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Should I Repair or Replace the Boiler?

Should I repair or replace my boiler?

If your boiler keeps on breaking down, your situation is no fun at all.

We all take our central heating systems for granted and when they break down, it can be a very stressful time for all the family…

  • Plates start piling up in the kitchen sink
  • We can’t take a relaxing bath
  • We can’t face taking a cold shower in the morning
  • If it’s during the colder months, it’s as cold inside as it is outside

I know this already! Should I replace or repair my faulty boiler?

5 Questions to help you decide between boiler repair and replacement

Are spare parts available?

Before deciding to have your boiler repaired, find out if parts are still readily available. Boiler manufacturers typically discontinue spares and accessories on some makes of boilers 10 years old or more.

Is your boiler a condensing boiler?

Since 2004 building regulations insisted that high efficiency condensing boilers be installed, so if your boiler was installed pre-2004 it’s likely that it’s not so energy efficient so your fuel bills are unnecessarily higher than they could be.

What’s the cost difference between repair and replacement?

Although some boiler or central heating system repairs can run into many hundreds of pounds, it may on the surface seem cheaper than the cost of a new boiler. However, remember that when repairs are carried out on your boiler or central heating system, it’s only the parts that repairers have replaced that can be guaranteed and doesn’t prevent another part going bad/wearing out and needing replacement.

Are there other hidden costs of repairs?

If your boiler is regularly breaking down remember it’s not just the repair bills itself. You may have had to take time off work (and possibly lost income) to wait for an engineer to arrive.

Advanced Heating & Plumbing can give you a detailed report on the condition of your boiler and likely future repair bills to help you make a clear decision that’s best for you, your family and your pocket.

What are the benefits of fitting a new boiler?

Getting a new boiler will save you thousands of pounds when you take into account repair bills (remember that our new boilers come with a minimum 10 year guarantee), energy consumption bills and lost income from taking time off work to wait for heating engineers.

What’s my next step?

Contact us, Advanced Heating & Plumbing on 0800 328 0449 for friendly impartial advice and a no-obligation quote.

More Questions to help you decide between boiler repair and replacement

How old is your boiler?

Before having your boiler repaired, try to find out if parts are still readily available. After 10 years boiler manufacturers tend to discontinue spares and accessories on some makes of boilers.

If your boiler is over ten years old, it may not be as efficient as a new boiler in providing hot water or central heating and, due to its age, could be costing you far more money in the future to run or keep repairing. Also, it’s worth considering if your boiler is safe to use and whether installing a new boiler should be explored.

How energy efficient is your boiler compared to having a new one?

If your boiler is over 7 years old, the chances are that it might not be a condensing boiler.

High efficiency condensing boilers were installed from approx 2004, when it became a building regulation that new, high efficiency boilers had to be installed.

If you are not sure what energy rating your boiler is, you can just contact us at Advanced Heating & Plumbing and we will tell you what your existing boilers‘ energy rating is.

With energy prices going up, it’s becoming more vital that your boiler is energy efficient, which can save you up-to 38% year on your fuel costs. The cost of running your boiler needs to be taken into consideration, if you are going to repair your existing boiler and not replace it with new.

How much is this boiler repair (really) going to cost?

Some boiler or central heating system repairs can run into many hundreds of pounds, but compared to the cost of a new boiler, it can seem a lot less. But you have to ask yourself: are you spending your money wisely?

When you have a repair carried out on your boiler or central heating system, you need to remember that it’s only the parts that repairers have replaced, that can be guaranteed.

Has your boiler always been reliable?

You must weigh up the general condition of the boiler and the central heating system when having a repair, as you don’t want (or need) the expense of repairs on your existing boiler every couple of months. Plus it’s stressful and you’ll have to take time off work and wait for an engineer to arrive.
Advanced Heating & Plumbing can give you a detailed report to help you make a clear decision that’s best for you, your family and your pocket. Whatever you do, don’t get ripped off by less than reputable plumbers and remember we’re here to help!

Will fitting a new boiler solve your heating problems?

There really isn’t much to lose if you’re getting a new boiler fitted and quite frankly a ton to gain!

Advanced Heating & Plumbing provide up-to 10 years parts and labour on your boiler, as long as you’ve serviced every year by a Gas-Safe Registered heating engineer (like us!).

Of course, having a new boiler fitted can be a costly job, but if you look upon it as a long-term investment, can save you thousands of pounds (if done correctly) and help you save money on energy bills, repairs and costly service plans and insurances – none of which will be needed as you’ll have a long guarantee with your new boiler.

Make sure whoever fits your boiler that they’ve been certified and officially trained by the manufacture of the boiler, so they can offer you extended guarantees like we can.

This also gives you the assurance that your boiler will be installed to the manufacturer’s specification, while giving your boiler installation a problem-free future.

What’s my next step?

Contact us, Advanced Heating & Plumbing on 0800 for friendly impartial advice and a no-obligation quote.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this website if for general information purposes only. You should not rely upon the material or information on the website as a basis for making any decisions or actions and we don’t accept liability for anything you chose to do with the information.

Read our guide to new boiler and installation costs to find out what you can expect to pay.

For a list of frequently asked questions, please review this page. If you’re still unsure, contact us and we’ll do our best to help you decide the best course of action to take with your boiler.