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Four boiler installation FAQs

Replacing your old boiler can make your home more sustainable and energy efficient. If you are struggling to decide on a new boiler or want to know how long your boiler installation could take, we have put together the answers to four FAQs.

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1. How efficient is my boiler?

All new boilers installed after 2010 must have an energy efficiency of at least 88 per cent. If you have an older boiler, the chances are that it won’t be A-grade efficient and could be costing you money.

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A modern A-rated condensing boiler with an eco-mode setting is a sustainable choice and should be at least 92 per cent efficient.

2. What types of boiler are available?

Combi boilers are the most popular type of boiler in the UK. These combine central heating and water heating functions in one unit and are space saving because there is no need for a tank.

If you have several bathrooms, it may be better to choose a system boiler with a cylinder tank or a regular boiler. Your boiler accounts for over 60 per cent of your home’s emissions, so choosing wisely can significantly improve your energy efficiency.

3. How do I know whether my boiler needs to be repaired or replaced?

Most common boiler faults are a quick fix, but it can be difficult to know whether your boiler needs to be repaired or replaced. Having a regular boiler service in Gloucester or elsewhere in the UK can help to avoid issues.

A reputable Gas Safe registered company such as HPR Services will help you to make the decision whether to repair or replace and should be able to suggest an energy-efficient replacement.

4. How much will a new boiler cost?

This is an important factor in the decision to replace an old boiler. There are several variables that can affect the cost, including the size of the new boiler and the complexity of the installation. Several grants are available to cover all or part of the cost if you choose an energy-efficient model, with payment plans also available.

If you have made the decision to replace your old boiler, most installations can be carried out in a day. Make sure you get quotes for a replacement boiler that also cover the cost of installation so that there are no hidden surprises.