How to get the best boiler installation
Whether you like it or not, buying a new boiler is not a decision to be made on the go. This is especially because there are several factors that you need to put into consideration and questions to be asked so that you don’t end up making a huge mistake that you will regret in a long time to come. In order to get the best boiler installation, here are some tips to guide you through the process.
Our boiler installation guide
Don’t be in a hurry: Remember you are about to part with a good chunk of money and as such, your discussion with a potential installer should not be done in a hurry. Take your time to learn and understand as much as you can about the various types and sizes of boilers, both electric and conventional gas boilers. This will then give you an idea of what type and size of boiler to go for.
Understand your household’s hot water and heating needs: This is another factor that will go a long way to impact on the satisfaction you will derive from the installation of your boiler. You should be able to determine how often your household needs hot water and how many shower heads and taps are used at the same time. With this, the engineer will be able to deduce if your home needs a Combi boiler or a conventional boiler.
Note changes in your water usage routine: For example, if you do have extended family members and friends come over for short stays during the holidays, then it might impact on your hot water requirements that period, especially during winter.
The possibility of future home improvements: As you discuss with the engineer, you should let him know if you have any plans of carrying out major home improvements in the nearest future. This is especially if it might require the addition of new bathrooms, loft conversions, or under-floor heating.
Issues with current boiler: If you already have a boiler and wants to replace, the installer should know of any problems you might have with the current boiler, especially in terms of performance.
Understand the various brands: Just as the reliability of the various appliances in your home vary, so does the reliability of the various brands of heating and boiler systems vary. Ensure you do your homework and only choose a boiler from reputable brands. Don’t allow the installer coerce you into settling for a brand you are not comfortable with.
Understand the pros and cons of the various boilers: This is a very important factor when you are getting ready to have a boiler installed in your home. With the help of the engineer, you should be able to understand the pros and cons of the different types of systems.
Add the necessary extras: There are some extra components added during boiler installations. You should have a talk with you engineer on the necessary extras as you don’t want to incur unnecessary debts. Some of the necessary extras include water filter and system flush.
Energy saving measures should be taken: This is not optional as new government legislation requires that during installation of new boilers, at least one among the four energy-saving measures should be adopted. From load-compensating thermostats to flue gas heat recovery, smart heating controls, and weather-compensating thermostats, you and your engineer should decide on the energy saving measures to go for. They all have their pros and cons as expected.
Ask for detailed quotation: No matter how quickly you want your boiler installed, you should never jump this process. The quotation from the potential installer should be detailed and properly itemized. If you are going to be spending between £2,000 and £3,000, then you have the right to know what you are actually paying for. Some of the items you should look for in a quotation includes the model of the proposed boiler, the make of the boiler, the price, a detailed explanation of why such brand and make is being recommended. If there are extra heating controls, they should be appropriate itemized, with cost. There should also be a detailed overview of the labour costs, including post-installation checks and system balancing. All these will help you avoid any hidden charges.
These are some of the steps you should take if you wish to make the most of having a new boiler installed in your home.
- You should also find out as much as possible about warranty of the product.
- The boiler needs to be registered immediately after installation in order to activate any warranty.
- Understand the terms of the warranty and any actions or inactions that might nullify the warranty.
- Make sure your installer has good feedback / references and is Gas Safe registered.
Post installation checks
After the boiler is installed, it is important that the engineer carry out series of required safety and performance checks. The results are then recorded at the back of the boiler’s instruction manual. This is one of the requirements for the activation of your boiler’s warranty and should not be taken for granted.
After the checks, it is time to start using your boiler. Pay attention to the presence of any cold spots on any of the radiators and any signs of slow heating. This coul
d mean that the system is not properly balanced and the installer should be informed right away.Now you can see why you need to take your time before deciding on the type or brand of boiler for your home. Your property and bank balance will surely thank you for it.