It may well be time for a new boiler, but you should
never jump in wallet first and buy the first thing that is offered to
you. There is a lot to consider, and having a bit of background
knowledge could really help. So read this new boiler guide first, then
you will be in a much better position when you buy a new boiler!
Whilst there are a small number of exceptions to the rule, generally
all new and replacement boilers must be high efficiency condensing
boilers. Despite a slightly higher initial outlay, these new boilers do
have their benefits. Better for the environment, they can reduce Carbon
Dioxide emissions by up to 30%; even better for your wallet, they can
reduce heating bills by some 40%.
There are three types of
condensing boilers: conventional or traditional; system or combi. When
your boiler engineer carries out their inspection they will advise you
on the best choice for your property but as a rule, generally combi
boilers suit flats and apartments and traditional or system boilers are
chosen for larger properties with more space.
It is best to be fully prepared for the engineer's inspection visit as
you will be asked lots of questions. Answering these questions as fully
and accurately as possible will mean that the boiler selected will be
the very best choice for your property and lifestyle. Here are some
questions you might be asked:
1. What is your budget?
Decide how much you want to spend and stick to it. You may want to
consider finance options; look into these before the engineer's visit.
2. Where will the new boiler be situated?
Note that the new condensing boilers emit steam because the exhaust
gases are of a lower temperature. This could mean that you may want to
reconsider the location of your flue as it could prove a nuisance in
its present location.
3. What level of demand will there be on the boiler?
Think about how many people need to use hot water at the same time, for
example a larger family all getting ready for work or school at the
same time in the morning using more than one shower at any one time.
The engineer will need to make sure that the boiler is of a
specification that can cope with the demand that will be placed on it.
4. Do you have any plans to alter your property in the future?
If so you must let the engineer know because they could have an effect
on the choice of boiler. For example, if you are planning a loft
conversion then your engineer may steer away from suggesting a
conventional boiler as their expansion tanks require space in the loft.
If you are thinking about extending your property then it will of
course be necessary to take the additional space, its planned use and
potential increase in demand into consideration.
Think about Alternatives
A solar heating system can provide a reasonable share of domestic hot
water energy. Solar heating is often considered expensive but if it is
combined with a new boiler installation then the costs can be cut
substantially and the long-term savings on fuel bills, as well as the
knowledge that you are contributing to the welfare of the planet,
suddenly become a realistic option.
What you should ask the Engineer
You should never be afraid to ask your engineer as many questions as
you need to give yourself peace of mind. Here are some examples to get
- Are they CORGI registered?
- Are they fully insured and is their work guaranteed?
- Can they provide testimonials from satisfied customers?
- Are they a well established business?
- Do they offer a dependable after sales service?
- Do they offer a reliable service and maintenance programme?
they give you a full written quotation including parts, labour and the
precise details of the boiler (make, capacity and efficiency) to be
A boiler is a large purchase and an
investment for the future yet many people fail to grant it the
consideration they would when buying, for example, a new car.
you are in the market for a new boiler then take your time, study this
guide and never be afraid to ask as many questions of your chosen
engineer as you like. A boiler has an important job to do so make sure
your decisions are made wisely so that it carries on doing its job for
years to come.
Article provided by City Gas Plumbing and Heating Services