How To Buy a Boiler Online
It’s now possible to buy a new boiler online, but how does it work?
Back in the day if you needed a new boiler you’d more than likely choose the nearest installer to you. It would probably be someone who was recommended by a friend or family member. Then the internet happened and we no longer needed to rely on word of mouth. A simple Google search yielded hundreds of options to choose from, but this presented us with a new problem. Which of the long list of boiler companies would deliver the best service for the best price?
This is why sites like Boiler Guide exist. You can enter your details into one, simple online form and very quickly you’ll be contacted by up to 3 Gas Safe registered installers working in your area. They’ll arrange to visit you and provide their most competitive, no obligation quote and you simply choose the best. By comparing free quotes, you can be sure you’re finding the right boiler at the best price quickly and easily.
But what’s even easier? Buying a boiler online.
In fact, it’s now possible to get an online boiler quote, i.e. no phone calls, no home visits and no salespeople. More and more websites enable you to complete the entire process from the comfort of your own home, from choosing the boiler to booking the installation date.
Getting an Online Boiler Quote
1. Answer a few questions
When you buy a boiler online, the first step is to answer some simple questions. For example, what type of boiler do you have? What fuel does it run on? How big is your home? Where is the boiler located? You’ll also be asked for a postcode so that we can find boiler installers in your area. The form only takes a few minutes to complete and doing so doesn’t place you under any obligation to accept any quote you receive.
2. Receive Offers
You’ll then very quickly receive offers which include information about the specific boiler that will be fitted and the total price including installation, plus details of anything else included in the price e.g. chemical flushes, filters or thermostats.
3. Choose Your New Boiler
You compare all the offers, select the boiler package which suits your home and budget best and even book a convenient installation date. In many cases you can pay for your new boiler through flexible monthly payments with a finance deal.
Why Buy a Boiler Online?
Will an online boiler quote include a warranty?
Yes, all manufacturers include a warranty with their boilers so as long as it is registered appropriately after installation and meets their requirements the warranty will be valid. Boiler warranties tend to range from 2 – 10 years in length.
Will the online price be the final price?
In some cases you may find an online ‘fixed price’ but as every home is unique many installers will make you a price offer which is subject to survey. All this means is that they need to take a look at your home and current heating system to confirm the work needed before agreeing a final price with you. For example, if you want to relocate your boiler or remove old elements which are no longer needed (e.g. hot water cylinders) this may add to the cost.
How much does a new boiler cost?
A new boiler (including installation) usually costs between £2,500 – £4,000. However, by sourcing and comparing multiple quotes you can often save a significant amount of money. You can often spread the cost of a new boiler via finance deals which spread the cost over a pre-agreed period.
How do I know which type of boiler I have?
There are 3 types of boiler: Combi, System and Regular. If you have a boiler which is fed by a cold water tank in the loft and a hot water storage cylinder, you have a Regular boiler (also known as conventional or traditional). If your boiler is fed water from the mains and not from a tank but has a hot water storage cylinder, you have a System boiler. If you have no tank and no cylinder, just an all-in-one boiler which is supplied from the mains and heats water on demand, you have a Combi boiler.
What does ErP A rated mean?
ErP stands for Energy related Products. Your boiler will be labelled with an ErP rating which indicates how energy efficient it is to run. The more efficient it is the less you will need to spend on energy. Products are rated from G at the lowest up to the highest possible A+++ rating. Read more on the Energy related Products Directive here.