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Ryan Gill, Engineer

31 Jan : Updated 27 Feb ● 7 min read

New boiler vs boiler repair

The big debate is whether you should continue repairing your boiler or whether a completely new boiler will be easier in the long run. How does a new boiler cost compare to the cost of replacing parts? What is the boiler installation and repair process? In this guide, we’ll go through the pros and cons to each action and recommend the best processes for a perfectly running heating system.

Is a repair really worth it?

A quick repair can certainly be worth it. Just because your boiler isn't working the way it should be, doesn't mean it's the end of the world. Whether you need a new part or just some TLC - after a repair your boiler could last for years afterwards. 

When winter arrives, all homeowners need the peace of mind that our home heaters will consistently deliver. At a time we need them the most, a reliable boiler is a good boiler. However, if there is a problem you’ll need an emergency repair then BOXT is more than happy to take a look at it for you. 

Is a new boiler the right decision?

That's entirely up to you, everyone's boiler situation is different. A new boiler can be a pricey purchase and can sometimes be easier to get a quick boiler repair and wait until you're in a better position financially. However, if you are really struggling with your current boiler then maybe you're ready for an upgrade. When you have a new boiler installed, you’ll be getting upgraded cutting edge technology. With a higher efficiency and an updated system, you’ll save money on those monthly bills. 

Is a new boiler more energy efficient than your current one?

In simple terms, yes. In 2005, new regulations were put into place to ensure that all new boilers installed in a property were condensing. If your boiler was installed before this time, then your boiler may be lacking in efficiency.

Your boiler’s efficiency is rated using percentages and then converted to an A+++ to G rating system. To reach the highest boiler efficiency rating of A+++, the boiler will have to be over 90% efficient. If a boiler falls below 65% efficiency, it will be given a G rating.

What is the cost of a new boiler?

The cost of a new boiler can vary and you'll need to consider how long it takes to fit a new boiler. Before you decide on the right one for you, we’d recommend using our ‘Find A Boiler’ tool. By answering a few simple questions about your fuel type and current set up, we can recommend the most appropriate boilers for you.

So, how much is a new boiler? There’s no doubt that a brand-new boiler is an investment. The cost of a new boiler varies massively depending on the type of boiler and the size of the property. Smaller homes can expect to pay around £2,000 for a new combi boiler or condensing boiler - whereas larger homes will be looking towards the £7,000 mark.

To find out more information on our new boiler deals, chat to our registered expert engineer on our online web chat? - or give us a call!

We can offer you the exact same A rated boiler with prices that are fixed, fair, and final - including professional installation. Use our Find A Boiler tool mentioned above for a new boiler quote.

Read: Why buying a boiler online is the best way

Is a new boiler cheaper than boiler repair?

Repairing your existing boiler or paying for numerous new parts could cost a few hundred pounds each time. When comparing this to new boiler prices, it’s understandable to see why many people prefer the repair route. 

For many customers, they enjoy the peace of mind purchasing a new boiler gives them as it removes the possibility of a future breakdown and inefficiency. 

A new state of the art system from BOXT will last you approximately 15 years. With the potential of a 10 year guarantee. This guarantee covers all the necessary parts and labour costs - to provide you with the best boiler possible. In order to be eligible, just schedule a boiler service each year - so you can sleep easy. 

Having said that, getting a quick repair on your boiler could do the trick. When an engineer fixes the problem for you, there's the potential you may not experience any further issues with it. That's why you need engineers who know what they're doing, like our BOXT engineers.  

New boiler installation - what's the process?

A new boiler system means you’ll need to firstly choose your boiler (why not use the tool we mentioned earlier?). Make sure you have a registered professional carry out the installation for you. Here’s the basic process they’ll go through to get your system up and running:

  • Before your engineer begins the installation - they’ll check a number of things including: the radiators in your property, your water pressure, and the position of your current boiler.
  • For simple jobs such as swapping an old boiler with a new one of the same type - you can expect the job to be completed the same day. However, depending on the age of your system or if you’re having a complete change of boiler type - installation process may be slightly longer. Read our guide to find out how long it takes to install a new boiler.
  • Once the installation is complete, you’ll need to be present at your home in order to go through the new controls and functions on your new boiler. It may also be beneficial for other family members to get to know how it works, too.
  • 6 weeks after installation you’ll be sent a ‘Building Control Certificate’ You’ll also be given a Benchmark Certificate as proof of your new appliance on the day. If you don’t get one, please ask.

How to identify component breakages.

There are many different components in a boiler and it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly which it is when your boiler is on the blink. However, if your boiler or heating system begins to show these signs, you should seek the advice of a professional as soon as possible:

  • The pilot light goes out – this light is responsible for the lighting of gas or electricity. If it goes out, this means that your boiler will not function correctly.
  • Loss of pressure – if your boiler loses pressure, it won’t be able to produce heat effectively. You can check this using your boiler’s pressure gauge.
  • No heat – this is obviously a sign that something is wrong in the functioning of your boiler. You should call an engineer straight away if your boiler is producing little or no heat.

So, what should you do?

Buying a new boiler is a big investment, so it's best to make sure that you're in a position where you can afford it. If you're not, then a repair should do the trick. Moreover, it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to continue  to break in the future. For those who are don't have hot water or heating and your boiler has been condemned then BOXT has finance options available to help you spread the cost of a new boiler. 

We can offer you a replenished state of the art boiler. Covered with warranty and personalised to your home. How much does a new boiler cost from BOXT? How long will it take to install? If you have any more burning questions - get in touch with us by using our live chat and find out about our latest affordable boiler prices.

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