It’s any homeowner’s worst nightmare. You want hot water for your shower but discover the boiler has faulted and now won’t work. Unfortunately this happens and often it can be unable to prevent. What’s important though is to act quickly and deal with the situation with boiler repairs.
First off, don’t look to carry out repairs yourself. You’ll need a Gas Safe registered engineer to complete boiler repairs and it’s illegal to work on a gas boiler without the appropriate accreditation.
What would be useful though is to know how much boiler parts are likely to cost before speaking with an engineer.
Common boiler repairs
Adrian Fuller’s boiler company are very highly rated on Which? and the consumer watchdog asked Adrian to provide an idea of prices for common boiler parts.
The table below shows the cost you could expect to pay, including VAT, parts and labour. Don’t take this as gospel though because costs can vary depending on the boiler. Labour costs can also differ.
Essentially it becomes very important to use a reputable boiler engineer for any work you want completed. There are several ways to guarantee this, but try asking friends or family for a recommendation. You can also use our free service to receive four quotes from professional engineers in your area.
When you have successfully chosen an engineer and they’ve quoted for the work then ask for a breakdown which includes the parts, call-out fee, labour and VAT.
Having a regular boiler service (once a year) should help to lengthen the life expectancy of your own boiler. Any potential problems can be identified and fixed early enough before the boiler faults. A boiler service will cost on average around £84.
Repair or replace?
Of course, sometimes it’ll be more economical to replace a boiler rather than continue to carry out boiler repairs. Inefficient boilers will add up to £310 to your annual energy bills and when you add a repair charge you may decide a new boiler is more worthwhile.
When it comes down to this, weigh up how much it’ll cost to repair the boiler in comparison to paying for a new one. The amount you save with a new boiler will vary, mainly depending on the brand and type of boiler you choose.
The boiler scrappage scheme is no longer available in the UK, but some companies do offer their own version of the scheme.
Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share
- Heating accounts for around 60% of the annual household bill and a new boiler can slash expenses.
- By replacing your old and inefficient boiler you can save up to £310 a year according to the Energy Saving Trust.
- Energy prices have doubled since 2004 and will double again by 2020, so secure your energy future with an A-rated boiler.
- An annual boiler service costs between £50 and £100 but could save you hundreds of pounds on future repair work.
- With a new boiler you can slash carbon dioxide emissions by a whopping 1,200kg each year.