The boiler is the beating heart of the home and one of the most essential pieces of equipment in your property. The boiler plays an important role, helping to keep your property warm when outside temperatures are low and providing you with hot water for your baths, showers and to wash the dishes. When your boiler suddenly breaks down, it can be extremely disruptive to your household and everyday life. This is why it’s essential you take care of your boiler correctly, get it serviced annually and always have a professional on hand to carry out any repairs or maintenance should you need them.
Installing a new boiler can be a somewhat stressful decision. If you don’t know too much about boilers, the boiler installation process can be difficult to get your head around. How do you know when it’s time to replace your existing boiler? What do you need to consider when choosing a boiler? How can you find a top quality installer? What does a boiler service entail?
Fortunately, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about boiler installation.
When do I need to replace my existing boiler?
Firstly, it’s important to know when you should get a new boiler installed. While it may seem like a somewhat unnecessary cost, you should get your boiler serviced annually by a professional to ensure it continues to run efficiently and safely. Failing to service your boiler can lead to an array of problems, costing you lots of money down the line.
A faulty boiler will not only cost you more money due to higher energy bills, but they can also put you and your family in danger too. During a boiler service, a professional will be able to detect any issues and carry out the necessary repairs.
Generally, a gas boiler should last between 10 and 15 years. It’s a good idea to get your boiler replaced towards the end of this period, even if you don’t notice any obvious issues. Old boilers tend to run inefficiently which can cost you more money over time. Plus, old boilers are not as technologically advanced as newer models.
You should also get your boiler replaced if you notice any issues at any time. This includes strange noises coming from the unit, odd smells, banging noises and leaks. If you turn your heating system on and the radiators take a very long time to warm up or your shower water is never quite hot enough, it’s likely time for a new boiler.
Things to consider when choosing a boiler
There are three basic types of boilers: the combi, the conventional and the system boiler. A combination boiler is quick, compact and does not require hot water cylinders. A conventional boiler has a hot water tank or cylinder where the hot water is kept. A system boiler is similar to a conventional boiler; however, more heating system components are built in.
The type of boiler you require will depend on various factors, such as whether you have a gas connection or how much space you have. An experienced professional will be able to advise you on the right boiler for your needs.
When choosing a boiler, you’ll need to decide which size is best for you. Again, your gas engineer will be able to advise and guide on this, but a few things to keep in mind include:
● How much water you use. Different types of boilers are suitable for different amounts of water usage. If you have a large home with a big family, a conventional boiler may be more suitable.
● How much space you have. The type of boiler you choose will also depend on how much space you have. As combi boilers are compact, they are more suitable for smaller homes.
● Where the boiler is going to go. You should also take into consideration where the boiler is going to go. While you can install it in almost any room in the home, your chosen space must have the correct pipework.
Tips for finding a quality boiler installer
When it comes to your boiler installation, it’s worth doing your research to ensure you find a reliable and professional installer. You’ll need an experienced and skilled Gas Safe engineer to install your new unit. To ensure you find the best deal possible, we recommend getting quotes from at least three different installers.
Ask friends and family members whether they have any recommendations; word of mouth is always a great way to find a reliable installer. Failing this, the internet is a great tool for finding top boiler installation services near you. Make sure you read plenty of reviews to ensure the installer you choose has lots of satisfied customers and - above all else - always check that they’re on the Gas Safe Register. It’s also wise to check that they have the appropriate qualifications too.
What happens during a boiler installation?
Depending on the complexity of the job, a boiler installation can take between one and three days to complete. If you’re simply swapping out an old boiler for a new one, you can expect the process to be completed in the space of a day.
During a boiler installation, the installer will remove your current boiler. The system will then be flushes or cleaned out. The type of clean will depend on the condition of your system. A power flush may be required to ensure your system water remains as clean as possible. Over time, system debris can build up; a system flush prior to installation will prevent any damage to your new boiler.
If necessary, the appropriate changes or upgrades to your pipework will be made. The boiler will then be installed along with a system filter that is designed to protect your boiler from any debris that may built up over time. Having a filter installed with your boiler will ensure it runs efficiently and ‘cleanly’.
Once the boiler has been installed, your installer will check that everything is working as it should. They’ll then go through all of the controls with you to ensure you know exactly how to use and operate your new boiler. A reliable engineer will also run through some basic maintenance checks with you to ensure your boiler continues to run efficiently and safely.
Gastech Heating and Plumbing: boiler installation and repair services in Blackwood
At Gastech Heating and Plumbing, we’ve been helping Blackwood residents maintain an energy-efficient home since 1984. We install A-rated boilers to help you reduce your energy bills and ensure you always have heating and hot water when you need it. We understand that having no heating or hot water can be stressful, which is why our team of experienced and skilled Gas Safe engineers are on hand to carry out installations and repairs for you.
If you’re looking for a reliable and trusted company to carry out your boiler installation for you, you needn’t look further than Gastech Heating and Plumbing. We provide free, no obligation assessments of your home and requirements, suggesting which boiler will be most practical and efficient to suit your home and lifestyle. We’re a Which? Trusted trader, and Gas Safe and OFTEC registered and accredited. We’re also licensed to install LPG, oil and natural gas boilers.
For more information about our services, visit our website.