Buying a new boiler often comes with a lot of stress. Being without heating and hot water can be tough, particularly when in the colder months.
It can be difficult to decide which boiler is right for your home or business in order to help increase energy efficiency and reduce costs.
At Lacey Plumbing & Heating, we are dedicated to helping our customers choose the right boiler for their home or office and to install their new boiler in a timely and professional manner.
Our experienced heating team are on hand to assess your current heating system and provide expert advice on which boiler is right for you.
Our 2022 guide to buying a new boiler will help you to run through the steps you should take before making a purchase.
Why should I buy a new boiler?
There are 2 main reasons why you might want to buy a new boiler:
- Your current boiler is broken beyond repair
- Your current boiler is losing efficiency and costing you more than it should do
If you need a new boiler, you’ll want to source one that is effective, well suited to your home and general usage and will save you money in the long run.
A boiler will begin to decrease in efficiency after around 8-9 years, likely leading to your heating costs increasing.
After all this time, your boiler will also be more prone to faults and you’ll have to factor in regular, costly repairs to keep you warm throughout the year.
Buying a new boiler allows you to benefit from lower heating costs, whilst also preventing persistent, high-cost repairs.
It has never been a more important time to get expert advice on buying the right boiler with energy prices increasing.
You want to ensure that you’re making the right choice, which will save you money.
When is the best time to buy or replace a boiler?
This may be obvious, but the best time to buy a new boiler and replace an old one is in the warmer, summer months.
This is because you may have to go a few days without any heating or hot water when your boiler is changed. This can be even longer if your boiler breaks suddenly and you’re searching for the right installer and new boiler.
It’ll have less of an impact in the months where your home is already relatively warm.
Often however, people do consider buying a new boiler in the colder months as lower boiler efficiencies become more noticable.
No matter what time of year, our Gafe Safe heating engineers can facilitate your needs and get you up and running with a brand new boiler. We can sometimes even fit boilers next-day if the need arises.
Which type of boiler should I buy?
This is the area that will require the most thought. Choosing the right type of boiler for your home is crucial to improving efficiencies and lowering costs.
We’ll run through the different types of boilers that you can have in your home and help to guide you towards the most suitable one.
Not only will you have to consider what type of boiler is right for your heating and hot water requirements, you’ll need to put some thought into what brand of boiler you’d like to have installed.
Worcester Bosch, Ideal and Baxi - these are just 3 of the leading brands of modern boilers. Don’t worry though, we can help you choose the most suitable boiler based on your needs, home and budget.
Combi boilers are typically the most popular in the UK. They are currently the most modern and compact form of boiler for your heating system. They are therefore a common choice amongst buyers and installers.
If you are looking for:
- On demand hot water;
- Instant heating;
- A smaller system with no need for tanks or cylinders;
- A system that will power only 1-2 bathrooms;
… then a combi boiler is your best option.
A system boiler is the option those with a larger home typically choose. It can handle high demand if you have 2 or more bathrooms due to it storing hot water in a cylinder.
You may have to wait at times for your hot water cylinder to fill however, and of course you’ll need the storage space for the cylinder and tank too.
A regular boiler, often called the conventional boiler, is commonly found in older properties. This system isn’t often used anymore due to the need for extensive pipework to connect to the mains.
If you still aren’t sure about what boiler you need for your home, or have another system in mind, we are happy to chat through your options with you.
What checks should you do when buying a new boiler?
When buying a new boiler and paying for a new installation, you’ll want to be certain that you’re getting the best deal and the best service. Once you’ve set your budget and have an idea of which boiler you want for your home, there are a few other checks that you should do:
Check the manufacturer warranty
Your chosen boiler will have warranty from its manufacturer; this does mean however, that the length and terms of this will vary between brands. It is worth checking what guarantee you have with your chosen boiler manufacturer and registering with them asap to avoid losing out.
Worcester Bosch offers a 12 years boiler guarantee when fitted by a Worcester Accredited Installer, like the team at Lacey Plumbing & Heating.
Ideal offers a 12 years boiler warranty when installed by an Ideal Max Accredited Installer such as ourselves.
Baxi offer 10 years boiler warranty.
Check the certification and reviews of your boiler engineers
It is so important that you check that your boiler engineer is fully accredited and knowledgeable on installing boilers. Luckily, our heating engineers at Lacey Plumbing & Heating are experienced and have installed all types of boiler systems and brands.
You should check that your boiler engineers are:
Gas Safe registered (they should have a Gas Safe ID card to prove this)
Experienced in installing your chosen brand of boiler
How much does a new boiler cost to buy and install?
Buying a new boiler and having it installed will vary hugely in cost. You’ll need to factor in these elements when considering costs:
The type of boiler you want;
Whether this system will require extensive pipework;
How easily accessible your home is for boiler installation (e.g. transporting and installing a large tank);
How large the heating system will be (system boiler installation is typically more expensive);
Whether any old equipment will need to be removed and disposed of.
Don’t worry too much about the above however; at Lacey Plumbing & Heating, we will talk you through your best options whilst keeping your budget in mind. We also offer new boiler pay monthly finance options, so you can pay monthly for your boiler installation which is often much more manageable for people.
New boiler installation quote
You can use our quick and easy boiler installation quote tool to get a better idea of what a new boiler may cost you. Otherwise, get in touch with our team to learn more about the boiler installation options we offer.
Buying a new boiler with Lacey Plumbing & Heating
Buying a new boiler is a big task. Luckily, our team is available to help you and to guide you through the whole process, from decision making to completed installation.
Whether you are in the early stages of considering having a new boiler installed or are sure of what you need already, our friendly team are here to help.