Making the decision to buy a new boiler can be tough. They come with a hefty price tag, and having one installed can prove a complicated process at times, too.
Before making the investment, it is important that you take into consideration the type of boiler that you need, the different brand options and the price.
Here are some tips to consider before having a new one installed.
Get a professional opinion
Even if you have noticed one or more signs that you need a new boiler, it’s best to ask for a professional’s view.
When you get an expert to look at your existing one, they will be able to tell you what size and type to go for next.
Just be aware that a good, reliable brand that they recommend could be costly, so make sure to ask them for a few suggestions. You could also take the time to check out the best and worst boiler brands online, as voted for by trusted heating engineers.
The different types of boilers
When you’re choosing the right boiler for your home, you will need to decide between a combi, system or conventional one.
Ideal for smaller properties, a combi boiler will heat water as and when you need it, which will eliminate the need for an external cylinder or tank and provide you with more space in the home.
A system boiler can supply hot water to more than one tap at a time, as they require a hot water cylinder for storing heated water. They are also relatively easy to install, as all the heating and hot water system components are built into the boiler itself.
Usually found in older properties, conventional boilers rely on both a hot water storage cylinder, as well as a water tank, so that they can provide large volumes of hot water across the whole house.
Average price of a boiler
Of course, boilers do not come cheap, so it’s essential that you assess your finances beforehand to figure out how best to afford it.
Depending on whether you are changing the type of the boiler or simply moving it, or using a small business, huge company, or sole trader to do it, costs can vary significantly. In 2020, fitted costs for a new boiler installation are approximately $2,000 – $4,500 for a combi boiler, £1,500 – £2,800 for a system, and $2,000 – $3,200 for a heat-only.
It can be hard to know where to start, so ensure that you do your research beforehand. Check customer reviews, recommendations and warranty length before making your decision.