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6 Things to consider when choosing a new boiler

6 Things You Really Need to Consider Before You Buy a New Boiler.

Buying a new boiler is an expensive decision. Here are six things you should consider before you get your new boiler.

With a typical boiler installation costing anywhere from £2,500 to £5,000, you really need to make an informed decision, so here are six things you need to consider before you take that huge plunge and sign on the dotted line for your new boiler.

1 - Warranty, one of the biggest drivers in the decision making of most people is the warranty length and terms, the average manufacture warranty is 10 years, anything less really would be a compromise, just keep in mind that to keep the boiler within warranty it will need a service every 12 months, here at Crawley Gas Engineer, we issue you the first service for free.

2 - It's of the utmost importance to have a decent reliable boiler, It's quite simple really, the more reliable the new boiler, the less money you will end up shelling out on expensive repairs. The average cost of a boiler repair is over £200, which is quite an incentive to pick a reliable brand. If you choose a reliable brand of boiler like Vaillant, an impressive 63% are likely to still be fault free after six and a half years. But if you pick an unreliable brand, this falls to a disappointing 45%. So don't be left with cold showers in a freezing cold home, only pick a new boiler from one of the most reliable and best boiler brands. 

3 - Get your boiler engineer's opinion - but consider their answer carefully Your boiler engineer will be an invaluable source of information during the buying process. They will be able to guide you to make the best choice on the type and size of boiler you need.  However, what many people are not aware of is that many heating engineers are incentivised to install particular brands of boilers and some will only install boilers from particular brands.  Many heating engineers are incentivised to install particular boiler brands What this means is that if you are relying on your heating engineer to recommend a good reliable brand, you can't be sure they are just recommending a brand that benefits them rather than you. You also can't be sure their recommendation reflects the opinion of the majority of other heating engineers, or the reality of how reliable boilers are in people's homes. so here at Crawley Gas Engineer, we promise to offer every make and model of boiler on the market, and we quote every job as if it were our own home,   

4 - What types of boilers are there? Well there are three main types of gas condensing boiler to choose from, a combi, system and conventional heat only. 

A combination boiler, commonly known as a combi boiler, heats water as you need it and eliminates the need for a storage tank. 

A system boiler is just like a heat-only boiler, but more components are built in. This can make system boilers easier to install than conventional ones and they tend to take up less space.  

A heat only boiler is your standard traditional conventional heater that heats water up that in turn heats the stored hot water in the cylinder and also the radiators.

If you have a small house with only one bathroom or live on your own or with only one other person, a standard combi boiler without a hot water tank will usually be the best choice. If your home is larger or there are more than two people living in it, then a heat-only or system boiler is usually a better option.

Crawley Gas Engineer will be able to talk you through the different types of boilers and make a recommendation for the best choice in your home. 

5 - Choosing an efficient new boiler If you are replacing an old-style boiler with a modern gas condensing boiler, the good news is you are likely to save a decent amount on your energy bill.  The latest savings estimates suggest that if you live in a detached home and are replacing an old-style heavyweight boiler with a modern condensing boiler, you will be swapping average fuel bills of £1,705 for £1,053, a £652 saving. 

£652 is the estimated annual saving you can make on your energy bill by swapping an old style boiler for a modern one. If you already have a modern condensing boiler and are simply looking for a replacement, the good news is that they are all very energy efficient. Based on analysing all the gas condensing boilers available in the ranges of the biggest 11 manufacturers in the UK, which is more than 300 boilers in total, the difference in efficiency is minor.  Based on the efficiency calculated to an industry standard called ErP, the least efficient has a rating of Band A and the most efficient is Band A+ The average efficiency of all the boilers analysed is band A ErP

6 - What size boiler do I need? When picking the best size boiler for your home you should consider two things:  The heating and hot water capabilities of the boiler  The physical size of your boiler and whether it will fit in the space you have it destined for. The correct heating size of the boiler will be something unique to you and your home, as it depends on things such as how many bathrooms you have and how many people you live with. This is something Crawley Gas Engineer can help you with, and we will make sure you achieve your hot water and heating requirements. In our estimate and quotes we display each boiler's hot water and heating capabilities and give an indication as to what type of home it's suitable for. We also display the boiler's measurements, so that you can figure out if it will fit in the space you have for it.  

Hear at Crawley Gas Engineer we are here to help you choose the best boiler for your home and make sure you have plenty of choice within your budget.