Every appliance in your home will eventually run its course and wear out, from small devices like your microwave or Internet router to more bulky items like your fridge and TV. Keep in mind that your boiler system is no exception to this rule.
How to deal with boiler replacements
Many homeowners make the mistake of maintaining their tried and tested boiler by getting used to the occasional repair jobs to make the most out of their purchase. However, you shouldn’t wait until your boiler is unusable before you even think about replacing your current unit, because it could lead you to incur more expensive replacement costs in the future.
If you’re planning on replacing your boiler, here are three tips that you should keep in mind:
1. Look for quotes online
Many people in the UK still purchase and install boilers through local plumbers or canvassing quotes from different boiler companies. With the development of technology, however, new and old consumers are making the shift by looking for online sellers’ quotations. The estimation of your boiler’s needs is performed through photo sharing and video calls to relay your unit’s placement and specifications.
Purchasing a boiler through this method gives you a price estimate that’s accurate to your needs without waiting for several days for an appointment. This is especially useful if you can’t squeeze in the time to accommodate a boiler contractor to visit your home.
2. Compare your energy bills
Whilst on the hunt to find the right boiler to replace your current system, you should consider asking other people you know who have recently switched to a newer model. Compare your older bills with theirs and consider how your energy costs are related to theirs. It would be best if you consulted with a neighbour who generally has the same energy costs as you do to get a better result.
You should also consider if the extra features are worth the price. Some models have programmable thermostats, while others are compatible with weather compensations. Keep in mind that you should always adjust to your budget’s limitations instead of splurging on additional functions that you may not even need. Your priority is to buy an energy-saving appliance and not an item that can do five tasks at once.
3. Switch to a modern condensing boiler
If you’re using a boiler that’s close to over a decade and a half or older, there’s a high chance that it doesn’t have condensing technologies. Older boilers that don’t have this function lose their efficiency over time due to their internal components’ corrosion. This causes your unit to need multiple check-ups and replacements to keep up with newer models with less maintenance.
Purchasing a condensing boiler limits your energy use, which allows you to optimise your unit’s functions. Modern boilers are combined with smart controls, such as EPH and Nest Learning Thermostats, which improve your energy efficiency by adjusting to the right temperatures as needed.
There are many boiler units that you can purchase in today’s market. Your options range from storage combi boilers to open vent boilers. The key to knowing which one you should choose is by assessing your home’s needs while considering your budget’s limits.
At Adrian Plumbing and Heating, we perform professional boiler installation in Dartford for clients who are in need of their units being replaced. Get in touch with us today, and we’ll handle all your boiler’s needs, from system repairs to routine maintenance check-ups!