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How To Choose A New Boiler

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Boilers become less efficient as they age and tt’s not easy choosing a new boiler. If you decide to upgrade your old with a completely new system, you should bear in mind that extra charges will apply.

The elements that affect the price of your new boiler include:

  • The type
  • The brand
  • The size
  • Replacement
  • The location of installation

But, do not worry, we are going to help you to do things cost-effectively. With our tips and some research, you can make sure to identify all the major key factors that are important when it comes to choosing a new boiler.

Before we go any further, if you have been experiencing any issues with your boiler, it is best to see if it is better to repair than replace.

Sometimes, all they require is a quick boiler service or an easy part replacement.

However, if your boiler is old, then one thing to consider is that repairs are just a quick fix and over time, the costs will add up and work to your disadvantage.

Sometimes a larger financial investment pays off in more ways than you can imagine.

New Boiler Costs

The cost of a new boiler is not a one size fits all and there are many variables which may impact the cost. As previously discussed, the brand and size of a boiler impact the price and removing the old will add additional costs.

Another important factor that affects the price is whether the new boiler is installed at the same location as your old one or a different place.

The labour rates charged by heating engineers will also vary based on what may be involved in the installation process.

The best way to start your research is to gather quotes from multiple companies. Many can offer a quick quote when you answer a few questions via their online enquiry form.

Some of these questions include:

  • The type of your property – Flat, Semi-detached, Detached etc
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Why you need a new boiler
  • Heating and hot water demands
  • Do you require a system upgrade

They will offer you the best possible option for your property based on your answers. The type of the new boiler depends on the size of your property, the system and the fuel type that you need to use.

But to make things easier for you, we will cover the three main types from which you can choose a boiler.

new boilerCombi Boilers

The majority of new boilers in the UK are now Combi because they are highly efficient and cost-effective. They heat water instantly whenever a tap or a shower is turned on and provide heat for the central heating. They eliminate the need for a tank because the water is fed and heated from the mains, so the pressure is generally better than traditional boilers. However, they are most suited to smaller properties with less hot water demands and can save you money since water is heated in small amounts only when you need it. The average price of a Combi can range from £500 to £2000 with an additional average of £500 to £1000 for labour cost.

Top benefits:

  • Compact size
  • Fewer pipes in the property
  • No need for a separate tank
  • No hot water cylinder
  • Increases living space
  • Rapid access to hot water and heating

System Boilers

A System boiler operates like a Combi because it takes water directly from your mains to heat your radiators. However, they also have an external part known as the cylinder, which they use to store the hot water they produce for your taps. The ability to store the water makes them a better option for a bigger property with more rooms and bathrooms that need access to a greater volume of hot water. If you are changing your system, make sure you have the right space for the new boiler and its hot water cylinder. The average price of a System boiler sits between £500 to £2,500 with labour costs between £500 and £1000.

More benefits:

  • No water tank
  • Fast response to heat your property
  • Multiple hot water outlets
  • Strong water pressure
  • Easy installation
  • Economical to run
  • Compatible with solar water heating system

Conventional Boilers

Conventional boilers are also known as regular or traditional need a cold water storage tank to feed the hot water cylinder and require the most space. However, they can provide the greatest amount of hot water throughout a property and are the best ideal option for large families. They are the most cost-effective new boiler for older properties that operate on conventional systems and can make the installation process quick. The price of a Conventional boiler is £500 to £3000, with an additional average of £500 to £1000 for labour cost.

Top benefits:

  • Best for properties with high hot water demand
  • Suitable in areas with low water pressure
  • Compatible with solar water heating system
  • Easiest options for properties with conventional systems

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