There may come a time where your home needs a new boiler, which can be a significant financial investment. Most boilers stop working because of parts that have worn and deteriorated over time. If you’re having an extension on your home, you may need a new boiler to cope with the additional heating.
You’ll need to choose a boiler that fits in with your home’s heating system, and falls within your price range, which can be a challenge as there are so many types of boilers available. You’ll also be looking for a boiler that is energy efficient and cost effective. We’re here to help, and have broken down the key elements for understanding boilers.
Check Boiler Parts First
Sometimes the boiler isn’t working because one or two key parts have worn down over time. It’s worth getting a professional opinion to decide if these are easily replaced, before you go the whole hog and replace the boiler.
Types of Boilers
There are 3 main types of boiler and it’s generally considered best to replace your old boiler with the same type, as your heating system is built around the boiler. You may also have a water tank or heating cylinder which is part of your heating and hot water system.
The three types are: System boilers, Heat Only boilers and Combi boilers.
System boilers have a large cylinder for heating water, and one of their main plus points is that they can provide heating and hot water simultaneously. This is great if you have multiple bathrooms in your home. They are also compact, and do not require large loft tanks, which reduces the risk of frozen pipes. Due to their compact nature, they are often easy to install and can be housed in a small area.
Heat Only Boilers
Heat Only Boilers are the more conventional type and are commonly found in homes with central heating. They provide heating through radiators, but for hot water you’ll often have a separate hot water cylinder to cater for bathrooms and sinks. Suitable for homes with a traditional heating system, these boilers are a good like-for-like replacement. However, Heat Only boilers require more room for installation and can be less energy efficient than more modern types.
Combi or Combination Boilers are a more recent design that is high in energy efficiency and combines to make a water heater and central heating system. An advantage of Combi boilers is that they do not need a water tank or heating cylinder because they use water directly from the mains system. This is a huge advantage which massively saves on the space needed for the boiler. Most modern homes will have a Combi system as they involve less pipework, less space and can still provide a home with heating and hot water.
Which boiler is right for me?
Take a look at your current boiler set up, does it include a loft water tank or heating cylinder? How much space is it taking up? Does it use gas or electric to power it? These answers will be important in understanding which boiler you currently have, and which boiler may be best for you.
Average Boiler Costs
The cost of purchasing and installing a new boiler can be significant, with prices varying depending on the type of boiler, the complexities of the system and the tradesman. In general, a boiler will cost around £1000 – £5000, but this can depend on a variety of factors.
Check with your energy supplier to see if they offer discounts on boilers in relation to your energy package. Remember, a boiler is an investment and they usually last 15-20 years, so although it is a large undertaking, it should pay off in the long run.
Finding a Boiler Installer
Finding a boiler installer has never been easier by using Quote Check. We’ll provide you with quotes from a range of fitters in your local area that can quickly install your new boiler for a great price. We know how annoying it is to be without hot water and heating, and we’re here to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.