Boiler Replacement – Costs and Installation Prices
By Rob Hull on July 23, 2010
Over time, boilers can wear down and become more and more unreliable, with the cost of repairs and breakdowns taking a heavy strain on the pocket of its owner.
Modern boilers are known to be more reliable and efficient, lasting longer than older models, once a boiler becomes not only inefficient, but unreliable, it is highly recommended that it is replaced.
Some older boilers can even be dangerous if over-used and worn, with the risk of dangerous emissions such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide increasing.
Many people choose a boiler replacement for this reason, but also a new boiler can be considered for environmental reasons – modern central heating boilers are known to be much more energy efficient with efficiency ratings over 90% in comparison to 50% in some older boilers, offering a payback in just a few years as well as be kinder to the environment.
There is more than the one option available when purchasing a boiler replacement. These are:
1) From a Local Plumbing & Heating Company
Many companies specialise in providing replacement boilers locally or regionally, these companies will often send an experienced boiler engineer to look at your current setup and talk you through the options for a new system, whether that’s just a new boiler or complete central heating system.
These companies will then purchase the boiler on your behalf, and use their own engineers to install, test and commission the boiler. Often these companies are long-established, and possibly the best choice if you value experience over a big brand.
These local companies can be sourced via our quote service and are usually cheaper than the nationwide installers and energy suppliers. You can expect a standard boiler replacement to cost in the region of £1,500 – £2,500.
2) From an Energy Supplier
The large energy suppliers such as British Gas, nPower and E.ON also provide boiler repair and installation services, they will send an engineer to assess the boiler you require and provide advice and ultimately a quote based on your specific needs.
These companies will source the boiler and have it installed in much the same manner as the local plumbing and heating companies, the advantage of using one of the nationwide installers is big brand protection in that they’re unlikely to go bust and can usually provide additional service such as ongoing boiler cover, the downside is that they’ll more than likely be more expensive.
Often their engineers are from a sister company or another part of the power suppliers business such as British Gas Boilers, and will also push the specific insurance policies that the energy supplier offers on boilers. You can expect a standard boiler replacement from a national supplier to cost in the region of £2,000 – £3,500.
3) Direct from the Manufacturer or Supplier
If you feel you can get a better deal on your boiler by buying direct from the manufacturer or supplier, be sure to research thoroughly the exact boiler you need to ensure it is a suitable replacement of your current boiler. The best prices can be found online by searching for the exact model number once this is known.
Some installers won’t install a boiler they haven’t sourced so always check beforehand to ensure your chosen engineer is happy to do so, in such cases they can help in specifying the exact model required.
About Boiler Engineers
When choosing the boiler engineer to install your new boiler, be sure to make sure they are Gas Safe Registered, and can provide evidence of experience in the field of your specific boiler.
Also, be sure you get the best deal possible by asking for quotes on the work from as many plumbing & heating companies as possible, making sure you compare apples for apples when studying prices as replacement boiler costs vary dramatically based on quality and type.