Nowadays, energy efficiency is a big priority. Having an efficient and reliable boiler will help you to save money and lower the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
Lots of people think that the answer to improving energy efficiency is getting a new boiler. This can sometimes help but isn’t always the best thing to do.
We recommend asking yourself these 8 questions before deciding whether to replace your boiler.
1. How efficient is your boiler?
You can check how efficient your boiler is by entering your boiler details on this database. Lots of people get a new boiler because they think that it will be more efficient than their current one. But compare your boiler’s efficiency to a new one before you go ahead and buy it. You may find that your boiler is more efficient than you thought and it’s not worth getting a new one.
2. How old is your boiler?
If your boiler is over 15 years old then it might save you money to replace it. However, check how efficient it is before you replace it – some old boilers can work really well and aren’t worth replacing.
3. Is your boiler reliable?
You need a boiler that you can rely on, especially in the colder months. If your boiler is unreliable then it might be worth replacing. But if it appears to be working well, have a think about whether you actually need a new one.
4. Have you been maintaining your boiler?
If your boiler is unreliable, think about whether you’ve been maintaining it. If you’ve had it serviced regularly and it still isn’t working properly then you might need a new one. But if you’ve been looking after your boiler and it’s efficient then it’s probably worth keeping.
5. Are you spending a lot on repairing your boiler?
If your boiler keeps breaking and needs repairing frequently, work out how much you’ve been spending on it and compare this to the cost of a new boiler. You might find that it makes more financial sense to buy a new boiler rather than keep spending money fixing your current one.
6. How old are your controls?
If you’ve got old-fashioned heating controls that are difficult to use then try replacing these before you get a new boiler. Up-to-date controls make it much easier to control your heating and often make it more efficient.
7. Has your household changed since you bought your last boiler?
To be as energy and cost efficient as possible you need a boiler that suits your household needs. You might find that your household has grown or shrunk since you bought your existing boiler. If this is the case then it might be a good idea to get a new boiler that is better suited to your household size.
8. Can you get financial help with a new boiler?
You might be eligible for financial help with buying a new boiler if you have a low income or are on certain benefits. This is through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which is a government scheme designed to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Funding could make a big difference to you if you need a new boiler but don’t feel you can afford one. To learn more about the scheme and whether you’re eligible, visit the Ofgem website.
If you do decide you need a new boiler, make sure you get several quotes from different boiler engineers. This will help you to get the best price possible.