5 things to think about before buying a boiler
When your boiler suddenly breaks down and leaves you with cold water and a chilly house, you’ll want to fix things as quickly as possible. But buying a new boiler is a big decision and long-term commitment, so before you rush out and make the purchase, it’s worth considering these five tips.
Check your warranty
A boiler is something you want to rely on day after day. That’s why most models come with a warranty period of one to 10 years after installation. So if your boiler needs repair work within that period, the manufacturer will carry the cost in most cases.
To see if you’re still covered, it’s worth finding the booklet that came with your boiler or contacting your manufacturer directly.
Do your research
With so many types of boilers, finding the right one can feel like a daunting task. Here’s a quick overview of combi, conventional and system boilers:
- Combi boilers suit smaller households with a low demand for heating and water, and with a single bathroom
- Conventional boilers are better for larger families with higher heating and water demands. They also service bigger households with more than one bathroom and fit in lofts and large airing cupboards
- System boilers are a popular with larger families with a high demand for heating and water when space is limited
Think long term
The right boiler will pay for itself. Think beyond the purchase and installation price and consider the long-term costs too. With an energy efficient boiler, you’ll cut your heating and water bills and do your bit for the planet at the same time.
According to Which?1, replacing an old boiler with a more efficient alternative, could take £652 off your energy bills per year. This means your boiler will pay for itself in less than five years.
Apply for a boiler grant
If you live in a low-income area, you may qualify for a boiler grant. That means you could be eligible for a free or subsidised replacement boiler under the Government’s ECO scheme.
Find a local expert
When you’ve found the right boiler, it’s time to think about the installation. To make sure this is done safely and in line with current industry standards, you need a certified engineer.
If you find someone local to you, they’ll understand all the nuances of that specific area. And because they don’t have to travel far, they can work around your schedule and pop in when it’s most convenient.