Most of us don’t give a second thought to replacing our boiler, because it’s not something that needs to happen very often (hopefully). So when the time does come for it to be replaced, it can seem very confusing. From the type of boiler to the make and model. Just like all other types of technology, heating technology has transformed over the last few years. In this article, Get Me a Boiler discuss which boiler is best for your home.
Most of the time, we don’t give our boiler a second thought, until it stops working. This can be an incredibly stressful time for many reasons. The first thing you need to determine is whether you need a new boiler, or whether it can be repaired. Some indications you may need your boiler replacing are:
A healthy boiler burns with a bright blue flame, so if your flame has changed to a yellow colour, you need to call an engineer immediately. It’s important to note the urgency, as a yellow flame can indicate a malfunction involving carbon monoxide. Carbon Monoxide is odourless and tasteless and can be fatal, so it’s important to deal with the situation right away.
While a leaking boiler isn’t always a sure thing that your boiler needs to be replaced, it does need to be seen by an engineer sooner rather than later. This could be from a perishable component that can simply be replaced, or it could lead to rust and corrosion. It can also end up causing structural damage to your home if left untreated, so have an engineer take a look as soon as possible.
Now the time taken to heat up your radiators shouldn’t be a matter of seconds. So if you’re cold and are expecting them to be toasty warm in 3.2 milliseconds, don’t assume that your boiler is on the blink. It can take a few minutes, but you should feel the warmth starting to come through. If they don’t seem to warm up, check your pressure first, maybe see if the radiators need bleeding if they’ve been off for some time. If all else fails, call an engineer. Chances are it’s time to have it replaced.
No boiler should give off any smell, so if you notice a foul odour coming from your boiler, it can be a dangerous sign. A sour scent could be a sign of a potential gas leak, so you’ll need to contact the Gas Emergency Services on 0800 111 9999.
Whilst you may want to try and save a few pounds by getting a “handyman” to install your boiler, it is in fact illegal. Unless that “handyman” is of course a Gas Safe Registered Engineer, which chances are they’re not.
In order to carry out any gas work, the engineer you choose must be listed on the Gas Safe Register here. You can check the credentials of the engineer you choose, and they should provide you with their gas safe card. This will show the valid to and from dates, the Gas Safe hologram, what they’re qualified to carry out, and also an image of your engineer.
If your engineer cannot provide this card, do not have them carry out any work. Not only will it be carried out illegally, more than likely it won’t be carried out competently. This may result in the work having to be redone anyway by a Gas Safe Engineer. It will also likely invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty.
So I’m sure most people just think “when it’s broken”, but actually there is a guideline. It is suggested that you should aim to replace your boiler every 10-15 years depending on the boiler and the condition or issues. Whilst many boilers may actually last longer than this timeframe, they could end up costing you extra money elsewhere, such as in repairs or in increasing energy bills. Remember as with anything, the older it gets the less efficient it becomes.
As for the time of year, it is wise to replace your boiler in the spring or summer months, where the chances of you relying on it are much less. Not only are you unlikely to use your radiators this time of year, it’s also a time for Gas Safe Engineers to be more likely to have availability. It also means that your new boiler will be installed and ready for the winter months when you’ll use it the most.
As the saying goes, “how long is a piece of string?”. This is such a varied answer and really does depend on many factors, the main ones being:
For just the boiler alone, prices range from a mere £450 up to around £2500. Installation costs are likely to be much higher than the cost of the boiler. Make sure to obtain more than one quote, as some companies charge much higher than others. Some companies can also offer discounts and extras such as servicing included for periods of time, or Hive Smart Home accessories, so it pays to shop around.
What type of boiler you go for, depends on the size of your home and the number of occupants. For instance, a 5 bedroom home with 5+ occupants and more than one bathroom, wouldn’t benefit from a combi boiler. Whereas a small 2-3 bedroom home with a 4 person family and one bathroom would find a combi boiler perfect.
It’s also worth noting that each boiler requires different amounts of space. Combi boilers are small and efficient. Having all working parts inside the boiler itself and no need for a water feed tank. It also means that you have instant, on-demand hot water.
Whereas a Conventional boiler takes up a lot more room, needing to have a hot water tank or cylinder. Ideally, this would be located in a loft or an airing cupboard. However, you would need to heat up the water before it can be used. This means you need to either set up a program to facilitate your needs. Or turn the boiler on when you know you want to use it.
There are pro’s and con’s to each individual boiler on the market, and the right boiler for your neighbour won’t necessarily be the right boiler for you. Take some time to investigate which make and model you’d like installing and ask engineers to visit you in your home to assess which type of boiler you would benefit most from.
While it may be some people’s prerogative to go as cheap as possible, or most expensive must be best, this is not the case when it comes to boilers. There is such a large market for boilers, that having an assessment carried out and the right boiler installed, will save you money in the long run.
If you need a new boiler for your home, you should get in touch with Get Me a Boiler. All of our engineers are Gas Safe registered, so you can be rest assured that you will have the best boiler installation.
You can call us on 0800 292 6072.