Boiler Replacement – Costs and Installation Prices
By Rob Hull on July 23, 2010
As time goes by, boilers become old, temperamental and generally very unreliable. This leads to frequent break downs and thanks to costly repair bills a heavy strain on your pocket.
New condensing boilers are far more efficient and reliable. So if your boiler is old and unreliable we highly recommend you consider a replacing your existing boiler with a newer model. With greater efficiency a new boiler will help to bring down your heating bills, transforming the energy efficiency of your home in the process.
You might not know it to look at them but some older boilers can pose a danger. There’s a real risk of exposure to dangerous emissions such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. There are around 50 deaths every year, as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, and more than 200 people and up in hospital due to exposure to the poisonous gas. So replacing your old boiler could make your home safer and warmer.
Modern central heating boilers are much safer, although it’s important to make sure you have any gas appliance serviced and checked annually. They also benefit from greater efficiency ratings, over 90% in comparison to 50% for some older boilers, and with lower emissions are far kinder to the environment.
If you’re considering purchasing a boiler replacement there are a numebr of options to choose from, including:
1) From a Local Recommended Boiler & Heating Engineer
Whether you’re looking for a new boiler replacement or need a whole new central heating system installed, your local heating engineer should be able to carry out the work for you. Often one man bands, an experienced heating engineer will need to pop out to take a look at your existing boiler and current setup. He will discuss your options and provide you with a quote. To get a competitive price, we recommend you get three quotes and don’t just go with the first company to quote.
Should you decide to go with a local engineer, he (or she) will purchase the boiler on your behalf directly from a supplier and install your new replacement boiler. Depending on the make and model, the boiler should also benefit from a warranty to give you peace of mind. Local heating engineers can offer experience that is second to none, and if you value experience over a big brand, they are an excellent option.
Get free boiler replacement quotes from local boiler and heating engineers via our quote service. The quotes are free and there’s no obligation. Bear in mind that it’s usually cheaper than the nationwide installers and energy suppliers, you’re likely to get a better deal this way. Prices quoted will vary, depending on the work involved to replace your boiler. But you should expect to pay up to £2,300 for a standard boiler replacement.
2) From Your Energy Supplier
The likes of E.ON, npower and British Gas – some of our largest energy suppliers – will also be able to provide you with a new boiler replacement. After an appointment has been booked, their engineer will visit you to assess your boiler and provide you with a quote to install a modern condensing boiler.
Big brand protection is without doubt the biggest benefit of using a nationwide installer. Unlike one man bands and smaller heating companies, they’re unlikely to go bust and can provide extra service such as ongoing boiler cover. However, they will be more expensive. You can expect to pay anything from £2,000 to £4,000 at least for a standard boiler replacement from a national supplier.
3) Buy direct from the Supplier or Manufacturer
You might be able to get a better deal by buying your boiler replacement from the manufacturer or supplier directly. Get the best price by searching for the exact model you want online. However you must make sure the boiler you choose is a suitable replacement for your current boiler. Once you’ve purchased your new boiler, you will need to get someone to fit it. In the case of a new gas boiler this must be a Gas Safe Registered heating engineer. Using a heating engineer who isn’t Gas Safe Registered is not only illegal but it’s dangerous. It might be difficult sourcing a heating engineer to fit a boiler they haven’t supplied.
About Boiler Engineers
As we touched upon earlier, the installation of a gas replacement boiler must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. And, to get the best price possible we recommend you get three boiler quotes from approved heating engineers. The cost of a new boiler replacement can vary dramatically, depending on the company (small one man band or nationwide outfit) as well as the make and model.