How much are they, can we get a new boiler grant or do I even really need a new boiler? These are all important questions you will probably need to answer at one point or another and different sources will give different answers.
Chapman Plumbers have been installing new boilers for over a decade so are well placed to advise. If you are local, we install new boilers in the Farnborough, Aldershot, and Farnham areas but will travel further afield in certain cases. We will install a new commercial boiler in Surrey, Hampshire or southwest London for example. We have years of experience installing new boilers, and a very big passion for technology as well as the industry. Because of this, we are very keen to give you the best advice possible when looking for a new boiler.
Feel free to give us a call and test us with any techie questions! Or read on..
This is a question with a lot of variables, clearly. The main variable is whether you are changing your 'system-type' when installing your new boiler.
For example if you currently have a regular older type system with a hot water cylinder in your airing cupboard, and you are upgrading your new boiler to a combination boiler. This will require the removal of loft tanks and the hot water cylinder in the airing cupboard, as well as pipes potentially, run through the property. This new boiler installation will cost in the region of £4000 plus VAT in the south of the UK with a good quality boiler like Viessmann. If you decide to move the new boiler to a new location this will potentially cost an extra £1000 approx.
Conversely, if you decide to swap your regular boiler for a new boiler in the same location this will start at around £1600 plus VAT.
Other variables for the price of a new boiler include whether you require new gas pipework or not and the length of run, whether the new boiler is a new commercial boiler or not, the new boiler size required, the location of the new boiler, where in the country you are, access restraints, and time of year among many others.
Taking all this into account, the best way to find out how much a new boiler is, is to contact a company to provide and official new boiler quote.
However, we do have all of these new boiler variables already priced in a spreadsheet. If you give us a call we can give you a new boiler quote in as little as 2 minutes, although more complex jobs will require a site visit. As precautions, we would strongly suggest a site visit for all new boiler quotes anyway or photos as a min.
There aren't currently very many new boiler grants or funding available. The main one of note is the Eco3 scheme. This is not available nationwide however and has to be adopted by local councils.
Eco3 essentially aids low-income households to be able to afford an efficient new boiler, and can even get you a hydrogen boiler or hydrogen fuel cell! More on those here.
Surprisingly, to be labeled as a 'low-income household' is relatively easy and covers most of the population. The process involves many questions but essentially if you are left with 30k household income PA (or less) after mortgage payments and bills you may qualify.
Other indicators of eligibility include receiving welfare or dependency.
We are often asked about the 'boiler scrappage scheme' this was something introduced many years ago to help improve housing stock move over to more efficient condensing boilers when they entered the market. It used to offer around £400 per new boiler installed and was government-backed. You may find companies still offering this, however, it is simply a sales gimmick, the cost is simply added to the quote beforehand.
We have helped vulnerable people obtain access to grants and funding for new boilers in the past and have found its best to simply contact your local council and explain your situation if you are in financial difficulty. They often have their own schemes running to help those in need which aren't necessarily nationwide or well known.
If you require a commercial new boiler grant then again the only current schemes are run individually by councils.
A good indicator to requiring a new boiler, generally speaking, is its age. However, this can vary in itself. Pre 1990 boilers lasted more than a generation, whereas 2005-2015 boilers only seemed to last 8-14 years on average. A 'well-installed' modern new boiler can last 20 years or more. Well installed means installed with compensation controls and a good system flush. You can read more about compensation controls here, but beware its pretty heavy going.
Because of this the only real barometer for if you need a new boiler or not would have to be repair frequency. Once a boiler has needed more than 3 repairs in quick succession, and assuming you've used a quality boiler repair company such as ours, then I would start to question the next repair.
Of course, another variable is the repair cost. Some repairs can cost in the thousands if you require a new heat exchanger, and if a new boiler comes with 5 to 10 year warranty then a new boiler may be worth considering.
How much longer are you going to be in your property? if you are to leave shortly then you might want to make a repair suffice. On the other side of the coin, it may add enough value to the property to install a new boiler (if you have enough time on your hands to organise it).
The last variable would probably be if you are doing other works to your property and if that's the case, or you will soon, then it may be a sensible time to put a new boiler in and have all the trades in at once.