A boiler breakdown this winter can be a nightmare which means you probably need to buy a new one. However, don’t just rush out to buy a new boiler without knowing several important facts. Boilers have a life span of at least 15 years. However, the older they get, the more they become inefficient in heating the home that is why you spend more for the same results.
On the other hand, if the boiler is properly maintained, it can remain efficient in spite of its age. But if you keep on calling for boiler repair, it means you have to buy a replacement. To know the right type of boiler to purchase, it is important to know beforehand the different types of boiler in the market.
- In the UK, the most popular type of boiler is the combi boiler because it provides both central heating and hot water. Combi boilers are not cumbersome because they do not have a hot water cylinder. The downside is tricky boiler installation and there is a possibility to run out of hot water when two or more taps are open.
- The system boiler is also called the sealed boiler that comes with a hot water cylinder but without a water tank. Hot water is provided from multiple sources at the same time but not instantly.
- Conventional boilers are open vents with both the cylinder and water tank. Hot water is available from different taps simultaneously but when it runs out, you have to wait for the water to reheat.
If you are going to replace an inefficient G boiler with A-rated boiler with a full set of heating controls, you can save as much as £340 and 1,500 kg of carbon annually. If you buy a £1500 boiler, it would take about 4 ½ years to pay it off from the savings your make.
Before, you consider new boiler installations, it is also important to consider the amount of space you have. A small house will be better off with a combi model that does not require a hot water cylinder. Get quotes for boiler installations before you sign up for a new boiler.