Combi Boiler Repair Guide
As a homeowner, there are times you are torn between getting an appliance repaired or getting a replacement and most times, you are so confused you don’t know which option to settle for. Now your boiler is having issues and you can’t seem to decide on what to do. If you are confused, this article will give you an idea of typical boiler repair costs and in turn, help you to make informed decision.
Boiler Repair Cost Guide
Whatever happens, always ensure your appliances are repaired by professionals, including your boiler. Listed below is what you should expect as repair costs for your boiler, including parts and labour.
|Parts to be replaced||Average Replacement Cost|
|Air Pressure Switch||£200|
|Automatic Air Vent||£170|
Apart from the cost of replacing faulty parts in your boiler, you will also need to pay the engineer. With the services of a Gas Safe engineer, there are certain factors that would determine the hourly rates charged. These factors include but not limited to the following:
Time of day: If your repair needs are to be taken care of outside the normal working hours or days, then there is every tendency that the engineer might charge more.
Location of your property: Depending on the part of UK you live in, the hourly rate charged by the engineer might be higher or lesser.
Size of servicing firm: When you choose to have a large corporation take care of your boiler repair needs as against the local engineers, you should expect the cost to be 30-50% higher.
With this said, the hourly rate charged by Gas Safe engineers is within the range of £50-60 per hour for diagnostics and afterwards, a fixed price is agreed on the repair upon successful diagnosis.
To replace or repair
Before you take the decision to get your boiler repaired, you should take your time to consider which would be more cost effective – repairs or replacement. It is also important you understand that certain boiler parts can be reconditioned instead of carrying out outright replacement. For example, instead of considering having your boiler’s pump replaced because of leakages, the engineer might just have to swap the pump’s seals and the leakage will stop. However, it should be left at the discretion of the engineer if conditioning would be a better option than replacement.
Now back to the task of helping you make an informed decision about your boiler. With the factors listed below, you should be able to finally decide what you want.
Age of boiler: When an existing boiler has been in use for over 5 years and possibly out of warranty, it might be time to consider replacing same instead of repairs.
Condition of the boiler parts: Some of the parts in your boiler are expensive, especially the pump, PCB, fan, diverter valve, burner, and heat exchanger. If diagnosis shows that these expensive boiler parts are still in good condition, then it might be a good option to repair the boiler.
The cost of repair: If the cost of repairing your faulty boiler falls within the range of £100-200, then you might consider going for it. However, if the costs is from £300 upwards for an old boiler that is out of warranty, then such expenses might not be worth it.
Cost of replacement: No matter the size of your home, you can always find affordable but good quality boiler that added to its warranty, would be worth the replacement. More so, these newer boiler versions are more energy efficient and will save you costs on energy bills.
Protect your boiler
Boiler protection is something that is very important if you hope to get the most of your boiler. There are a few ways that you can have your boiler protected and they include but not limited to the following:
Installation of scale reducer: This works by catching limescale. In a situation where this element succeeds in finding its way to the boiler’s heat exchanger, it will go on to create hotspots and as a result, cause the component to crack.
Installation of central heating inhibitor: This protector works by breaking up dirt and rust that might be found within the connecting pipes.
Installation of boiler filter: This works by catching all the rust and dirt that were broken by the central heating inhibitor. In a situation where there is no filter fitted on the boiler, this rust and dirt, also called central heating sludge, will go on to block the boiler’s radiator. Other components of the boiler that might be severely affected include the pump and the heat exchanger.
Failure to have any of these boiler protection fitted will leave your boiler exposed to elements. The importance of boiler protection is such that most manufacturers’ warranties will become void if a home owner fails to at least, fit a central heating inhibitor.
If therefore, your faulty boiler has been in use for several years without any form of protection in place, it might just be better that you have the boiler replaced as so many things could have gone wrong, especially with the important and expensive parts.
Now it is time to decide whether to repair or replace.