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Top Tips for buying a new boiler

You’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and invest in your new boiler.  It may be that your boiler has broken down beyond repair or it may be that you are looking to get a new energy efficient boiler to reduce your gas bills.  Either way, this means saying goodbye to your old inefficient boiler and saying hello to a brand new A Rated model.

Of course, making the decision to buy a new boiler is one of those expensive capital outlays that you don’t make every day.  Choosing the right boiler for your budget and your home can be a minefield to say the least.  This is particularly the case with so many different makes and models available on the market.

As a general rule, if your boiler is in excess of ten years’ old, even if it seems to be working well, it could be time to invest in a newer A-grade high efficiency model.  Here at My Plumber, we’ve come up with some top tips and advice to help you successfully choose your new boiler.

Budget
For most people, budget dictates our choices.  Therefore, it is important to be clear about what you can afford.  The price of the boiler will depend on several different things: the brand, the type and also what size boiler you need for your property.  At My-Plumber, we periodically have offers on to help you save money on your boiler installation and we are also able to offer Interest Free Credit on your boiler installation.

Do your research

There is a wealth of information on the internet.  You can look up boilers of interest and research manufacturers of boilers to see if there is any one brand of particular interest.

Get a quote

It’s always good to get a quote for your new boiler.  Make sure that the plumbing company you use is Gas Safe registered and has enough insurance to cover any damage which could occur.  It is usual for companies to have around £5 million cover so ask to see a copy.   Also, just to be sure, you can check the company’s registration with the Gas Safe site:  http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/help/check_an_engineer.aspx.   Use of subcontractors is fine as long as the company has really checked the engineers credentials.  Make sure that your company has carried out all the proper checks.

What type of boiler?

From old back boilers and sealed system, gravity and combination boilers what type of boiler is suitable for your property will depend on a number of things.   Combination boilers – more commonly referred to as ”combi boilers” – are a popular choice. Whatever make and model you choose, today’s modern boilers are far more energy efficient than the old back boiler you would have fitted behind the fireplace years ago. To boost your system, you could also look at having a megaflow fitted.  This is a high pressure cylinder which stores more hot water than a normal cylinder and increases the pressure to your taps – so you will have a nice full pressure shower.

Boiler offers and boiler scrappage scheme discounts

For most people, cost is going to be pivotal when it comes to buying a new boiler. So it’s worth looking to see if you are eligible for any Boiler Scrappage Schemes.   At the present time, the My Plumber Boiler Scrappage Scheme means that you will get £400 in return for your old boiler.  This will help with the installation costs. Visit the Energy Saving Trust to see whether you qualify for any type of discount or grant.

Choose your installer wisely

Ask friends and family for recommendations where possible or use independent companies such as Trustpilot to research the plumbing company you are considering using.   Always use a professional qualified heating engineer. So make sure they are Gas Safe registered – and check their credentials.

If you can look beyond the initial expense, installing a new energy efficient boiler is a worthwhile investment, not least because a new boiler can help reduce your central heating bills by up to 40%. Which, according to the Energy Saving Trust, could see you achieve an annual saving of up to £225.

My Plumber is a Gas Safe registered central heating installation company based in West London.  Call My Plumber for a free estimate on 02030785920. or email: services@my-plumber.co.uk

 

Top Tips for buying a new boiler

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