During winter, it is especially important to own a good boiler to avoid being cold but also to save money. In fact, buying a brand-new boiler is one of the largest expenses for homeowners and landlords, prices can range from £500 to £3,000, many choose to take out boiler cover to avoid paying a lot of money upfront, it’s a great way to cover yourself in case something happens to your boiler. So, how can you cut the costs if you are in need of a new boiler? What should you be looking for when shopping around?

Research the market

It can be tempting to choose the cheapest boiler on the market, however you need to do plenty of research to narrow down your choices and make sure you don’t fall for a cheap price and regret it down the line. Look into the different boilers, manufacturers, etc.  Don’t be afraid to call and get some quotes from different professionals but also read reviews of different types of boilers online. Boilers are expensive so it’s definitely worth spending a little time shopping around and get a new boiler quote​​​​​​​ for the best pricing.

Pick the right boiler for you

First of all, it’s important to note that there are 3 types of boilers: combi, system and conventional. Each of these boilers have different qualities that you need to be aware of.

  • Combi boilers are more compact because water is directly heated as you need it, therefore there is no need for any extra tanks or cylinders. Combi boilers are the most modern and popular heating system.
  • System boilers are slightly different from combi boilers because the hot water is stored in a separate tank. It’s great for large homes, however you’ll need to wait for the water to heat up again once the hot water from the tank runs out, for example.
  • Conventional boilers or regular heat-only boilers are the oldest type of heating system. Great if you have multiple bathrooms in a large property as you’ll need space for the cold-water feed tank (generally found in the loft).

Should you replace your old boiler?

Boilers have a lifespan of around 15 years however it may be time to start looking into your replacement boiler options when your boiler hits the 8 year mark. There are a few signs that indicate that a boiler needs replacing:

  • Your energy bill is going up
  • It will cost you more to repair your boiler than buying a new one
  • You are thinking of selling or renting your property, a new boiler will add value
  • You are not satisfied with the control you have over your heating
  • Your boiler keeps breaking down

Obviously before making any rash decisions, you should get your boiler serviced, you may end up keeping your boiler for an extra few years and even adding some extra features such as a new thermostat or timer.