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What Boiler Should You Choose?

What type of boiler you need when it comes to replacing your boiler, can make your head spin with the choices on offer. Heating technology is evolving every single day. So, what seemed like a good boiler last month, may already be overtaken by another today. With all the choices available, choosing can seem like a daunting task. So what boiler should you choose?

When Should You Replace Your Boiler?

Because you don’t really have many dealings with your boiler, people don’t realise that there is a guideline for replacing your boiler every 10-15 years. This depends on the make and model of your boiler. As well as the condition or issues you make have had with it. 

Boilers are built to last, however, they do become less efficient as time goes by. And whilst your boiler may seem perfectly fine, you could be racking up costs elsewhere such as increasing energy bills. The best way to think of your boiler is like a car. When they’re brand new they’re ultra-efficient, run perfectly, and are serviced every year to keep it working at its optimal performance.

When it comes to the best time of year to replace your boiler, it is wise to consider replacement in the spring or summer months. The chances of you relying on your boiler for things such as heating are much less. It’s also a time Gas Safe Engineers are more likely to have availability. Meaning your new boiler will be installed and ready for the winter months when you’ll be wanting to stay toasty warm.

Do I Need a New Boiler?

A broken boiler can be an incredibly stressful time for many reasons, but a broken boiler is something you need to have investigated as early as possible. Not only because boilers operate using gas, but also because the sooner you deal with the issue, the more chance there is of a repair than a replacement. The first thing you need to figure out is whether your boiler needs replacing or repairing. 

Bad Smells

Boilers should never emit any kind of smell, so a foul odour coming from your boiler needs assistance from an engineer and quickly. A sour scent can be a sign of a gas leak. Contact the Gas Emergency Services on 0800 111 9999.

Blue Flame has turned yellow

If your boiler flame has changed in colour from bright blue to yellow, you need to call an engineer immediately. This needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency, as a yellow flame can indicate a malfunction involving carbon monoxide. It’s important to deal with the situation right away, as Carbon Monoxide is odourless and tasteless, and can be fatal.

Your Boiler is Leaking

A leaking boiler isn’t always a definitive sign that your boiler needs to be replaced, it does, however, need to be investigated by an engineer as soon as they can. Some components in a boiler could perish and if left unresolved, this can lead to rust and corrosion. Leaking water can also cause structural damage to your home, so having an engineer take a look as soon as possible is advised.

Who Should Install My New Boiler?

Any gas work which needs to be carried out must have an engineer who is listed on the Gas Safe Register here. The engineer you choose should be able to show you their gas safe card. The Gas Safe ID card shows the valid dates, the Gas Safe hologram, what they’re competent to carry out, and an image of the engineer themselves. 

If an engineer is unable to produce their Gas Safe card, it is important not to have them carry out any work to your home. The chances are the work will not be completed to the standard that is required. However, it is illegal to pay someone to carry out this work who is not Gas Safe registered. 

This could also result in the work having to be redone by a Gas Safe Engineer, so can end up costing far more than it needs to. And any work carried out by someone who is not Gas Safe registered will also likely invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty. 

Types of Boilers:

– Combination Boiler, or “Combi” boiler as they are also known as 

– System Boiler

– Conventional Boiler

The choice of boiler depends on certain factors. Such as the size of your home and the occupants and whether there are multiple bathrooms. A Combi Boiler probably wouldn’t be the most beneficial boiler to have installed in say, a 5 bedroom home with 5+ occupants and multiple bathrooms. Whereas a small 2-3 bedroom home with a 4 person family and one bathroom or a one or two bedroomed apartment may be ideal.

Space is also an important factor to consider, Combi boilers are small and efficient, and have all the working parts installed inside the boiler itself. There is no need for a water feed tank, and it provides instant hot water on demand. A Conventional boiler however takes up much more room. This is because it needs to have a hot water tank, or cylinder installed. This is normally located in a loft or an airing cupboard. A Conventional boiler needs to heat the water before it can be used. This means you would need to program your boiler to facilitate your needs. Or turn the boiler on when you know you want to use it.

How Much Should My New Boiler Cost?

How much did you want to spend? This is an open question and many factors have to be taken into consideration. Such as how big is your property? How many people live in the property? What type of boiler have you decided to have installed? And how much are the costs for installation?

For the boiler alone, prices range from as little as £450 up to around £4500. Installation costs are normally much higher than the cost of the actual boiler itself, so make sure to obtain more than one quote, as some companies charge much higher than others. 

Take some time to obtain different quotes, as different companies have different extra features such as servicing included for periods of time, or Hive Smart Home accessories. Make sure to be careful not to choose the first company or engineer you come across. Ensure you do your research.

To Conclude: What Boiler Should You Choose?

There are pro’s and con’s to each individual boiler on the market. And what is the perfect boiler for your neighbour won’t necessarily be the perfect boiler for you. Ask for advice from friends and family or your neighbour, but do the research yourself too.

Investigate different makes and models you’d like installing depending on the type of boiler you want installed. Ask engineers to visit you in your home to assess which type of boiler you would benefit most on. Engineers visits are normally free of charge. There’s no better person to obtain advice or information on boilers than the engineers who install them.

Be careful not to choose your boiler solely on price, whether that be the cheapest or most expensive. When you’re deciding on a boiler, it’s not always the most expensive that’s the best. It’s what’s best for you and your home, not best on the market that counts. There is such a large market for boilers. You must figure out the type of boiler your home will need before you start shopping around. And it really does pay to shop around. 

At FixLink boilers, we will help you choose the best boiler for you and your home. Mark, our Gas Safe Registered Engineer, will be able to advise you.

You can contact us by filling out our form on our website.