If you have come to the conclusion that your existing boiler needs to be replaced, and sooner rather than later, you are probably now in the process of deciding what the best approach to take will be? Should you pop into a local gas showroom and let them guide you, should you get in touch with an independent firm that specialises in the supply and installation of central heating appliances, or should you take a more DIY approach? In this short article, I am going to share my thoughts on the subject. Having recently gone through the same process myself, I hope that my experiences may save you some wasted time and effort.
Boiler Replacement: Doing Things the Right Way
Let me get my first and most important piece of advice out of the way straight away: DIY is not the way to go when it comes to gas-fired appliances in the home. Unless you happen to be a Gas Safe registered plumber, which I’m not, you should leave it to the experts. Natural gas appliances are very safe when they are properly installed but when they are not, major issues can arise.
Below are a few points to consider when deciding what approach you are going to take.
- Your Location – If you live in a large city, with plenty of plumbing firms and gas showrooms scattered about, you will be able to request quotations from a number of different companies and take your time deciding which is the most appealing. If a small, independent firm is able to do the work for the same price as a national concern, let your personal preference be your guide. As long as they both employ Gas Safe registered installers, you should have nothing to worry about. If you live somewhere more remote, you may have to choose from the two or three firms that happen to operate in your area.
- Environmental Concerns – If you are keen to buy an economical boiler for financial reasons but you would also like it to be the most environmentally friendly option possible, you may find that an independent specialist is more inclined to spend time making sure all your concerns are addressed. Large retailers tend to rely on volume of sales to make a profit, hence they are not too keen on overly demanding customers. You don’t have to go the whole hog and invest in a biomass boiler unless you want to; there are certain makes and models of gas-fired appliances that are more eco-friendly than others.
- Support – Remember that you may need a maintenance or repair engineer in the future so you should probably avoid any firms that are not well-established and that may therefore not be around to help out in a few years’ time.
While practical considerations could come first when considering how to approach your impending combi boiler replacement, don’t forget to listen to your heart too: if you are unsure about a particular supplier or installer, keep looking.Read More..