We understand that buying a new boiler is a big investment, and you need to be sure of getting it right. Your boiler is also the heart of your home – keeping you warm and comfortable – so it’s vital you make the right choice when the time comes to replace it.
You’ve probably got lots of questions: how long does a boiler last? When does a boiler need replacing? What sort of boiler do I need? We’ve also got advice on how to go about getting a new boiler and, when you’ve had it installed, how to make your new boiler last longer.
Your boiler should last from 10 to 15 years if you have it serviced annually and look after it properly. A brand new boiler will provide you with highly efficient heating and hot water; even if it is 15 years old and still working, it won’t be working so efficiently, and your heating may be costing you more than it should. According to the Energy Saving Trust, you could save up to £315 a year on your energy bills if you replace an old inefficient gas boiler with a new boiler, controller, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves.
Your old boiler could also be increasing your carbon footprint, which is something we are all trying to reduce these days.
Here are some signs that it may be time to think about changing your boiler:
Use our easy ‘Find a boiler’ tool. By answering a few simple questions, we’ll advise you on the best Baxi boiler for your needs.
Or ask your Gas Safe registered installer to carry out a survey of your home and advise you of the type of boiler you need for all your heating and hot water requirements. They will look at your existing system to determine whether you need any replacement pipework or controls to meet the latest Building Regulations, and will also evaluate your home – number of rooms, windows, insulation etc – to calculate the output of boiler to suit your needs.
We recommend you get three quotes from Gas Safe registered engineers to do the work. You may have recommendations from friends and family, or you can use our Find an Installer tool. Simply enter your postcode, and you’ll find Gas Safe registered heating engineers in your area.
Once you’ve accepted a quote for your boiler installation, your engineer will schedule the work. Straightforward installation of a combi boiler typically takes around a day. They should also carry out a power flush of the system to get rid of all the debris in the system before fitting the new boiler.
When the installation is complete, the installer will complete the Benchmark checklist, show you how the boiler works and how to operate the controls properly.
If you look after it, your boiler will give you many years of good service.