Should I get a Combi Boiler?

Whether it’s new or old, your boiler is one of the items in your home that you don’t want to live without, especially in the winter months. If you’re thinking of replacing your current boiler, whether that be out of choice or because it’s finally given up, you’re probably wondering what type of boiler is right for you. There are many boilers out on the market these days, and we understand this can seem extremely confusing. Combi Boilers are becoming more and more popular, and most of the time in new builds it’s the boiler of choice that’s installed. So should you get a Combi Boiler? Let’s take a look.

Do I Need a New Boiler?

The first thing you need to know is, do you even need to replace your boiler? Unbeknown to many people, boilers should be serviced every year. This ensures that any issues are picked up at the earliest point, but also to keep your boiler running efficiently and effectively. Having a service can save you hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds. A small problem left untreated could end up being a very big and expensive issue. This is why it’s best to have these yearly services, so you can find them and fix them in the earliest stages possible.

If however you’re having to have repairs done more than once a year, it might be time to look into replacing your boiler. Although a new boiler may seem like a large expense, over time repairs can soon start to rack up.

You should also take into consideration the efficiency of your boiler. If you notice your bills are creeping up, or are generally rather high, this could be a sign that actually, your boiler isn’t functioning in the way it should be. A new boiler can save you hundreds of pounds a year.

Things to Look Out For

Some things to look out for that may be an indication that you should replace your boiler are:

  • Noises such as hissing, knocking or popping sounds
  • Water temperature fluctuates, for example in the shower
  • Engineer call outs for repairs regularly
  • More than 10-15 years old
  • Radiators are taking longer to heat, or don’t heat at all
  • Funny smells from your boiler
  • Bills are increasing
  • Leaking boiler

It’s worth noting that a leaking boiler, or funny smells require an urgent call for an engineer regardless of whether you want to replace your boiler or not. Carbon Monoxide is an odourless and tasteless, and can be fatal to you and your family, so do not ignore what could be warning signs.

What Boilers are There?

There are 3 main types of boilers on the market that are used in homes. They are a Combi Boiler, a Conventional Boiler, and a System Boiler.

System Boiler

This boiler has the same components as a combi boiler, but without the instant hot water production. It has a steel hot water cylinder, and works similarly to a conventional boiler.

Conventional Boiler

This boiler provides heating directly to your radiators, and uses a water cylinder, to provide you with hot water. These types of boilers do require room for a water feed tank, normally located in the loft of your home.

Combi Boilers

This boiler heats water on demand, using an integral heat exchanger. The water is fed directly from your cold water mains, and won’t “run out”. There is no need for a water cylinder or a feed tank, as everything is done through the combi boiler unit. This can be a huge space saver for people in properties with limited space such as flats or small houses.

Would a Combi Boiler Suit my Home?

There are several things to consider when you ask whether a combi boiler would suit your home. Will it be practical for your needs? How many occupants do you have in your home? What is the water flow rate like to your home? And of course costs.

Whilst cost shouldn’t be the driving factor in making a purchase of a new boiler, we understand that it does need to be taken into consideration. However what may save you money in the beginning, could end up costing you more over the lifetime of your boiler. Be sure to take all these figures into consideration when making your choice.

Poor water pressure isn’t going to work with a combi boiler, which is also something important to know when you’re making your decision. If the flow rate to your home is very low, a combi boiler probably isn’t for you.

You also need to bear in mind that if your water pressure is “ok”, simultaneous use of hot water, for example more than one person showering, reduces the pressure and flow rate again. In a house with more than one bathroom and several occupants, a combi boiler may not be the right solution.

How Much do I want to Spend on a Boiler?

The initial cost of a boiler can be as little as £400-£500. But is that boiler an efficient boiler? Will the initial savings soon start mounting up over the years? Leading to thousands of extra pounds spent over the lifetime of that boiler. It’s also important to note that the most expensive doesn’t necessarily mean the best for you and your home. Paying out £4000 because someone told you the boiler was “the best” doesn’t mean it’s the best for your home.

Don’t simply go on word of mouth, do the investigation, weigh up the pros and cons of each boiler based on all factors, and make sure you take a look at reviews. These reviews are from people who’ve actually had the boiler installed in their home, and can be very helpful when making your own decision.

As an initial price, you are looking to pay between £400-£3000 for a boiler, as a guide. This doesn’t take into consideration the installation costs, as these will vary depending on what company you choose to carry out the installation.

To Conclude: Should I get a Combi Boiler?

Make sure you don’t choose the first company you come across, spend a bit of time getting more than one quote, and make sure you check the credentials of the company. And remember to always use Gas Safe Registered companies to make sure you have a safe installation completed.

At Get Me a Boiler, we want to help you choose the right boiler for you and your family.

You can contact us via our website or call us directly. We can then talk through the options mentioned in this article and help you to decide which is the right boiler for you.