Earlier this year, after 5 years of living in my current house, my boiler gave up the ghost and with a cough and a splutter (more like a huge rubble and groan to be honest) literally just stopped working. Just like that. It would go through the motions but only one radiator would come on. It was time for a new boiler.
One of the things I always worry about is having enough money to replace things should they break down. With my new boiler I didn’t have to worry. My landlord is a local housing authority and they took care of all that for me.
They did leave me over 3 weeks with no heating over the coldest time of the year though. It’s wasn’t fun. I had a gas fire and a warm radiator in my bedroom but still coming home cold and wet after a blustery winters day (in spring) and not being able to put the heating was a little luxury I was missing having gotten used to having it at my disposal whenever I needed it.
When the time came for me to get my new boiler fitted, it was a lot of hassle. I had an old system and a water tank that needed to be removed to make way for a whole new boiler system.
It was worth the wait when the engineer finally showed me how to use it and instead of a fixed control panel on the wall in my kitchen I had a swanky new one that I could literally take anywhere in the house.
Oh yes, too cold when I wake up? I would just have to tap a button without leaving my bed. I was, and still am, loving the convenience of it.
But what if like me you don’t have someone else to do all the hard work for you? If that moment comes (probably at the coldest time of the year, it always is isn’t it!) And you are the one having to do all the leg work. Looking around for a new boiler and making the grown up decision of what one to buy and what company to choose?
Because let’s face it it’s a big expense for anyone to have to pay out but making the right choice is a sound investment.
What to look for in a new boiler.
I had a combination boiler installed. This meant getting rid of my old boiler with a water tank. However, that doesn’t mean it is the right option for you. I now have hot water on demand instead of having to wait for it to heat up.
One of the added benefits of a combination boiler is that it can save you money in the long term. Obviously, this will vary household to household but making an investment in this type of boiler could produce big savings over the year on your heating bills. I already am.
For the best savings, you need to choose an A rated boiler for efficiency. Working at 90% efficiency, an A rated boiler will provide you with the best energy saving for the lifespan of your boiler.
There are also different sized combination boilers available to your house needs and size. And many different brands to choose from too. Like the Ideal Logic Plus range
Look around. Do your research. Get some quotes from different people. Yes it may take a little bit longer but boilers aren’t cheap and want to be 100% sure you making the right choice. Companies like Hassle Free Boilers have guides on their site to help you choose a boiler right for your needs.
Do your research. The Internet is a mine of information some useful some not. If like me you have no idea on what you need or should be looking for then you need to arm yourself with some information prior to purchasing to make sure you fully understand what you need.
Chances are when you end up looking for a new boiler it will be an emergency and you are wanting to get it sorted asap. Like I was. Make sure you fully understand what it is you need before you sign on the dotted line.
This also applies to the company you choose to fit it too. Check them out. Read their reviews. Ask around word of mouth is a great way of finding out of a company is reliable or not.
Choose wisely because buying a new boiler isn’t something you want to be doing every few years. Especially with the average repair cost being over £200!