Installing a new boiler is a major undertaking. Not only is it an expensive purchase, but it will mean a few days of disruption while it’s being fitted. Even choosing a new boiler isn’t an easy task, as there are many competing brands on the market and the manufacturers are all keen to sing the praises of their particular models. Installers may attempt to talk you into a particular brand or package for their own advantage.
So how do you decide on the right boiler to meet your needs? We’ve put together three buying tips to help you pick your way through the maze of different brands and conflicting advice and end up with the boiler you really want.
1. Big-Name Brands
The boiler market is a pretty crowded one. Some brands like the Worcester Bosch boiler you’ll have heard of, while others you may be less familiar with. Make sure you do some research before buying a boiler replacement. You’ll find plenty of internet sites discussing user experiences, but look for independent ones – not just the maker’s own pages. A big name brand may cost you more, but it’s likely to repay the investment. Recent research by Which? revealed that around 68% of Worcester Bosch boilers purchased six years ago had yet to incur a single fault.
2. Stick to Your Guns
Once you’ve done your research and decided that you want a particular system such as a Worcester Bosch boiler, make sure you don’t get persuaded to have something else. Often installers will be offered incentives to sell a particular boiler brand and will try to steer you in that direction. If somebody is trying to push you into a deal or a brand that you don’t feel comfortable with, then have the confidence to stick with your original decision and say no.
3. Get the Right Package
When it comes to new boilers, they will all have good levels of energy-efficiency – certainly compared to any much older version you may have installed at present. However, make sure that you get a boiler that’s right for your needs. If the boiler is too big for your needs, then regardless of efficiency – you’ll still end up burning too much fuel. You also need to get the right type of boiler. You have to have a condensing boiler – that’s the law – but if you own a large house or have a big family and use a lot of hot water, you may be better off with a system boiler that has a separate hot water storage cylinder rather than a combi type that heats water on demand.