How to save money on a new boiler
If your boiler has been frequently giving problems through the winter just gone, or you’re stuck with a low energy-rated boiler, or you’re stuck with a low energy-rated boiler, it may be time to get a new one. It’s not something you’re going to do lightly, of course, because a new boiler is a significant expense. But it’s also key to your family’s comfort and peace and mind, so when it genuinely needs replacing, it’s one of those things that has to be done.
A new boiler can cost anything between £1000 and £2400 (not counting fitting costs).
But although it’s a significant cost, there are some things you can do to bring that cost down (and one or two things you definitely SHOULDN’T do).
Get the right boiler for your needs
Boiler prices vary enormously depending on the type of boiler (combi, system or conventional), the brand and the boiler’s power. One mistake people sometimes make is to go for a more powerful boiler than they actually need, believing that this will mean it’s more efficient. The most cost-effective way to upgrade your boiler is to ensure that you get one that is suited for the size of your property.
A good independent heating engineer will be able to advise on the best fit.
Shop around for a good installer
Lots of people will simply default to a national name they know, and therefore believe they can trust – often British Gas. However, the knowledge that they are the default choice means that such companies will often charge a significant premium knowing that many people won’t look any further. A local independent installer will often come in significantly cheaper, and the engineer who will carry out the work is more likely to be the person who assesses the job and provides the quote.
There are a number of ways to find suitably trustworthy heating engineers. You can use theor websites, which list qualified engineers. Also some high quality brands like and give listings for trusted providers in your area. Providers have to pass stringent training and customer service requirements to be on their sites, so they are pretty useful. Alternatively, be aware some of the other listing sites that purport to provide lists of competent engineers are simply ‘pay to appear’ sites, and don’t guarantee that you’ll be getting quality results.
Check the trustworthy online reviews
There are cheaper boilers out there – but a quick look at customer reviews reveals that they give more problems than they are worth. Buying the cheapest without checking it actually won’t give you a lifetime of problems is that thing you definitely SHOULDN’T do! It may cost you more from call-outs, repairs and poor performance than you would ever save on the price.
To ensure that you get reliable performance from your boiler so that you actually get good value, it’s worth going to the most creditable sources. Which? Magazine is a good source of reliable reviews, although its recommendations do require a subscription.
We have found the brands Worcester Bosch, Viessman and Vaillant to be good quality brands that give our customers fewer problems. But you should check the latest reviews because things can change year on year.
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