One of the largest purchases you’ll make is when replacing your boiler. Boilers are expensive pieces of equipment, so making sure you get it right first time is vital.
The first thing you need to decide on is your budget.
It’s all well and good saying that you should get a top of the range boiler with all the bells and whistles, but unless it is within your price range that isn’t going to be of any help.
Boilers typically range in price from around £600 up to roughly £2,500, with some outliers on either side.
There are all sorts of different boiler types that you could go for, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
As mentioned, this is a big purchase – so set aside some time to look through all the major boiler types and decide which one is right for you.
For most, a combi or condensing boiler is the right choice, but there are specialised boilers that might work perfectly for your situation.
Once you know what you want, it’s time to decide where to get it.
Going to industry giants like British Gas for a boiler quote is a good idea, but you should also check for smaller companies and independent traders as these are often where the best prices are found.
You can check sites like the Competent Person Register for local, qualified engineers.
You will want at least 3 boiler quotes in writing from different companies. Not only does this let you see what price range you are looking at, some companies will match a given boiler quote.
Ask for the price of installation on its own, as well as boiler plus installation if available for your model. Sometimes you can save money by buying the boiler separately, whereas other times it will be cheaper to buy the boiler from the company installing it.
And don’t pay for a boiler quote! Most companies will offer a free boiler quote, so there’s really no need to pay for one.
Once you have your boiler quotes, you shouldn’t just pick the cheapest option. Not all pricings are going to be equal, so taking a look at the fine print is always advised.
In particular, warranties and guarantees can significantly change the value of a boiler quote.
Manufacturer’s warranties usually last a year, so any quotes that offer one year warranties included are actually offering you nothing.
Some companies do offer longer warranties and guarantees, usually on the condition of annual boiler checks. These boiler quotes are often the best ones to consider, if pricing is competitive.
We hope this guide on how to choose the right boiler quote has helped you. By following this guide, you should be able to find the best boiler price for you, saving you money and hassle.
As a word of warning, though – getting the cheapest deal is not worth it if your engineer is not registered with Gas Safe. Always check for a Gas Safe ID Card, and if your engineers does not have one, do not allow them to carry out any work.