you have an inefficient boiler, this can cause your bills to spike faster than normal. Check the ERP label for the efficiency of your boiler, the better the rating the more efficient the boiler. Having a more modern A rated Boiler could save you hundreds of pounds a year on your gas bill.
Other than when the boiler fires up and a constant low hum of it working (which shouldn’t be loud enough to be very noticeable), your boiler shouldn’t be making any other noises.
Any leaking from your boiler can develop into further problems. This is something that needs immediate action. This could be faulty internal parts and leaking can lead to rust and corrosion issues. Leaking water can also cause issues in the home if left untreated, not to mention the water that is being wasted. This needs an engineer visit as soon a possible.
Your boiler shouldn’t give off any smells whatsoever. If there is any kind of smell, this needs an engineer right away. Not only is this a sign of a boiler issue, but it could indicate a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon Monoxide can be extremely dangerous and potentially fatal, so if you can smell anything, call a professional right away.
Combi Boilers – This is a very popular choice of boiler to have installed for many reasons. They can be highly economical because they only heat the water you use. You don’t need a separate cold water tank so they’re space savers, which means they work especially well if you have a smaller house or flat. They have a lot less parts so can be installed much quicker.
You also won’t run out of hot water because the “tank” has been used, because you don’t have a tank. So you have unlimited hot water. No mad dashes to finish your shower when you feel the water getting cooler.
Conventional Boilers – These boilers store your hot water in a hot water cylinder or storage tank. You can switch these boilers on or off, meaning you can heat the water in the cylinder/tank when you’re going to need it, and turn it off when you’re not. These types of boilers are suited for bigger houses with lots of people needing to use hot water at the same time.
They would also need space, normally in the loft, for a cold water feed tank. Something to consider, is that the hot water is not on demand and you’ll have to wait for the tank to heat up in order to use it. It also means that when that tank runs out, you would need to heat up another one.
System Boilers – These boilers are good for large homes, and require a hot water cylinder. Instead of a cold water feed and expansion tank, its replaced with an expansion vessel within the boiler. These work very similarly to the conventional boilers, but have a lot less external components.
The price of a new boiler depends on which boiler you go for, which in turn depends on how long it takes to install. You also need to factor in whether you’re swapping from one type of boiler to another, or doing a straight swap. When it comes to the cost of the actual boiler, average costs are as below:
Bare in mind, these are the costs of the actual boiler. Each boiler will have labour costs involved on top of this price.
Your boiler is the heart of your home, so when it comes to replacing it, take this into consideration. Whilst it may be tempting to choose the cheapest boiler of the range you go for, this may not be the most energy efficient. Check the efficiency of all boilers you look at. Check the manufacturers guarantee. Look at reviews of people who’ve bought them already.
And make sure you choose a Gas Safety registered engineer to install it! At Heating Connect, all our friendly and professional engineers are gas safety registered. So give us a call and speak to one of our helpful staff, to get your competitive quote at a time that’s convenient to you.