So, you’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and invest in your new boiler. It may be that your old boiler has broken down and is now beyond repair or it may be that you are looking to get a new energy efficient one to reduce your gas bills. Either way, this means it’s time to wave goodbye to your old faulty boiler and replace it with a brand new A-Rated model.

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Of course, making the decision to buy a new boiler requires some investigation work beforehand. Getting the right boiler for your budget and your home can quickly turn into a never-ending chore. This is exactly the case with many different makes and models available on the market.

As a general rule, if your boiler is more than ten years old, even if it seems to be working well, it could be the time to invest in a newer, A-grade high-efficiency model. In this article, we’ve provided you with some tips and advice to help you successfully choose your new boiler.

Top tips for buying a new boiler

No matter the brand you choose, there are a few things that you should always consider when buying a new boiler. Here is what you need to take into account: 

#1. Budget

For most people, the budget dictates their choices. Therefore, it is important to be clear about what you can afford. The price of the boiler will depend on several different factors: the brand, the type and also what size boiler you want for your property. 

#2. Do your research

There is a wealth of information on the internet. You can look up boilers of interest and research manufacturers of boilers to see if there is anyone brand of particular interest.

#3. Get a quote

It’s always good to get a quote for your new boiler. Make sure that the plumbing company you use is Gas Safe registered and that the insurance covers any potential damage. It is normal for companies to have around £5 million covers so ask to see a copy. Also, just to be sure, you can also check the company’s registration with the Gas Safe website. Use of subcontractors is fine as long as the company has really checked the engineer’s credentials. Make sure that your company has carried out all the proper checks.

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#4. Choose the type of boiler

From old back boilers and a sealed system, gravity and combination boilers, what type of boiler is suitable for your property will depend on a number of things. Combination boilers – also known as ”combi boilers” – are a popular choice. Whatever make and model you choose, today’s modern boilers are far more energy-efficient than older back options. To boost your system, you can also look at having a Megaflo fitted. A Megaflo system represents a high-pressure cylinder which is able to store more hot water than a normal cylinder and will increase the pressure to your taps – so you can have a nice, full pressure shower.

#5. Boiler offers and boiler scrappage scheme discounts

For most people, the cost is going to be pivotal when it comes to buying a new boiler. Pay a visit to the Energy Saving Trust website to see whether you are eligible for any type of discount or grant.

#6. Choose your installer wisely

Ask friends and family for recommendations where possible or use independent companies such as Trustpilot to research the plumbing company you are considering to use. Always use a qualified heating engineer. Make sure they are Gas Safe registered and check their credentials.

Although the initial expense can be a bit high, installing a new energy efficient boiler is definitely a worthwhile investment. It can help lower your central heating bills by up to 40%. Calculated in pounds, this means annual savings of up to £225.

Takeaways

  • An energy-efficient boiler is one of the best investments a homeowner can do. 
  • Don’t attempt to install the new boiler by yourself. Always trust an insured professional to do this for you.
  • Combination boilers, or “combi boilers” are a very popular choice nowadays.

Are you ready to replace your old boiler with a new one? With good research of the brands and types available on the market, you’ll surely make the right choice for your home. And the Fantastic Services team will be here to aid you on your endeavour. 

* This blog post was originally published on My-Plumber.co.uk website which is now part of Fantastic Services.

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  • Last update: August 27, 2019

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