Why Summer is the Best Time to Replace Your Boiler
Winter isn’t the most ideal time to go without a boiler for between 1-3 days as a replacement is fitted, making summer the best time to replace a boiler.
So, rather than forgetting about your boiler during the summer, we’re going to take you through the benefits and costs of replacing your boiler during the warm summer months.
When to Replace a Boiler
Even if your boiler is still working, you should look to replace a boiler when it’s been heating your home for around 10-15 years. While it might still operate, boilers lose their efficiency over time and should a fault occur, sourcing parts for older boilers becomes much more challenging.
Modern boilers installed across the UK have to be at least 92% efficient, which means that for every £1 spent on heating your home, only 8p is wasted. Compare that with an older boiler with an efficiency around the 70% mark and you’ll be making a considerable saving over the course of a year – up to £305* in fact.
Benefits of Replacing Your Boiler in Summer
With summer being the time of year that we’re not relying on our boilers quite so much, it’s the perfect season to install a new boiler and be ready to save during the winter when our heating demands increase.
Boiler Engineers are Less Busy in the Summer
Winter sees some of the busiest months for heating engineers, who are not only installing new boilers but also rushing out to fix breakdowns and frozen pipes. Take advantage of the quieter months, when you are more likely to get an appointment at a time to better suit your schedule. You can also shop around a little more for quotes from different installers.
You can Keep Warm Whilst Your Boiler is Replaced
Being without a boiler for any number of days in winter whilst a new one is fitted is certainly not ideal. Generally, a boiler replacement can take between 1 and 3 days – this can be even longer if you are having work done on the central heating system in your home. Not being able to rely on your boiler during this time can make life difficult, and you could even run the risk of frozen pipes if the weather is cold enough. By having the work done in the summer months, you should be able to stay warm and not face so much disruption to daily life.
You Have Plenty of Time to Pick out the Perfect Boiler
Many people end up rushing to have their boiler replaced in the winter, especially if it’s because it has broken down. By planning ahead and having your boiler installed in the summer you have time to research boiler types and brands to figure out which one is ideal for your needs. We have a handy article explaining the types of boilers you could consider and how much you could look to save.
You Run Less Risk of a Winter Breakdown
If you wait until your boiler breaks down to replace it, you could end up facing a broken boiler in the middle of winter. This could mean calling out a plumber for emergency work at a less convenient time and even paying a lot more! By replacing your boiler in summer, or even just having it serviced, you run a far lower risk of a boiler breakdown over the colder months.
You Will be Ready to Start Saving on Winter Bills
If the thought of your winter heating bills makes you dread the chilly season, consider having your boiler replaced beforehand to help to reduce them. Many modern boilers will save you money through being far more efficient. The new style of condensing boilers are a popular choice in British households and could save you up to £305 year by recycling heat that would have been lost. For 3 free non obligation quotes from Gas Safe Registered installers, use our simple online quote form today.
Long Term Benefits of Replacing a Boiler
In addition to the benefits of arranging a summer boiler replacement, you’ll also be able to enjoy all the long term benefits of a new, modern boiler:
- Reduced energy bills
- Manufacturer warranty
- Increased control over the heating
- Your home will feel warmer and become a much more comfortable place to live
- Modern boilers are much quieter in operation than older models
- Reduce your impact on the environment
If you’re considering moving from your home and are thinking you won’t be able to experience these benefits, that may be the case, but a new boiler could add up to £8,000 to your house value and make it more appealing to potential buyers.
The life expectancy of a new condensing boiler is between 10-15 years, while a Combi boiler lifespan is about the same, and it’s important to arrange an annual service from a Gas Safe engineer to ensure the safe and efficient running of the boiler for the longest possible time.
Boiler Replacement Costs
The cost of a boiler replacement, including the price of the boiler and installation, will fall between £1,800 and £2,300. However, this is only if the boiler will be installed in the same place as the existing unit. Installing the replacement boiler into a completely new location could increase the installation fees to as much as £1,800 alone.
This might sound like a lot of money but when you consider the savings to be made from energy bills, a new boiler could soon start paying for itself. By arranging a summer installation, you’re already helping to keep costs down as heating engineers are likely to be much less busy than during the winter but to keep installation costs down even further, we highly recommend comparing multiple quotes. To make this easy, let us know the type of boiler replacement you need and we’ll match you with up to 3 Gas Safe engineers in your local area who will all provide a quote. It’s completely free and there’s no-obligation whatsoever.