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18 June 2010 - Boiler Installation

At some point you will either need a new central heating boiler or have to replace an aging boiler. There are 1.5 million boiler sales each year and over 100,000 boiler installers. Some boiler installers are highly trained, some have minimal qualifications. Many are one man bands, some work for large companies with national coverage and in-house trained employees.gas  boiler systems

Replacement boilers are a large percentage of new boilers sold but it appears that householders have little involvement in the choice of new boiler for their home despite it being a major investment with considerable lifetime fuel costs.

The Heating and Hot Water Information Council has observed that “The installer is regarded as the expert and his advice is seldom challenged or ignored, particularly given the householder’s relative lack of product knowledge.” This site aims to improve the householders knowledge of the boiler selection and installation options so that they can make better choices and are able to select an energy efficient boiler that is cost effective for them helping to reduce the impact of energy consumption upon the environment.

When choosing your next boiler, the supplier and who will install it there are many questions to consider as outlined below.

There are several types of boilers

Whilst most new boilers fitted should be condensing boilers there are three main types: regular, system and condensing. Each has different characteristics and has specific plumbing and space requirements. Also each type of boiler has multiple power options which need to be matched to the needs of the home environment. Incorrect boiler types or mismatched power output can increase the energy costs of the boiler over its lifetime.

Boiler Efficiency is important

Boilers are tested and the relative energy efficiencies are published by the manufacturers. The difference between an old boiler (perhaps 50% efficient) and the latest condensing boilers (up to 90% plus efficiency) represents a considerable difference in energy costs each quarter.

Boiler Regulations must be respected

The installation of gas boilers is governed by several government regulations. Replacement boilers should almost always be condensing boiler systems. The installer must be ‘Gas Safe’, previously CORGI  trained. Ventilation must be checked and the flue properly installed.

Obtaining an accurate quotation

A quote (or several) should always be obtained and the price quoted should take into account a thorough heating survey and consideration of your needs. Accordingly you should check the credentials of the installer you are considering engaging and you should ensure that they conduct a thorough survey before you are presented with a quote. If this is not properly completed you could find that the price increases part of the way through the installation.

Which Supplier and which Installer should I use?

Boilers can be purchased from the local DIY center. They can be fitted by thousands of small, generalist installers, some of whom are highly trained (‘Gas Safe’ qualified) and a number who may be rogue traders. There are national heating installation companies with a trained installation workforce who can supply manufacturer boilers. The choice of a quality supplier and installer is very important and references and evidence of qualifications should always be obtained.

Who will care for my boiler after installation?

Availability of spare parts several years after boiler installation and who you will choose for a maintenance contract are important considerations. Gas boilers are very safe if properly installed and regularly maintained. Do not put your family at risk through a poor quality installation or false savings by avoiding a regular maintenance plan. One advantage of using a national company for your boiler installation is that they usually have an experienced workforce who can service your boiler in the years to come.

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