Buying and installing a new boiler can be a costly process – one that can make a big hole in your pocket if you are not careful. It is therefore imperative that you know what you are getting yourself into before you sign on the dotted line. Let’s take a quick look at what you need to know when buying a new boiler.
1. Pick a reliable brand
Picking a brand that is well known and reliable will save you money in the future, as you will be less likely to have to fork out for expensive repairs. According to Which?, boiler repairs cost around £210 on average. When choosing a reputable brand, there is a 63 per cent chance that it will be working fault-free after six and a half years; opt for a less reliable make of boiler and this chance drops to 45 per cent.
2. Look at the reviews
The next thing is to check the reviews online. The internet is full of comments and reviews on everything you can imagine, with boiler installation Bristol no exception. Just because the brand is well known does not necessarily mean the boiler you are looking at will suit your needs.
3. What type of boiler should you install?
There are three types of gas condensing boilers: conventional, combi and system.
– A conventional boiler stores water in a tank or cylinder for use later on.
– A combi boiler heats the water as you need it, which means there is no need for a storage tank.
– A system boiler is similar to a conventional boiler but with more built-in components. It takes up less space and is easier to install.
4. What size should you buy?
You will need to think through two main things when considering the size of your boiler:
– The actual size of the boiler and whether it will fit in the space you have for it.
– The potency and heating capabilities of the boiler. A Bristol Boiler Service professional will be able to help you with this one.
5. Is it user-friendly?
Do you understand how to operate the thermostat of your new boiler, and what about the timer? Using a boiler is an everyday task, so it is important that you understand your boiler and how to operate it.