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Online Boiler Quotes Explained

Becky Mckay
By: Becky Mckay
Updated: 19th September 2023

Traditionally, getting quotes for a boiler repair or installation involved contacting an engineer directly to book a site visit, and then repeating the process should you want more than one option. Today, you can get an instant online boiler quote in just a few clicks, without a site visit or, in some cases, even needing to talk to anyone.

Online boiler quotes have given homeowners a completely new way of finding engineers to carry out the work they require. Thousands of people are searching the internet for phrases such as 'Worcester Bosch quote online', 'Vaillant boiler quote online' or simply 'boiler installation online quotes', so we've taken a look at the pros and cons of online boiler quotes here.

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Advantages of online boiler quotes

Save time and hassle

If you've not got the time to search for engineers, contact them and then welcome them into your home for a site visit, you can save precious time by just filling in an online form to get an instant boiler quote.

Almost instant

By just filling in a few details about your home and the work required, you can start receiving quotes pretty much straight away.

Find quotes at any time

If you don't get around to looking for an engineer until the middle of the night then an engineer is unlikely to answer the phone. Online forms, on the other hand, are always there.

Simple to receive

The quote will appear in front of you on the screen in writing there and then so you can start comparing quotes straight away.

Easily compare multiple quotes

With online quotes you could receive multiple quotes at once whereas the traditional way would be one at a time, which is particularly problematic when you're without heating or hot water.

Disadvantages of online boiler quotes

Can’t meet the engineer beforehand

Not meeting the engineer means you won't be aware of exactly who is carrying out the work on your boiler until they arrive.

Need to be fairly tech savvy

To get an online quote you need to be fairly familiar with the devices used to get them such as a computer or smartphone. You'll also need access to one.

No personal touch

Not meeting or talking to the engineer beforehand means that you're losing out on building a bit of rapport with them before the work begins.

Not all engineers offer online quotes

While many online services can provide you with quotes from a vast number of engineers, they're probably not all on there, so there's a chance you might find a better deal elsewhere.

When traditional quotes are best

There are some situations when an online quote may not be right for you:

  • Meeting the engineers face to face when they provide their quote gives you a chance to ask questions; they'll be able to talk you through what needs to happen to give you a better understanding of the required work. You can also get a sense of their experience and professionalism which can't always be done online or over the phone.
  • To request online boiler quotes you'll need to provide some information about your home and current heating system. You may not feel confident about the information you're providing so a traditional quote process may be more suitable. The engineer will be able to see your home for themself and thoroughly assess the work that needs to be carried out.
  • If you don't have a computer or device with an internet connection or you're not very confident when using technology. All you'll need is a house phone, you won't have to type out all your details, remember passwords or own a device capable of connecting to the internet.

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Where can I get online boiler quotes?

More and more companies are now offering their customers the opportunity to get quotes for a new boiler online, but each service offers slightly different processes and there are pros and cons to consider. In most cases you can either pay for the boiler installation in one lump sum or pay for it in monthly instalments via a finance arrangement.

Online quotes from BOXT

BOXT is an online boiler quotes service which was started by former directors of Help-Link and the former MD of Plumb Center. BOXT offer a completely online boiler supply and fit service where you complete a form and are presented with several instant boiler quotes to compare and pay for right there on the website before booking an installation date to suit you.

Online quotes from Hiber

Hiber is a relatively new company offering a fixed price online boiler recommendation tool. After answering some questions online you'll be given some boilers to consider as well as fixed price installation quotes. You then confirm your payment options and book your installation date.

Online quotes from Hometree

On the Hometree website you'll answer a few simple questions about your home and the type of heating you have at the moment currently have and what fuel it runs on. They will then recommend a boiler package to suit you and provide a fixed price quote.

Online quotes from British Gas

British Gas has been installing boilers in UK homes for over 50 years. Today the company is owned by the multinational corporation, Centrica, and installs more boilers than any other supplier. On the British Gas website you can book a free no-obligation quote or request a price estimation by answering some questions about your home and heating system.

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Online quotes from The Heating Hub

The Heating Hub website asks a few simple question about your current heating system and what you'd like to have installed before recommending some suitable models and giving you an estimate of the price of installation. However, this price is subject to a survey by one of their installers.

Online quotes from Homeserve

Homeserve is a 'home assistance provider' and has been helping UK homeowners when it comes to fixing, maintaining and looking after their home for over 24 years. To get a boiler quote from Homeserve you will need to answer some questions via their website about the job, but you'll need to arrange a survey with one of their installers before you get your fixed price quote.

Online quotes from Help-Link

Help-Link has been installing boilers in the UK since 1998 after beginning life in a small Yorkshire town. Today the company installs around 20,000 boilers nationwide every year. They now offer free online boiler quotes as well as discounts for customers who use their online service.

Get online boiler quotes at Boiler Guide

We can help you find free online quotes for your new boiler easily and quickly, whether you want online quotes or traditional quotes.

At Boiler Guide we have a network of reputable, Gas Safe registered engineers across the UK ready to provide their most competitive quotes. Every company and engineer in our network has passed our strict vetting procedures; we only work with the best, so you get only the best quotes.

All you need to do is complete a short online form telling us about your home and the work you need. If you're looking for a gas boiler replacement, you can choose whether you want to receive online quotes to compare before you shortlist the engineers you'd like to hear from. You'll see your online quotes in an online dashboard (usually within a couple of hours) where you can compare which model of boiler they recommend for the job, their professional qualifications and experience, any aftercare or additional services on offer, genuine and unbiased customer reviews and, of course, prices. No sales calls or waiting at home for appointments - just quick, free and competitive quotes from trustworthy engineers.

If you prefer a more traditional and personal approach we can also help you there too. Tell us what you're looking for and we'll find up to 3 Gas Safe engineers in your area who will be in touch to arrange a home visit before providing your boiler quote. Get free quotes.

Find the best online boiler quotes

Both traditional and online quotes offer many benefits as well as a few things to consider. With the traditional way you'll be getting face-to-face interaction and a personal touch that can make the whole experience seem a lot more personal. Online quotes, however, are much less time consuming and you could be comparing quotes almost immediately after providing your details.

Like with most things in life, it can just come down to personal preference and choosing the method that's more suited to your lifestyle. No matter how you choose to get your quotes, it's always important to compare more than one to ensure that you're getting the perfect deal for you.

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Becky Mckay

About the author

Becky Mckay

Becky has been a writer at Boiler Guide since 2021. Her vast boiler knowledge means she’s ready to help with any home heating query, big or small!

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