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How Can I Get The Very Best Deal For My Boiler?

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For many homeowners, the question of when to replace a boiler is often taken out of their hands.

An inefficient boiler shows few outward signs that it’s in distress, and, as a result, often packs up with no prior warning-inevitably in the height of Winter.

Unlike other home improvements, which we have time to budget for, and can press ahead with at a time of our choosing, a boiler that’s given up the ghost needs replacing-and fast.

But what do you do if you’re on a very tight budget? How can you ensure you get the very best deal for your boiler on offer?

In the following article, we reveal the secret tricks of the trade for getting a competitive quote, the pricing factors at play, and, ultimately, which boiler offers best value long-term. Let’s begin!

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For those whose properties are off-grid, an oil system is also a viable alternative. Although slightly more expensive than gas, oil boilers are still fairly reliable, but for those in urban areas, gas is usually the best bet for your budget

Gas, Oil or LPG Boiler: Which Offers Best Value for Money?

Due to both availability and popularity, gas boilers generally offer the best value for money overall.

On average, gas is roughly 3-4 times cheaper than electricity; however, this is only half of the story.

Many properties across the UK have no direct access to the mains supply, and, consequently, will have to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) instead (which is a lot more expensive.)

However, to put prices into perspective, it’s essential to consider not just the upfront cost, but longevity as well. 

Yes, an LPG boiler requires more initial outlay, but if it is installed by a reputable contractor, it is highly reliable long-term.

For those whose properties are off-grid, an oil system is also a viable alternative. Although slightly more expensive than gas, oil boilers are still fairly reliable, but for those in urban areas, gas is usually the best bet for your budget.

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Although tempting in a bid to save money, D.I.Y installation is inadvisable at best; enlisting a quality heating engineer is a far safer bet-especially if you value a hot morning shower (that’s all of us then!)

How Can I Ensure My New Boiler Will Be More Reliable?

When it comes to choosing a new boiler, reliability really is everything. Generally, if a price seems to good to be true, it probably is; and you’ll be the one footing the bill in a few years’ time for (yet another!) costly replacement.

As a boiler is such an integral part of your home, it pays to invest accordingly. Brands such as Worcester are the cream of the boiler crop; operating since 1962 and offering a staggering range of systems including gas and electric boilers, to the very latest solar technology.

Although tempting in a bid to save money, D.I.Y installation is inadvisable at best; enlisting a quality heating engineer is a far safer bet-especially if you value a hot morning shower (that’s all of us then!)

How Many Quotes Should I get For My Boiler?

To give you the best chance of comparing products and prices, we recommend you get at least 3 quotes-preferably from local tradesmen in your region, as they’ll know your area well, and will, more than likely, have installed similar systems in the homes of your neighbours.

When you receive each quote, make sure to grill each supplier on the details. The estimate you’re left with should include all call out fees, the price of the boiler, and the cost of installation as well.

If a company’s professing a discount, double check what their offer entails. As with most things in life, the devil really is in the detail; the lower cost may reflect a sub-standard boiler brand, or limited warranty. 

Finally, always ensure that your estimate is itemised, so that you can quickly compare like for like quotes; this will enable you to ascertain whether you’re getting good value for money.

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Even though smart control heating devices can give you greater control of your heating, they’re not absolutely vital. A reputable contractor will emphasise this fact, and encourage you to make your own conclusions

What Should be Included in An Itemised Quote for My Boiler?

From the make of the boiler being installed, to an extensive explanation of the warranty, an itemised quote should include a detailed breakdown of all costs involved. 

If your boiler needs to be relocated, this should be explained to you in detail, along with the reasons why. They should also inform you of the type of water treatment required, and which option is best in light of your heating system.

Although the installation itself is vitally important, it is also imperative that your contractor checks all radiators are in good working order after your new system's installed.

Lastly, an overview of the labour costs and man hours involved to install your boiler should also be mentioned in the estimate.

What’s the Best to Stay Within Budget?

If you have a specific budget in mind, then sticking it to it is essential. Unfortunately, you’ll sometimes find that a few less legitimate installation companies try and coax you to invest in a few add-ons (such as smart control systems.)

Even though these devices can give you greater control of your heating, they’re not absolutely vital. A reputable contractor will emphasise this fact and encourage you to come to your own conclusions.

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A trustworthy installer will do their very best to source you the best-fit boiler for your needs. They’ll be more than happy to answer all your questions and provide comprehensive advice on aspects of your new system, so that you can make an informed decision

What Effect Does the Size of The Boiler Have on the Final Price?

The right size of boiler for your home will depend on two main factors:

•    How many bathrooms you have
•    How many people you live with

A reputable, heating engineer will be able to advise you in this respect, ensuring your replacement boiler is the right size for the designated area of install, and accommodates your household needs.

If you have a smaller home, and an engineer tries to sell you a larger sized system, ensure you question their motives. Some cowboy contractors have been to try and sell customers a bigger boiler then they require purely to maximise profit. 

On the other hand, a trustworthy installer will do their very best to source you the best-fit boiler for your needs. They’ll be more than happy to answer all your questions and provide comprehensive advice on aspects of your new system, so that you can make an informed decision.

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The length of the warranties offered should definitely be factored into your decision-making; in the long run, a boiler that’s slightly more expensive to start with, but with a substantially longer warranty will prove a far more cost-effective proposition

Will an Annual Service for My Boiler Be Included in The Price?

The answer to this question depends on your chosen contractor. An annual service is highly recommended; it will prolong the life of your boiler and ensure that any minor issues are addressed before they snowball into bigger problems.

Manufacturers warranties really do vary between companies; a reputable firm will usually offer breakdown cover for at least 2-5 years after purchase. 

The length of the warranties offered should definitely be factored into your decision-making; in the long run, a boiler that’s slightly more expensive to start with, but with a substantially longer warranty will prove a far more cost-effective proposition.

Get the very best deal for your boiler the easy way, with the help of our online estimator. Alternatively, give us a call on 0800 1700 636, and let our talented team of experts assist you today!