Let’s be honest: a boiler failure is nothing short of a nightmare. A bleak future with no heat or hot water, as well as the job of locating a new boiler replacement, is seldom on anyone’s wish list. Choosing a new boiler is equally difficult – What is the cost of a new boiler? What kind of boiler do I require? What size is best for my property? Where can I locate the most affordable boilers? Arrgh… You’ll be thinking about boilers before you realise it.
Allow us to lead you through these turbulent seas, assisting you in making the best selections and providing an estimate of what to anticipate in terms of the all-important cost of a new boiler installation.
Is it time to replace your boiler?
Boiler replacements aren’t all made equal. If your boiler is spewing smoke, producing unusual banging sounds, or refuses to turn on, you’ve probably figured out that it’s time to replace it.
However, there are other, less obvious indicators and factors to examine that may assist you in determining whether or not you need to repair your boiler.
- It’s better to bite the bullet and acquire a new boiler than to pay to have your old one fixed over and over.
- Your boiler is showing signs of wear and tear. While boilers have an average lifetime of 10-15 years, if your boiler was built more than 8 years ago, it is probable that it has lost some efficiency and it may be preferable to replace it before it breaks down. With a new and more efficient boiler, you’ll also be able to save money on your energy expenses.
- Location Location, location, location — Some boilers are installed in inconvenient areas of the home, and shifting a boiler may be rather costly. Upgrading your boiler to a more energy efficient model and installing it where you want it is sometimes a lot less of a problem. (Of course, within reason.)
- If your boiler isn’t generating enough hot water to heat all of your radiators while still allowing you to have a soothing bath in the tub, you’ll need a higher-output boiler and/or a hot water cylinder.
- Your outdated boiler is likely to have a poor energy efficiency rating (not A-rated) and will be costing you far more to operate than it should.
- If you want to sell or rent your house, an A-rated boiler will raise the energy rating of your home, making it more appealing to prospective buyers or renters.
- – Beware! – As your boiler ages, you run the danger of a gas leak or carbon monoxide poisoning. Even new boilers should be maintained and serviced by a Gas Safe professional once a year. Your yearly inspection, similar to that of a vehicle, will ensure that your boiler is operating properly, efficiently, and safely. Here’s some more information about boiler maintenance.
How much does it cost to replace a boiler?
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and the all-important cost of a new boiler now that we’ve warmed you up (sorry).
Replacing a boiler, perhaps, does not engender much ‘buyer excitement.’ A new mop packs more of a punch than a new automobile or that new jacket you’ve had your eye on for a long time… However, a running, efficient boiler is a must that will keep you warm for the next decade, so picking the proper decision is critical, and cost plays a significant role.
A boiler replacement is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, and pricing may vary based on your specific requirements.
In the table below, we’ve included some estimated prices for a new gas boiler. The statistics are based on national averages for a three-bedroom house and are subject to fluctuate depending on a variety of circumstances. The kind of boiler being installed is the first consideration. You’ve never had more options for a new boiler, with prices ranging from £400 to £3000 for different types and models.
Second, you must include the cost of installation when calculating the prospective cost of a boiler replacement. Heating engineers’ fees vary, much like the cost of a boiler.
The following factors might influence installation costs:
- The kind of boiler that has been installed. (Like-for-like replacement will be less expensive than a total heating system replacement.)
- Whether you’re relocating the boiler to a different part of the home
- Rates for installers (Installers in London are likely to be more pricey.)
The following is a rough approximation of costs you can expect for each boiler type, including the cost of the boiler and the labour costs combined:
- Combi Boiler – £1,000 – £3,000
- System Boiler – £1,000 – £3,500
- Conventional Boiler – £1,-000 – £3,750
Remember that the aforementioned figures are based on our best guesses, and as with any investment, obtaining quotations from various installers is essential. It’s also vital to keep in mind that only Gas Safe certified engineers should be contacted for estimates.
What to Look for When Buying a New Boiler
When it comes to selecting a new boiler, you’ll need to know the kind of fuel it uses, the boiler type that will best fit your house, and the boiler size (output rating) that will best meet your heating and hot water needs. (Remember that soothing bath we mentioned earlier?)
Identifying the kind of fuel used by your boiler
It’s self-evident, yet it’s still significant. In the UK, natural gas is used to heat most houses, but many of us are unable to connect to the National Grid and must depend on oil, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), or electricity to power our homes. If you have gas, you’ll have an energy provider and pay monthly bills; if you have LPG and are off the grid, your fuel will be brought to you and kept in a tank outside.
Electric boilers resemble gas and oil boilers in appearance, but they do not burn fuel. As a result, they don’t need a flue (a conduit that expels waste gases from a building), making them easier to spot.
If you’re not sure what fuel your boiler uses, look it up in the papers that came with it. A completely certified heating engineer, on the other hand, will be able to tell you.
Selecting a Boiler for Your Home
The next step is to pick the right boiler, which you have 3 options.
It all depends on the size of your home and how much hot water and central heating you need. All three have advantages and disadvantages, so consider about them with the aid of a heating expert before making a selection.
Choosing the Right Size of Boiler
The output rating of your boiler is more frequently recognised than the physical size of your unit. When shopping for a new boiler, it’s critical that you get this right.
The output rating is expressed in kilowatts (kW), with the greater the number, the more powerful the boiler.
Don’t mix greater power with better; you’ll need a new boiler with an output rating that meets your home’s heating and hot water requirements.
Check out our in-depth guide specifically about which size boiler is best for your home.
Getting the most for your money when purchasing a new boiler
If your boiler has unexpectedly died, the unexpected expense of replacing it, not to mention the financial load it entails, may be a pain in the neck. If you can avoid it, choosing the cheapest boiler on the market may end up costing you more money, and there are boiler financing alternatives to consider.
Finance To Cover The Cost of a New Boiler
Boiler financing allows you to spread the expense of a new boiler over a longer period of time. While some boiler financing packages are interest-free, interest rates may quickly rise in other situations, so carefully check the terms and conditions.
Some boiler manufacturers, energy providers, and heating experts offer boiler financing. Your credit rating will be reviewed as part of the application process to guarantee that you will be able to make the payments. Once authorised, the lender will cover the price of the new boiler, and you will repay them according to your pre-arranged payment schedule.
Finance options for boilers enable you to stretch the expense of your new boiler over a longer period of time.
Before you consider payment plans, you must first determine how much you should anticipate to pay. You’ll need a boiler installation quotation from a Gas Safe licenced engineer to achieve this. Remember that receiving just one quotation doesn’t guarantee you’ll receive the best deal. As a result, we advise obtaining prices from at least three different heating firms. When comparing prices, some of our clients saved more than 50%.
At Elite Group, we offer interest-free finance on boilers & installs with no upfront costs. You can contact us for a quote using our boiler quote form.
ECO3 Scheme – Government Grants
As part of the UK Government’s energy efficient scheme, homeowners in receipt of government benefits may be eligible for energy efficient upgrades to their properties including free boiler upgrades.
You can check your eligibility for the ECO3 scheme with Elite Group using our ECO3 eligibility checker. We have completed over 2000 fully-funded installs under the ECO3 scheme.