Procuring a new boiler can be expensive and complicated. Leaving the expense of repairing your old boiler that might suddenly conk off in winter, the cost of the new boiler installation could go as high as £3,000 and £5,000.
Here are 5 things you should consider before buying a new boiler.
1. Reliable brand:
A reliable boiler will help in saving money on expensive repairs. According to a boiler survey, a person on average spends approximately £210 on repairs. This amount can be an excellent incentive to select a good brand. As per the same survey, a reliable brand of boiler provides 63 out of 100 fault free boilers even after six years of usage. However, this number falls to 45 out of 100 if you choose a less reliable brand. So, to avoid sudden chills while taking a shower during winter, select a new boiler amongst the best and reliable brands.
2. Take your boiler engineer’s opinion:
It is always helpful to get advice from the experts. Your boiler engineer could serve as a valuable source of information while buying a new boiler. The engineer will guide you on the specifications, such as the type and size of the boiler (as per your needs). You should be aware that many Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Engineers get incentives to install boilers of particular brands. This statement implies that if you solely rely on your engineer to suggest a good brand, you can’t be sure whether that person is advising you to install a specific brand for his own gains or your good.
Make sure to check a list of the best and worst boiler brands online before speaking to your engineer. This exercise will help you to get familiar with different brands.
3. Types of boilers
Gas condensing boilers are categorized into three types: Combination, Conventional, and System.
- A Combination boiler, mostly known as a Combi boiler, eliminates the need to store water and heats the water as you need.
- A heat-only boiler, known as a Conventional boiler, uses a storage tank or cylinder where hot water can be stored and used later.
- A System boiler is pretty similar to a conventional boiler, but some components are built in to save space. This design makes the installation of a system boiler easier than a traditional boiler.
A standard combi boiler will be a good option if you live on your own or with another person in a small place with a single bathroom. If you live in a big house with more people, a conventional or system boiler with a storage tank will be a wise option. Your engineer can recommend a boiler type you need as per your requirements.
4. How to choose an efficient boiler?
Sedbuk Rating (Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers) UK is used to grade new boilers’ efficiency. Grade A to G is given from the most efficient boilers to the least, respectively. Boiler efficiency is the most crucial factor to be considered while buying a new boiler. An A grade boiler can save up to 50% on your gas bills.
If you are still using your old boiler, it is best to choose from a modern gas condensing boiler to save a good amount on utility bills. Approximately £650-£700 could be saved if you decide to get rid of your old bulky boiler and buy a modern gas condensing boiler for your home.
5. What size of Boiler to buy?
It is essential to understand a few aspects before you decide the size of the boiler you want to buy:
- The home heating and hot water capacity of the boiler
- The dimensions of the selected boiler
- Whether the chosen boiler will fit in the designated place in your home
The right side of the boiler will depend on your requirements, such as the number of bathrooms and the number of people in the home. You can consult your boiler engineer, who will guide you and recommend a boiler size to take care of your heating and hot water requirements.
Generally, the dimensions of the boiler can be found online or at the store. You can consider these measurements to find out whether the boiler will fit in the area you have carved out for the boiler installation. If not, you can always take the help of your engineer and carpenter to make specific changes to fit the new boiler.