Being the heart of your home, a boiler is something that is given very little thought. That is until it stops working. A broken down boiler can cause major disruption to your household, especially in the colder months where we rely on it for heating our homes. Can you actually predict when your boiler will need replacing? Not exactly, but there are some signs you can look out for, that might indicate its time to get yourself a new boiler before it leaves you living in an igloo while it’s replaced.
If you find your boiler making strange noises, like knocking or hissing sounds, then chances are you need to have it replaced. A Gas Safe engineer can determine this for you, and whilst parts can be repaired due to wear and tear through the years, sometimes it’s more cost effective to replace the boiler itself.
Constant repairs being made to your boiler are also another sign that you need to get a new boiler. Everyone should have their boilers serviced each year. Your engineer can advise of any recommendations at the time of servicing. If you’re having to call an engineer out to repair your boiler on more than one occasion, it may be time to look for a new boiler.
If you know your boiler is over 10 years old, you might want to spend time looking into updating the model you have. Whilst your current boiler may still work “perfectly fine” at the moment, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the most efficient. Technology changes all the time, and having a working boiler that costs you several hundred pounds extra to run every year over replacing it for a more efficient boiler, may not make sense.
A leaking boiler is an urgent engineer callout. Not only can this water damage your home, the leak can develop into a carbon monoxide leak, which can be fatal. Remember, carbon monoxide has no scent or taste, so you won’t know you have a leak until it’s causing an effect.
If the temperature of your water takes time to warm up, or runs scalding hot and freezing cold intermittently while you’re running your bath or shower, it’s likely you may need to replace your boiler. Not only is this dangerous as scalding water can cause severe burns, but you’ll spend twice as long running your bath or shower because of the fluctuations, which will cost more in water and gas.
If your radiators are taking their time to warm up, or aren’t warming up at all, these are both signs that you may need to replace your boiler. If you bleed your radiator and allow any air that’s trapped inside out, and try your heating again and they’re still only warm, chances are it’s time to make a purchase.
One of the most popular choices of boilers to have installed nowadays, is the combi boiler. They can be highly economical because they only heat the water you use. There is no need for a separate cold water tank which saves space. They work especially well if you have a smaller house or flat. They have less parts so can be installed much quicker. You shouldn’t run out of hot water because there’s no “tank” that is used up. In turn this means you have unlimited hot water.
Conventional boilers store your hot water in a storage tank or hot water cylinder. They can be switched on or off, meaning you heat the water in the cylinder/tank when you’re going to need it, and turn it off when you’re not.
Conventional boilers are suited for much bigger houses with more occupants needing to use hot water at the same time, for example with multiple bathrooms/showers. They also need more space, most of which is in the loft, for the cold water tank. The hot water is not on demand like a combi boiler and you’ll have to wait for the tank to heat up in order to use it. When that tank runs out of water, it also means you will need to heat it up again, before you use it.
System Boilers are good for very large homes. They require a hot water cylinder. Instead of a cold water feed and expansion tank, you have an expansion vessel inside the boiler. System boilers have fewer external components, and work very similarly to the conventional boilers.
This is an open ended question with several answers. It all depends on what option is best for you and your home. You can pay as little as £400 for a boiler, and up to around £3000. This obviously doesn’t include installation, which will be determined by the engineer you choose to install the boiler for you. Remember, it’s not the price which should lead your choice in boiler. Take into consideration things such as running costs, efficiency,
When you’re looking for any kind of service, you should reach out to a minimum of three professionals and discuss in depth what it is you’re looking for. Make sure you give all the information you can, so they can give you a comprehensive quote. This hopefully will stop any hidden surprise charges. Have the boiler installation engineer visit you at your home.
Make sure the engineer carries his/her correct credentials, which should involve a photo ID Gas Safe card. This part is important. By law, all engineers must register with the Gas Safe register in order to carry out work. These cards are re-issued yearly, so when checking your engineer’s card, make sure you check the dates are still valid.
Be vigilant on who you allow into your home, try and make sure there is more than one of you at home at the time the engineer attends to give you the quotation. If you’re not sure they’re who they say they are, do not let them in. Unfortunately, there are more and more rogue traders these days posing as genuine registered engineers, so check, check and recheck.
At Get me a Boiler, we specialise in installing boilers. Feel free to reach out to us, and we can visit you at your home to discuss your needs and provide you with a no obligation quote. We cover all types of boilers, and we only use Gas Safe Registered companies. So give us a call, or use the website.