When’s the Right time for Boiler Replacement?
Is your central heating system lagging in performance? Feel obligated to improve the overall heating efficiency of your home? If this is the case then it certainly is time to think about getting your boiler replaced.
An inefficient boiler not only keeps your home cold but also drains your finances with high bills. The key is to get maximum heating on minimum energy bills which cannot be achieved without a properly functioning gas heating boiler.
Present day boilers are more efficient as compared to their predecessors built almost a decade ago. If your boiler is 10 to 15 years old, it probably is not efficient enough and should be replaced with a newer model. About a decade back gas heating boilers didn’t have the type of heating controls as they do today. With the help of these modern heating controls that are installed with the boiler, you can now precisely control the heating of the area you desire. Targeted heating of a particular area inside your home will improve the heating quality and reduce your bills.
Before you sign a contract for boiler replacement with any installer there are some factors that need to be considered:
Know Exactly How Much You Would Be Saving
Most boiler installer companies claim a saving of about £270 to £310 per year on bills after the installation of a new gas boiler. Statistically these figures are for houses with the oldest boilers that are least efficient, and have three-bedrooms.
A new boiler doesn’t require repair work which means you will be able to save a lot. Old boilers constantly need repair work, which puts tremendous pressure on your finances. It therefore makes sense to opt for a new heating system than to continue with the old.
Old Boilers and their Repairing Problems
As the boiler becomes older, replacement parts become scarce. This gradually raises the prices of these parts making the repair process a lot more expensive and lengthy. Old boilers even in working condition can never be as efficient as the new models. This makes it more important for you to realise that you finally need to replace your old boiler with a new and more efficient system. This will directly impact the overall performance of the Central Heating System. So, from financial point of view it doesn’t make any sense to spend your hard earned cash on boiler repairs almost every year, therefore, it is better to replace the boiler and stop spending extra money on repairs.
Keeping your boilers in top shape requires annual servicing. Most installers offer boiler servicing on low rates. Getting your boiler serviced maintains its efficiency and prolongs the lifespan.
It is highly recommended that in order to avoid repairing expenses, it is better to opt for an equipment service. Be sure to call an experienced installer company for the servicing of your central heating system. It isn’t very expensive provided no replacement parts are required. So to avoid long term expenses, getting your boiler serviced annually is a better option.
So when is it Actually Time to Replace Your Struggling Boiler?
Normally boilers last for about 10 to 15 years, and if your gas heating boiler is reaching that age then it is time to plan ahead. A boiler that has lasted for a decade needs to be replaced in order to improve the heating quality on low energy bills.
Which Type of Boiler Should You Prefer?
Once it has been decided that you require a new boiler, the next step is to decide which one. You might have a conventional boiler but replacing it with the similar type may not be a good idea as technology changes in 10 years. Combination boilers, commonly known as Combi boilers are a major hit and preferred by everyone these days. If you have a small to medium sized residence then a combi boiler will serve you best. Combi boilers make it possible for consumers to get space and hot water in multiple taps at the same time.
Also, the modern models are condensing boilers – a type which did not exist a few years back. So when you buy a new boiler make sure it’s a condensing boiler.
Having your boilers insured is another safety that needs your attention, as it will save you from unwanted expenses in future. Also ensure that the installer company offers aftercare and servicing.
While these new boilers are highly efficient they lack the durability, so in order to keep them running, an annual service is necessary.
Does the Difference in Prices Matter?
Over a period of ten years the prices of boilers have doubled and this might seem a bit odd to you since you bought a boiler far lesser in prices than the ones you see today. Boiler prices keep stacking up due to the radical technological advancements. The boilers that you see today practically didn’t exist a decade ago. These systems are more fuel efficient and help reduce carbon emissions. The concept of reduction of CO2 did not exist some 15 years back which is why there is an obvious difference in prices today.
You cannot compare the old prices with today’s market which is why it is advised to get the best boiler which meets all your requirements without worrying about the price tag.
The average price of an A-rated condensing boiler is about £1,000 which may vary depending on the installation of accessories such as installation fee (£500), system flush (£300), filtering (£100), condensate drain pipe or pump (£100 to £250), radiator valves (£20/radiator) and thermostats/controls (£150).
Getting Proper Installation
Getting proper installation requires:
- An Independent Installer
- An Energy Provider
If you get boiler installation from energy providers you may not get the best prices but they do offer aftercare packages and with an independent installer you can negotiate the installation cost.
It is also a good idea to talk to heating experts and different installers to compare the prices before taking the final decision.