With energy efficiency becoming increasingly significant, along with the fact that your domestic boiler is accountable for a large part of your fuel bills, a common question is “do I require a boiler replacement?” Alas, the solution is not always a straightforward. Yes or no will depend on a number of variables.
It’s possible for you to check how efficient your boiler is. Simply go to the boiler efficiency database and find your make and model. If your appliance has an efficiency of 80% of higher, you’re not actually going to save a lot on replacing it with a new one.
Has your boiler been well kept? If you’ve had your appliance serviced regularly and it’s an efficient model, you may not gain much by replacing it.
Is your boiler reliable? If you are finding that your boiler is growing increasingly unreliable, it might be time to replace it with a new version. However, if you haven’t serviced it recently – this may be the first thing to do.
Does your boiler cost a lot to repair? If you are finding that when there are issues with your appliance it’s becoming increasingly expensive to repair or parts are getting hard to locate, a replacement may be the very best way to go.
Can I get help paying for boiler replacement ? You may qualify for a free replacement if you are on a low income and claim certain benefits. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) assists low income families in becoming more fuel efficient and reduces fuel poverty. In case you don’t qualify for the Energy Company Obligation, you may continue to be able to get a grant that you can pay back over time through The Green Deal.
Have your personal conditions changed since you had your boiler installed? It may be that the most recent time you had a new appliance you had all the kids at home but now they’ve grown up and moved out. Do you need such a big appliance anymore? You may manage to install a smaller, more efficient one that really works better for your existing conditions.
Do I only need to upgrade the controls? An upgrade to the management controls could make your central heating more efficient. This will be cheaper than replacement and give you a more controllable system.
If it’s older than 15 years you probably would make savings with a replacement. This really depends upon the type, especially considering how efficient it is and how well it has been looked after.
What next for boiler replacement?
If after considering the above mentioned you do find that you need boiler replacement then you will be looking at about £2,500 for the appliance and installation (this will vary depending on the system you select, the size of the boiler, the fuel type and the supplier). However, you may save as much as £310 a year in your fuel bills* with a new boiler.