Boilers and central heating repairs and replacements can be expensive. We discuss many of the aspects about different types of boilers plus useful tips on how the condition of your boiler can impact the sale of your home.
Together. with Bolton gas and plumbing company, Heald Services, we explore the pros and cons of different boilers, from combi boilers to full system boilers to help you choose the right one for your property.
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Quite often, the unsung hero of any home is the domestic boiler.
It plays an almost invisible role in our lives, providing hot water and heating on demand, whenever we need it.
They come in all shapes and sizes, some even sporting hi-tech interfaces that can communicate with you through an app on your phone. However, it still remains one of those functional areas of the household that we regularly take for granted - that is, until something goes wrong.
If you've ever suffered the misfortune of having to endure a wintery evening without warm radiators or a choice of water temperatures, you'll soon develop a newfound respect for these unassuming metal boxes that live in the airing cupboard.
Top Northwest gas & plumbing expert, Danny Heald, from Heald Services understands the panic caused when the boiler suddenly goes on the blink.
There are many options on the market, which at first glance can seem overwhelming. But, if your boiler does need replacing, in reality you only have three different types to choose from.
Number one. Conventional boilers have a traditional heating mechanism and a separate cylinder to store the hot water. They need a cold water tank in the loft to refill the cylinder and also another tank to help maintain the pressure in the radiators. They're good if you have frequently used, multiple bathrooms or an older style radiator system requiring low water pressure.
Number two. System boilers, on the other hand, are a more modern alternative, combining more of the heating components within the boiler itself. They still require a cylinder to store hot water but you can choose a pressurized cylinder which eradicates the need for separate cold water tanks.
Number three. The biggest space saver is the Combi, which doesn't require any separate tanks as it takes water directly from the mains supply and provide unlimited instant hot water. The downside, however, is that they can struggle with large or high demand households so tend to suit smaller properties and apartments. They can also be expensive to install if you're converting from an older system.
The boiler that's right for you really depends on your situation and your budget.
"The cheapest option would be a like for like swap as this just involves changing one boiler for the new unit. Prices for such systems from between £1800 to £3000. A modern 'system' boiler and pressurised cylinder would be the ideal choice for a larger dwelling with multiple bathrooms and high hot water demand.
Prices for this type of system range from around £5000 to state of the art systems like this behind me being onwards and upwards of £15,000."
The other factor to consider is the impact a boilers quality and condition can have when listing a property for sale on the market.
Most buyers, when viewing properties, will usually make some kind of enquiry as to the state of the current boiler.
"It's question we get asked time and time again from people viewing properties and there are good reasons for that, with the cost of replacing a boiler or a central heating system potentially running into the thousands.
Many people view the good working order of the boiler and the central heating system, er, to be a good general measure of how well the property has been looked after by the current owners.
Most people will take those costs into consideration when making an offer on a property and so as an estate agent we think it's always worthwhile having your boiler serviced prior to listing the property and of course sharing that service history with us.
Obviously, having a brand new boiler or central heating system can also be a great selling point.
If you're a buyer and you've got any concerns about the costs of repairing or replacing the heating system, don't forget to raise those with your agent."
At Hill's we're always here to help and we have access to a whole network of high quality local experts who can give you the best advice for any situation that could occur with the boiler or heating system.