When should I replace my boiler?

On a yearly basis, householders spend as much as 55% of their total bills on their boiler and heating which adds up to a lot of money when you take into consideration a generous portion of UK homes still contain an inefficient boiler over 15 years old, which is costing extra in wasted energy. Although there is a world of spares available for repairs, yearly call outs can quickly add up and it can be vastly more cost effective to upgrade your boiler to a modern combi boiler; designed to heat your hot water as you require or a system boiler and an up to date hot water cylinder with improved insulated liner. These changes can have a great effect on your energy bills and a new A rated efficiency boiler is guaranteed to use less energy than your old boiler to produce the same amount of warmth.

So when should you consider replacing your boiler? We recommend upgrading your boiler when;

  • Your current boiler is over 20 years old
  • You have had regular call outs to repair your current boiler
  • The cost of repair exceeds the cost of a new boiler
  • When replacing your boiler it is important to look at all options available, there is a wide range of boilers to suit just about all requirements from small Heat Only boilers handling just your central heating system to extensive Combination Boilers which can handle both your domestic hot water and central heating system individually or simultaneously and a range of Flue positioning possibilities depending on the space you have available.
  • It is also essential to look at the warranties and their terms included with a new boiler, many manufacturers have now included 'clean clauses' which entail draining central heating systems and flushing through with a power flushing machine prior to installation and finishing the install with an inhibitor chemical designed to protect the system. These clauses will be checked when claiming against a warranty so it is even more important to work with your installer and future service engineer to keep a written record of cleaning and flushing carried out and the chemicals added.
  • Choosing an installer to fit your new boiler can be a tricky decision, your energy supplier will have options for installation however their range of boilers may be reduced to their preferred brands and their package installation will include bundled extras such as annual servicing or internet controlled heating such as Hive or Nest which can increase the overall cost whereas a self employed engineer will be able to offer a broader range of boilers depending on your preferences and their experience usually at a lower cost than the former with optional extras.
  • After installation of your new boiler it is vital you keep up to date with annual servicing and follow the basic care instructions such as keeping ventilation clear to prevent central heating problems occuring in the future and reduce the amount of call outs you might require, it will also form the basis of any claim you need to make against manufacturer warranties should anything go drastically wrong. It may also benefit the household to upgrade basic heating replacement parts such as thermostats and thermostatic radiator valves to ensure the whole system runs to maximum efficiency.
  • Learning to understand your boiler doesn't need to take becoming a fully qualified engineer but it is helpful when recognising the warning signs of potential errors and faults and being able to make an informed decision whether a repair or replacement would better suit your requirements with the assistance of an engineer.
  • Of course, for all your heating parts, gas spares or oil requirements, Heat Group Supplies are more than happy to offer assistance and are proud to keep over a hundred thousands lines in stock.

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