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Homeowner Dilemma - Repair or Replace the Boiler

It is the ultimate financial dilemma - repair or replace a boiler. Should you spend the one off high cost of a new boiler and have a peace of mind for a few years or rather save the money and keep the boiler ticking along with a few small repairs every year?

UK homeowners aim to run an energy efficient home to keep the costs down and the heat up. After all, it can save you time, money and improve the environment.  The government has started to focus on energy efficiency as well.  Building Regulations now include set standards that all hot water and heating systems must meet.  A hurting economy and ever-increasing prices adds further pressure.  Now, more homeowners than ever are having trouble paying the bills.cost_of_heating_1_400

Climate change is making energy efficiency even more important.  With the number of natural disasters attributed to climate change increasing, the public is beginning to take notice.  Homeowners often wonder what they can do to improve the current situation.  There are a number of simple adjustments that can be made to make your home as energy efficient as possible.  Ensuring that the home has high-efficiency heating and hot water systems is a good first step.  The consumer should be aware of the many options available to them.

High efficiency boiler technology can prove extremely worthwhile.  When faced with the decision to replace or repair their boiler, consumers are often unsure of what to do.  They should be supplied all the facts so that they can make the choice that is best for their home.  It is common for the homeowner to depend on the installer to provide guidance.  Therefore, the installer plays quite a large part in this whole process.

Boilers are often expensive.  When consumers consider this and the additional installation fees, they usually choose to just repair their current boiler instead of investing in a new high efficiency boiler.  This can prove to be a costly mistake.  Older boilers can be repaired but their level of efficiency can never be improved.  A faulty boiler just creates problems and produces unnecessary expenses.  The cost of repair and running of older boilers is usually higher that the price of total system replacement.

It is also important to think about the environmental impact your decision will make.  UK homes produce 21% of all the carbon dioxide produced in the country.  Heating and hot water systems are responsible for 80% of that figure.  Efficiency cuts the cost of bills but it also helps the UK reach its goal of decreasing carbon emissions by 20% by the year 2010.  Heating and hot water accounts for the majority of the typical fuel bill, if your boiler is over ten years old a replacement would be worth the high initial costs. High efficiency boilers can cut bills by 30% and the average family home can save about 200 yearly.  

There are a number of UK companies the produce heating and hot water systems of various makes and models.  Important features to look for include cast aluminium-silicon heat exchanger, brass waterset, efficient pump, and a concealed system connection that increases system performance.  Installation can be made quick and easy with models that contain a centrally located telescopic flue kit with preformed connections and pre-fitted mains electrical lead.  Drop-down controls and spacious interiors make servicing the system easy.  Radio frequency, RF, controller versions and a variety of warranty plans are available for the consumer.

This page has been written with contributions from Gas Safe engineers from Middlesex and qualified plumbers from Bayswater. Several of the company's plumbing and heating engineers from Oxfordshire have worked on similar issues as well as some of our heating engineers from Holland Park and our Ilford plumbers.

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