A boiler is very important and whether you live in Kent or Edinburgh, it is probably not something you can live without. Boilers are also an expensive investment, so it makes sense to think very carefully about your requirements before you splash out on a new one.
Most people make the decision to buy a new boiler when the old one has broken down. However, before you rush out and buy a new one, make sure there really is no life left in the old girl. It is not unheard of for disreputable heating engineers to claim your old boiler is beyond repair in the hope that you will pay them to fit a new one. If you have been told a repair is not economic or the boiler cannot be fixed, get a second and even third opinion before you commit to spending a lot of money on a replacement appliance.
The Cost of a Replacement Boiler
Boilers vary considerably in price and some are a lot more expensive than others. However, the old saying that you get what you pay for is very true in this instance and whilst you can probably pick up a cheap boiler for around £500, it is unlikely to be a top quality piece of machinery. Always buy the best and most energy efficient boiler you can afford. A quality brand such as Worcester might cost more than a budget brand, but you will end up with a boiler that lasts a lot longer and is more reliable.
Replacing a boiler is not always as simple as it first appears. If your existing boiler is older than the Ark, you will probably find that some of the pipe work needs to be replaced, and if you are switching to a combi boiler, the hot water tank will have to be removed. Remember to factor these costs in, as it can add to the overall bill.
One of the main reasons why people choose to upgrade their old boiler to a shiny new one is because of the long-term savings that can be made. Older boilers are rarely very economic to run, so switching to a new energy efficient boiler is likely to save you money on your energy bills in the long run. However, it is going to take time before you are able to recover the cost of installation by way of cheaper energy bills, probably around seven years at best.
The older and more energy inefficient your old boiler was, the more savings you will make on your annual gas or oil bill, and if the property is let out, your tenants will see their fuel bills reduce accordingly.
Good After-Sales Service and Insurance
The advantage of buying a quality brand of boiler is that you get better after-sales service. As an example of this, if you invest in a new Worcester boiler, it will come with a five year warranty, so in the event of any problems, all you have to do is call up the Worcester boiler specialists like Cannon Services and arrange a free service call.
Once you have installed a new boiler, make sure you have it serviced annually. This will eliminate lots of problems and ensure it is safe to use at all times.
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