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The Guide to Getting A New Boiler

The last thing you want is for your boiler or heating system to break down and leave you without heating or hot water. At Get Me a Boiler, we have a team of specialist engineers that can help you get a new installation as soon as the next day. Meaning that you will have a warm home within no time. Our guide to getting a new boiler discusses the main things you need to know about a new installation. Including the type, brands, and different sizes of boiler that are available on the market.

The Guide to Getting a New Boiler: Index

  1. Do You Need a New Boiler?
  2. Things to Look Out For
  3. The Best Time to Get a New Boiler
  4. 10 Reasons you should get a New Boiler
  5. Questions to Ask the Engineer
  6. The Best Boiler for You
  7. Top 5 Boilers to Buy in 2021
  8. The Process of Getting a New Boiler with Us
  9. What is the Gas Safe Register?
  10. How to Check an Engineer is Gas Safe
  11. Do your Research and Look Around
  12. To Conclude

Do You Need a New Boiler?

First things first in our guide to getting a new boiler is, do you need one? Is it making funny noises or have you noticed that your radiators aren’t heating up properly? Has your hot water cut out completely or does the temperature fluctuate in the shower or bath?

If your boiler breaks down completely it will affect your hot water and central heating. It can be very unpleasant for a while, particularly if it’s in the middle of winter. There are many signs to look out for that you may need a new one.

It’s important to realise that there are danger signs, such as scorching, black marks, or soot around your appliances. With this in mind, if you smell gas at any point, turn off your boiler and call a gas engineer immediately.

With attention to carbon monoxide poisoning, symptoms include tiredness, confusion, and dizziness. It’s important to know these symptoms in case there is a serious and dangerous situation with your heating system.

For example, if your boiler is over 10 years old and you are regularly calling out an engineer for repairs, it’s probably time to replace it.

All boilers have different components that are affected by wear and tear over time. An old boiler is less efficient. Henceforth, it will take longer to heat your home, thus pushing up your energy bills as well.

By all means, if you’re not sure whether you need a new heating system, speak to your gas engineer during the annual service or its next repair job.

Things to Look Out For

Lots of repairs needed

Maybe you find yourself calling out a gas engineer regularly. For this reason, you could be paying out a lot of money to maintain your boiler.

There are some things you can check for yourself at home if there is a problem with your boiler. Such as frozen pipes if the water is not heating up, or perhaps your radiators need bleeding if there are cold spots in your home. However, never try to carry out repairs by yourself.

If you have tried to detect the issue and can’t seem to resolve it, it’s time to call out a gas safe engineer. Depending on the type of your boiler and the time of the week, a call out ranges in price. Obviously, emergency call outs will cost more, as well as weekend or out of hours calls.

To put it another way, the more you need repairs done to your boiler, the more you should consider getting a new one. Although the outlay is more expensive than an immediate repair, you will save money on your bills and energy in the long run.

The age of the boiler

Another key point is that the average lifespan of a boiler is about 15 years. That is to say, if it is over 10 years old, it’s starting to get old and is probably less efficient.

If you have moved into a new home or you simply don’t know when the boiler was installed, you can find out by looking at its serial number.

A serial number is a long sequence of numbers and letters found in a few different places, such as the drop-down front panel or the side of the boiler. If you have the installation manual, it will probably be in there. Use the serial number to find out the year it was manufactured.

The fluctuation of water temperature

In addition to this, if your water temperature fluctuates, the pressure valve might be to blame. A broken value could cause a drop in water pressure meaning that cold or hot water levels will drop.

Installing a new mixing valve in the shower can help to reduce or get rid of any temperature fluctuations. A thermostatic mixing value will automatically balance the amount of hot water and cold water that is being mixed.

Radiators not warming up

Furthermore, another symptom that you may need a new boiler is that your radiators aren’t heating up. The most common reason for this is trapped air and you need to bleed the radiators. If you’ve just turned the heating back on after the summer, air can become trapped in the radiators.

The first step is to turn off your heating. You can then use a radiator key to turn the valve at the top of the radiator. You should hear a hissing sound. Use a cloth to catch any water that comes out. Retighten the valve once the hissing stops and only liquid comes out. Do this quickly to stop too much water from escaping. Then you can turn on the heating again.

If you find this hasn’t helped and your radiators are still cold in places, then it could be a problem with your boiler.

The Best Time to Get a New Boiler

To sum up, getting a new boiler requires a heating engineer to come to your home and fit the new system. In light of this, you need to give them time and space in that particular room or loft.

The cost depends on what type of boiler and brand you use, which in turn depends on the needs of your household. Replacing your boiler like for like may take less time and be easier to install. However, if it is very old, you may wish to consider a new, modern type of boiler which is more energy-efficient and better for your home.

In light of this, if you choose a completely different type of boiler than your current one, this could take longer to install, but it will save money and energy in the long run.

Summer is the time to get a new boiler

Ideally, the best time to get a new boiler installation is in the summer. You may not be thinking about your boiler in the warmer weather, but it’s a good time. In the winter months, when your boiler is in constant use, it’s a more unpleasant time to go without hot water and central heating.

Not to mention that by replacing your old boiler with a more energy-efficient one, you are helping to reduce global carbon emissions. To say nothing of the difference in your energy bills.

With all this in mind, do you need a new boiler?

If the answer is yes, start by getting some advice from a registered heating engineer. They will be able to give you a better understanding of the cost implications for repairs versus the cost of having a new boiler installed.

At Get Me A Boiler, you can use our service completely free of charge. We only use gas safe registered companies and we cover all boiler types. By replacing your old boiler with an A-rated energy efficient one, you could save up to £300 a year.

Just complete our simple form online and you will be contacted by our trusted plumbers. Then you get to choose the right quote for you and the job will get done.

10 Reasons To Get a New Boiler

Below we have put together the 10 most common reasons that people have to get a new boiler for their home.

1. Safety, you smell gas or there has been a carbon monoxide leak

Safety is a number one priority with gas boilers. If you smell gas, you may have had a carbon monoxide leak and you must get a gas safe engineer to deal with it. The gas itself can leak from various parts of your boiler as it passes around the pipework to heat your home.

Boiler servicing is one of the best ways to prevent and stop leaks from occurring. An annual boiler service includes checks to the internal and external workings as well as checks to the pipework.

As a homeowner, you can also use a carbon monoxide alarm.

A leak is a very serious issue with your boiler and maybe the top reason for getting a new one.

2. Your house takes a long while to heat up

Have you noticed that it’s taking longer and longer to warm up your home? There are many components in a boiler and over time it’s natural for the parts to suffer from wear and tear.

The older the boiler, the less efficient it becomes. Therefore it uses more fuel to heat your home and it takes longer to do it.

3. You are spending a lot of money on regular repairs to your boiler

Perhaps your boiler is working well for now, but that’s because you’ve just had it repaired again. An annual service takes care of any small repairs before they turn into big emergencies.

However, if you find yourself calling out a gas engineer more often due to regular problems, and it’s costing you a lot of money, it’s probably time to consider a new boiler.

4. You are interested in a more energy-efficient boiler

Investing in a new boiler is a great way to make your home more efficient. Maybe you have been looking at ways to improve your efficiency for a while.

New boilers are not only more efficient but also have a modern design. You can also use smart technology to control particular boilers, thus saving on your heating at the touch of a button or by using voice control.

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5. You want to save money on your energy bills

Another advantage of a new boiler is that it will save you money in the long term. The initial outlay for a new boiler may seem expensive to you. But you could save up to hundreds of pounds on your energy bills each year. Additionally, you’ll get peace of mind from knowing that the heating has not gone to waste.

6. You want a modern boiler

The boiler from your childhood may have included a huge water tank in the loft. Now, you can get a sleek design combi boiler to fit into a kitchen cupboard. The latest smart technology allows you to control your heating from your phone. If you’re out and you know when you’re coming home, you can set the heating on in advance.

7. Your family circumstances have changed and you need a different boiler

Over the years, your family circumstances may have changed. Perhaps you are going through a divorce, or your family is growing. If you are downsizing or relocating, you may need to consider what type of boiler suits your purposes. If your family is growing and you are in a larger home with the shower and bath in use more often, you may need a different boiler to compensate for this.

8. Your boiler is over 10 years old

A boiler over 10 years old is considered old age. Most boilers last up to 15 years. Your boiler may still be working well and covering the needs of your family. However, perhaps now is the time to start considering your options for a more modern, efficient boiler.

9. Parts are hard to find for your boiler

If you’re finding that the gas engineer is visiting your home more often to fix the boiler and they tell you that parts are getting harder to find, that’s another sign your boiler is too old. Especially with the new modern types of boiler, it will get harder to find the right parts for boilers that have been discontinued.

10. A new boiler is reliable

Finally, a new boiler will simply be more reliable than an old one. In the middle of winter, when your home is full of people for Christmas or New Year, you’ll be glad that the boiler is fully functional and you have a warm home. Breakdowns in winter are very common and it’s often the busiest time of year for engineers too.

Questions to Ask the Engineer

So you are thinking of getting a new boiler. Here are some questions to ask the engineer when they attend your home for a quotation or on the day of your installation.

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  • Are you gas safe registered?

    Firstly, you need to check that the engineer is gas safe registered. Each engineer will have an ID card which will have information on it including their name, a photo, and a gas safety registration number. It’s imperative that you use an engineer on the gas safety register, because otherwise, this could put your warranty in jeopardy if you have one.

  • Do you have the right qualifications to do my boiler installation?

    Secondly, check they have the right qualifications to carry out a boiler installation. This information will be on the back of the ID card.

  • What boiler do you recommend?

    You may have done the research yourself, but you can always ask an engineer what type of boiler they would advise for your home, what they recommend, and why.

  • Should I move my boiler?

    Another question you could ask is whether it’s cheaper for you to replace the old boiler in the same place or to move it? If you can, how much extra would it cost to move?

  • Will my radiators need replacing?

    Additionally, will you need to replace any radiators or add any pipework? If you want to know more about smart technology and how you can control your heating, this is a good time to ask that question too.

  • How long will the installation take?

    Ask how long the work is going to take and how much room the engineer will need to carry it out. This will depend on your type of boiler and where it is in the house.

  • Will my system be power flushed?

    Before work starts on a new installation, you can ask the engineer if the system will be power flushed first. Power flushing allows the engineer to remove any type of sludge or debris that might get stuck in the system. Without a power flush, all the impurities in your system might end up damaging the new boiler.

  • Where will the flue be installed?

    Another question to ask is where will the flue be installed? This is important as gas safe regulations mean that the flue should be installed at a certain distance from windows, doors, air bricks, and any openings.

  • Who will be responsible for the rubbish and the old boiler?

    Finally, ask who is responsible for getting rid of any rubbish after the installation. Then, ensure that the engineer has filled in the page on the manufacturer’s instruction book. You will use this booklet to keep a servicing schedule and it also ensures that your warranty remains valid.

The Best Boiler For You

If you need a new boiler, there are plenty to choose from. However, installing a new boiler isn’t cheap. A typical combination boiler could cost between two to three thousand pounds including labour. Therefore, choosing the best boiler for you and the needs of your household is important.

Think about the type of boiler

Firstly, you should think about the type of boiler you need in your home. For example, think about where you live.

Specifically, are you a couple living in a flat with one bathroom? Or are you part of a large family with multi bathrooms and other people wanting to use it at the same time? Chiefly, how you use your central heating and hot water will determine what you need from a boiler.

For this reason, large families are likely to use lots of hot water so a conventional or system boiler might be more appropriate.

Alternatively, smaller households are likely to use less heating and hot water. Therefore could be better off with a smaller combi boiler.

  • System Boiler

A system boiler is like a conventional boiler, but it requires more heating components. System boilers take up less space as they don’t need a tank in the loft. Therefore they can be easier to install. However, with more components, there are more parts to repair.

  • Combi Boiler

A combination boiler, or combi, is usually the most compact version because it doesn’t need hot water cylinders or a tank. Therefore combi boiler installation is usually quicker.

  • Conventional Boiler

With a conventional boiler, you will need a hot water tank or cylinder where the hot water is kept. This is normally a hot water tank in the loft. Gallons of water can be heated, stored, and readily used.

Think about the brand of boiler

Secondly, when considering what type of boiler you should go for, think about the brand as well.

  • Worcester Bosch

These are considered by many to be the best boiler brand available. In fact, they currently have the ‘Which’ Best Buy award for their Greenstar Gas and oil boiler range.

The brand has oil, combi, system, and regular boilers, and the warranty ranges from 5-10 years. Their bestseller, the Greenstar I can be found in over a million UK homes.

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  • Valliant

Valliant is a premium brand and another Which? Best Buy Award winner. Recently, their EcoTec range had become their most popular product line.

They offer a 5-star boiler range for both small and large properties. Furthermore, the boilers come with a convenient app to control your heating anytime, anywhere. Additionally, a 5-year warranty which can be upgraded to 7 or 10 years.

Valliant boilers are a similar price to Worcester Bosch with their equivalent products.

  • Ideal

Ideal Boilers are a British manufacturer. They have grown into a large business over the last decade. Their warranty is straightforward offering 2 years for an Ideal Logic, 7 years for an Ideal Logic Plus, and 10 years for an Ideal Vogue.

Ideal Boilers are known as a premium brand but sit in the mid-range price. They tend to be up to 15% cheaper than Worcester Bosch if you use a local installer. It’s one of the best brands for small and affordable boilers.

Think about the size of the boiler

Next, you need to think about the size of the boiler you need.

For example, if you opt for a boiler that’s too small, you’ll find that your home isn’t fully heated. Or that it can’t supply enough hot water to meet your demands.

If you choose a boiler that’s too big, you’re like to produce more energy than you need which in turn, increases your bills and your energy use.

In that case, there’s no point in wasting energy, to say nothing of the expense this incurs.

Top 5 Boilers to Buy in 2021

To sum up, there are many different types of boilers and brands to think about.

The top 5 manufacturers are Worcester Bosch, Valliant, Ideal, Viessmann, and Baxi. But within these companies are different ranges you can choose too. It depends on your household needs and what you want. With this in mind, are you looking for A-class efficiency and the best eco boiler range? Do you need the best conventional boiler with plenty of storage for your large family? By the same token, is space at a premium and you need a well designed compact boiler to fit in with the rest of your home?

The best boilers are rated by their efficiency, price, warranty, and reliability. As well as customer reviews and feedback from engineers.

Top boilers at this level for 2021 include

  • The Viessman Vitodens 050 Combi Boiler: Rated A for energy efficiency, this boiler helps to reduce environmental impact. It works well with wireless thermostat controls and other modern technology. It is powerful, yet compact and easy to use.
  • The Ideal Logic and Combi boiler: Easy to install with a 7-year warranty, this boiler is part of an award-winning lineup and available in three different outputs. It’s a compact, low weight model.
  • The Valliant ecoTEC Plus system: Hand built in the UK with a wide range of heating control options including a smartphone app. High performance and precision heating to reduce fuel bills.
  • Baxi 600 Combi: A compact boiler that can fit inside a standard kitchen cupboard. Built-in the UK, it can be operated by an app through your phone or tablet.
  • Worcester Bosch Greenstar i System: With an A star efficiency rating, this boiler is great for small to medium-sized homes. It can also be used with solar panels for energy and cost savings.

Get Started with Your Boiler Search

With Get Me A Boiler, we can get you started with your boiler search today. Simply fill in the form on our website and let us know what you need. Our trusted engineers will then contact you and you can choose the best quote from that information. Our engineers are also happy to give you advice on the best boiler for your needs. There are no fees and no obligation. All boiler types are covered and all our engineers are from gas safe registered companies.

The Process of Getting a New Boiler With Us

If your boiler has stopped working properly or you have high heating bills, you should consider getting a new one.

There are many benefits to this. Firstly, you are caring for the environment. By replacing your old boiler with a more energy-efficient one, you are helping to reduce global carbon emissions.

Secondly, it’s not just the environment you’ll be helping. Over time, you’ll notice a saving in your energy bills as well. You could save up to £200 a year on your energy bills by upgrading to a new efficient system.

Thirdly, a new boiler with a good warranty is reliable and trustworthy. You can rest easy knowing that your home will be warm when you need it to be.

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Before the Installation

Before your new boiler is installed, you will get prices from different companies and try and find the best deal for your new installation.

Ask for a quote

When considering a new installation, there are varying prices depending on the type and brand of the boiler. And if you are using a local engineer, the cost of installing a new boiler can range from £1,000 to over £4,000. Often, installing a boiler can cost more than the boiler itself. Therefore it’s important to get a range of quotes, try to get at least three to ensure you’re paying a fair price from a qualified installer. You may be able to save money by choosing an engineer affiliated with the company that supplies your boiler.

The first step with Get Me A Boiler is to ask for a quote. Simply visit the website and fill in the form to get a quote. It’s an easy way to start.

A member of the team will ring and book an appointment

Your request for a quote will go through to a member of the team at Get Me A Boiler. They will then get in touch with you with various quotes. It’s up to you to pick the quote you want and then book an appointment. By simply using the online quote tool, you can get 10% off the price of your new boiler and install, along with a two-year servicing guarantee.

An engineer will come and look at your current boiler

After that, a gas safety engineer will visit your home to look at your current boiler. This is completely free and there are no obligations to buy there and then. At Get Me A Boiler, all our quotes are from local, trusted suppliers.

They will help and advise you on a new boiler

When the engineer is at your home, feel free to ask any questions. For example, they can advise you on the latest boiler systems or the most popular designs, or the best ones for efficiency. They can also advise you on the ideal boiler for your circumstances, depending on the size of your family or your home. If you choose a boiler that’s too big for your purpose, you will be wasting energy and money. If you choose a boiler that’s too small, it may not be able to cope with the amount of energy you need.

Finally, if you’re happy, go ahead and book the day and time for your new boiler to be installed. It’s as simple as that.

During the Installation

The day of your installation is an exciting one. If you are without heating or hot water, the installation can bring comfort and warmth to your home.

The engineer will turn up

On the day you have booked, the engineer will turn up. Make sure the room is clear where they will be working and that they have access to the boiler with enough space to take the old one out and replace it.

Replace your boiler

The engineer will remove your old boiler and put the new one in. It’s essential that this is only done by a gas safety engineer.

Show you how it works

New boilers are simpler to use than old ones. It may have a large digital display that is easy to follow. It could also be linked to smart technology, so you may have the ability to control your heating from your phone. However, it works, your engineer will talk it through with you.

Dispose of the old boiler correctly

Before the installation takes place, it’s a good idea to ask the heating engineer if they can dispose of the old one. Your engineer will be able to get rid of it according to regulations. You should never try to remove a boiler yourself, only a registered heating engineer can do this.

Give you the relevant paperwork

Before leaving, your engineer will fill in the relevant paperwork. The gas safety certificate provides confirmation that your appliance was installed by a qualified heating engineer. You will receive a copy in the post a few days after the boiler has been installed. Then, keep the certificate in a safe place.

After the Installation

Once your boiler has been installed, you will have to look after it. If you look after your heating system well, it will remain healthy and working for longer.

Get your boiler serviced

It’s very important to get an annual service. For landlords, this is a legal requirement and if neglected, it could lead to prosecution. For homeowners, it’s still highly recommended that your boiler has an annual service, even if it’s new. Furthermore, your warranty could depend on it. Without the annual service, your warranty is invalid and when it comes to emergency repairs in the future, it could cost thousands. Moreover, an annual service will pick up on any little problems to stop them from turning into large emergencies further down the line.

Maintain your boiler to prolong its life

Even with an annual service, there are things you can do to prolong the life of your boiler. This includes bleeding the radiators throughout the year. Another tip is to put the heating on in the summer for a while. If it’s off until winter, it could cause problems or blockages in the system at the point when it’s most needed. Finally, you could also insulate the pipes so they don’t freeze over.

What is the Gas Safe Register?

The Gas Safe Register is the only official gas registration body of gas businesses and engineers in the UK.

You may have heard of CORGI, but that’s gone and it’s now the Gas Safe Register.

By law, all gas businesses and engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. If they are not on it, they are working illegally.

A gas engineer can only have a license to carry out gas work if they have a valid and current qualification. All engineers get their license through a specific route of training and assessment. It works in a similar way to getting a driving license.

The Register is not a membership body or trade association. It operates on behalf of the relevant Health and Safety Authority for each region.

There are several main points to the Gas Safe Register. Firstly, it ensures that only engineers who are qualified can legally work on gas appliances. Secondly, it carries out monitoring inspections of all business on the register. This is to ensure compliance.

Thirdly, it investigates any gas safety complaints. A sanctions policy is then put into place where there is unsafe work or any breaches of the rules.

Additionally, the register raises awareness of gas safety issues with consumer campaigns. Also, it allows registered businesses to notify that they are compliant with building regulations.

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How to Check an Engineer is Gas Safe

It’s easy to confirm that your engineer is on the gas safety register.

On a visit to your home, they will be wearing an ID card. This ID card has their photo, name and date on it. There is also a serial number which is the number on the gas safety register. You can check it by visiting the gas safety register website and tapping in your postcode under the tab ‘check the register’.

This shows a list of registered engineers in your area. Find the name of your engineer and click on it. This will show their photo and a list of work they are qualified to carry out.

Even if all the details on the front of the card are correct, you should still read the back. Not all Gas Safe engineers can work with all types of gas appliances. On the back of the ID card is a full list of qualifications that the engineer holds. Along with an expiry date.

If the engineer at your door is not on the gas safety register, then legally, they can’t do the work. Any illegal work could lead to dangerous problems for you and possible fines or prosecution for them.

Alternatively, you can check a business is on the register by texting Gas and the business registration number to 85080. You will then receive a text back confirming whether the business number is on the register.

Additionally, you can also request a photo of the engineer to be sent to your phone. Providing the engineer has signed up to this. Following confirmation of an engineer’s registration, you will be offered the option to reply with Photo.

Do your Research and Look Around

You don’t have to choose the first engineer you come across. There are varying price ranges across different businesses.

Getting a new boiler or heating system is an expensive outlay. However, by replacing your old one with a more energy-efficient one, you could end up saving around £300 a year on bills.

For example, the manufacturer might insist that it is installed with a specifically affiliated engineer. However, you don’t have to continue with this engineer for the annual service.

In view of this, it could be cheaper to choose a local engineer from a local company. Not one from a big national supplier.

It’s completely up to you. There are thousands of local, independent companies and heating engineers offering an alternative to national providers. Although they don’t have the same advertising budget or reach, they may be able to offer a range of benefits.

Get a Quote with Get Me a Boiler

At Get me A Boiler, there is a very simple system to give you a choice and enable you to do your own research.

Simply head to our website and fill in a few details on the quote tool. Local trusted plumbers and engineers will then get back in touch with you, and it’s your decision which one to choose. All the engineers working with Get Me A Boiler are on the Gas Safety Register. Of course, you can still check their ID when they visit your home.

To sum up, by choosing a local provider, you could save money. Moreover, if you compare quotes from multiple local installers, you could save even more.

As local companies and traders focus on specific areas, it’s often the case that they have better availability. They may be able to get the job done quicker and at a more convenient time.

Additionally, by simply filling in the online quote tool, you can get 10% off the price of your new installation. Along with 2 years of free servicing and a free Hive smart thermostat. This offer is for a limited time only, so if you are considering a new gas installation, have a look at Get Me A Boiler today.

Finally, investing in a new boiler for your home is a big decision. Choosing an engineer to work with will come down to your priorities in terms of budget, warranty and choice of brand. Ideally, you could compare quotes from at least 3 different companies and see which one suits you. Each quote comes with a list detailing everything included in the service to give you a better idea of what you are paying for.

Replace your old heating system with an A-rated energy efficient one, and you could save up to £300 a year!*

*estimated saving when upgrading an old heating system to a newer, modern one

To Conclude

We hope that the guide to getting a new boiler has helped you decide and choose the new heating system that you are going to get for your home. If you still have any questions or queries or aren’t sure which one to choose, feel free to get in touch with us. Our team of engineers will be able to help you choose the best boiler for your home and your budget.

You can get a quote for your new installation here.