At some point everyone will require a new boiler, as like everything they have a lifespan and eventually start to fail. A well-maintained boiler will efficiently burn fuel despite losing some heat in the gasses that escape through the flue. Condensing boilers can be considered more efficient as they have bigger heat exchangers so they are able to use up more heat and send cooler gasses up through the flue, some of the gasses produced are so cool that they condense out and more energy is recovered allowing them to be even more efficient.
Things to Consider When Replacing a Boiler
Below are a few things our team at ProTecBoilers believe are worth considering helping you to choose the right boiler for you and your property.
Fuel: If your property is on a mains gas supply then a gas boiler is the most cost-effective heating option. Some may argue that oil can be the cheaper option but in more often than not oil prices make it much more expensive.
If your property is not connected to a mains gas supply then it could be worth contacting the company that operates the gas network in your area as they may be able to either partially or completely cover the cost of getting a gas connection to your home. You can find more information about this by contacting the Energy Networks Association – http://www.energynetworks.org/info/find-us/contact-us.html
Boiler Type: Most old boilers are just ordinary boilers that have a separate hot water cylinder to store hot water as oppose to it coming directly from the boiler itself. So, when it comes to buying a new boiler you have the choice of replacing your boiler with anther ordinary boiler and keep using the existing hot water cylinder or buy a combi boiler that doesn’t require a hot water cylinder and free up a bit of extra storage space in your home.
Although ordinary boilers produce heat more efficiently than a combi boiler, some heat is lost via the hot water cylinder so when looking at the bigger picture you may find that a combi boiler is more efficient.
Hot Water Usage: Larger families are more likely to use a lot of hot water, therefore it may be more beneficial to have an ordinary boiler installed, but smaller family households that use less hot water will find a combi boiler more beneficial.
Choosing An Installer: Whatever boiler you decide is best for you and your property choosing the right installer is vital. The first thing you need to do is ensure that they are Gas Safe Registered. This means that the installer is fully qualified and registered to work safely when installing your gas boiler. You can check if a plumber or gas engineer is gas safe registered by visiting the gas safe website – https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/find-an-engineer/