Boilers, Boilers, Boilers: Life span of a boiler and which type of boiler is best for me?
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Which type of boiler is best for me?
Now that the winter season is creeping upon us do not leave replacing your boiler until the last minute. At Fixed Price Trade we pride ourselves on recommending the best type of boiler for your property and your usage.
Life span of a boiler
It is recommended by Fixed Price Trade Pros and boiler manufactures that a boiler should be replaced every 12 to 15 years. Although a boiler may not be broken, it will still need replacing as it will no longer be efficient. When a boiler is inefficient it means that it will be using more energy then it needs or that you are getting the benefit from, therefore creating an increase in your utility bills. No one wants to pay for energy they are not getting the benefit of!
Types of Boiler
Conventional boilers - also known as open vent or regular boilers - have both a cylinder and a tank. The conventional boiler can give you both heating and hot water. When hot water is needed for a property that has a conventional boiler, the boiler must be turned on in advance to have time to heat the cylinder ready for hot water to be produced.
The Pros of having a conventional boilers
With a conventional boiler hot water can be gained from multiple taps at the same time, therefore perfect for large homes with several bathrooms. This type of boiler is also suitable for properties which need to have hot water in more than one place at the same time, such as house shares and student accommodation.
The Cons of having a conventional boiler
A conventional boiler does have a downside, due to the fact hot water is gained from the boiler heating the cylinder tank there is a limited amount of hot water, as once all the hot water is used in the cylinder, the boiler will need to be put back on to heat the cylinder again which takes time. In addition a customer will need to find room for the cylinder and the tank, this is usually fine in properties that have loft space to conceal a cylinder out of site, however it can become a problem for properties such as flats and bungalows that do not have loft space and will need to find room for a cylinder to be placed.
Combination boilers also known as combi’s
What is a combi boiler?
Combination boilers - more commonly known as combi boilers - are the most popular kind of boilers in the UK and provide heat and hot water with no need for water tanks or cylinders. You can pick either a gas or electric combi boiler to suit your preference.
The Pros of having a combi boiler
With a combi boiler a property is able to have unlimited hot water for as and when it is needed. There is no need for a cylinder tank to be placed in your property, which is a great benefit for bungalows and flats that do not have a loft space. A combi boiler is also a smaller and more compact boiler then the conventional boiler which makes them less of an eyesore as they do not need to take up much space and can be placed within a cupboard.
The Cons of having a combi boiler
As a combination boiler gives instant water, the water pressure may be reduced for the reason if hot water is needed from more than one appliance at a time. A combi boiler would not be recommended for a large house with several bathrooms as water pressure would be reduced. In a battle to stop the water pressure dropping a larger wattage boiler may have to be installed to what the property actually needs which means the actual price of the boiler will be more expensive as well as, with a larger wattage boiler, utility bills may increase.
Keeping a conventional instead of converting to a combi boiler:
The Pros of keeping a conventional boiler from converting to combi boiler
Although converting to a combi boiler to have access to unlimited hot water may seem an attractive idea, for a conversion to take place from a conventional boiler the heating system will need to be pressurised. If a property has old pipe work pressurising the system could lead to leaks and radiators cracking. Therefore, it is always important to have a professional heating engineer like our Pros at Fixed Price Trade to complete a full survey of an existing heating system before undergoing this work. The last thing anyone wants in winter, when christmas is looming, is having to pay for a full repipe due to a cowboy fitting a combi boiler onto an existing system that is too old.
Boiler brands and guarantees
Over the last couple of months we at Fixed Price Trade have noticed that within the North East; including Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham that the Worcester branded boiler has been the most popular. Worcester boilers have been recommended by Which. They come with a 10 year manufactures guarantee that help keep your mind at rest when purchasing this brand of boiler.
The UK branded Baxi boiler has now increased its manufactures warranty to 10 years. Here at Fixed Price Trade we are noticing the increase in the brand Baxi being requested as it is now rivalling the Worcester brand, due to the new extended guarantee. Again, alike the Worcester, the Baxi has been voted a which best buy.
Ideal brand have prized themselves on creating a compact attractively designed boiler. This boiler is small in size and modernly designed. Fixed Price Trade would recommend this brand of boiler for those who do not have a lot of space for a boiler in their property or a convenient cupboard. This brand of boiler comes with a 7 year guarantee and also voted a which best buy.
The vaillent boiler has also been a popular long standing brand. This brand of boiler offer a 5 year guarantee on purchase.
Potter ton as a brand have prized themselves on being a long withstanding house hold brand, in the last 150 years, 7 million boilers. The Potterton brand comes with a 7 year warranty same as the Ideal branded boilers.
Glow worm boiler-
The brand Glow worm has been manufacturing since 1934. This boiler comes with a 10 year warranty comparable to the Worcester and Baxi branded boilers. This length of guarantee would help keep any customers mind at rest.
All brands of boilers mentioned above are fitted by FixedPriceTrade Pro’s as we only fit the most reliable and recommended brands to ensure that our customers are satisfied and have peace of mind.
Replacing an old boiler
Here at Fixed Price Trade when replacing an old boiler we do not give customers upfront quotes then once the job is in process invoice the customer for ‘unforeseen’ added extras!
At Fixed Price Trade our customers will only be given a Fixed Price quote once a survey of the old boiler and heating system has taken place so there is no hidden extras once the quote is provided! Our Pro’s are the best of the best and will recommended the best boiler type, size and brand to suit your every needs. Boilers come in numerous kilowatt sizes that can be confusing for a customer, our Pro’s would be able to tell you the best size of boiler to get to make the most energy saving on your property.
Through a technical survey with one of our Pros you will be able to have a chance to ask one to one questions, have a walk through of your heating system and be able to gain explanations for costs. At Fixed Price Trade we believe that our customers should know exactly what they are paying for and be able to ask as many questions as they want!
Once the perfect boiler is supplied and installed for your property testing and certification will take place by our Pros to ensure your boiler is working to its full capacity helping you to save on your energy bills!
With Christmas round the corner every little helps as the North East as we all know becomes very cold very quick in winter! Don't leave having a boiler fitted until the last minute and risking paying thousands of pounds for poor service.
Our pros fit boilers across the North East incl, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Teesside incl Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Stockton, Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Jesmond, Morpeth, South Sheilds....