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Boiler Installation: What you need to know

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When it comes to buying a new boiler, it tends to be a decision that most people have to make in a hurry. In most cases, this boiler installation decision comes under pressure in the midst of winter when you’re old boiler is past its days of repair and you’ve found yourself in dire need of heating and hot water. 

When the hope of a simple boiler repair is gone and you find yourself in need of replacement, this can lead to a minefield of big decisions. Choosing the wrong boiler systems can cause a snowball effect of regret that you and your bank balance won’t forget. 

That’s why our experts are here to inform you how to can get the most out of your boiler installation. This includes the key factors of how you can get the most out of your boiler’s life. 

Getting a boiler installation quote 

When you contact a professional service to receive a boiler quote, this should not be a quick two-minute conversation. We strongly believe that a good installer will take all the time necessary to conduct a full heating survey of your home alongside learning about your central heating requirements before providing you with their recommendations on the type of boiler along with the size you need. 

The key things you need to know to get the best boiler installation

In order to get the most out of the process of having a boiler installed, it’s imperative that you inform your boiler installer about your heating and hot water needs in as much detail as possible, along with any future plans you may have for your home. 

You should consider the following questions and relay your answers to your heating engineer;

  • How do you use your hot water?

 It seems like a simple question but it is important for your engineer to know if you need hot water from more than one tap or showerhead at one time. 

  • Do you have a power shower or are planning on having one installed in the future? 

Changing to a combi boiler can have many benefits, such as space-saving in the loft or airing cupboard, but this type of boiler is not usually compatible with a shower that has a powerful electric pump. So if you do decide to install a combi boiler, you will have to ditch the power shower or dream of having one.

  • Does your hot water usage change seasonally? 

For example, do you have more guests staying for seasonal occasions? Consider events like Christmas and summer BBQs.

  • What home improvements are you planning? 

It’s always helpful for your installer to know things about if you are planning to have an extension, loft conversion, solar panels or even underfloor heating added to your home. 

  • What brand of boiler would you like? 

It’s important to consider and do your own research regarding what brand of boiler you may like. The reliability of your boiler relies on whether you choose to buy from a brand that provides quality boilers. Some engineers are incentivized to install boilers from particular brands, so be sure that they are recommending a brand of boiler that benefits you, rather than them.

Checks after installation

After your central heating system has been installed, your installer should be performing completing a series of performance and safety checks. The results from these checks should be recorded in the back of the instruction manual. this forms part of the benchmark process, which is important for the warranty. You should make sure that your installer registers your boiler with the manufacturer to activate the warranty. If, after these checks, you notice cold spots on a radiator or it is taking too long for some radiators to heat up, this is a sign that your system hasn’t been balanced or cleaned properly, so you should contact the installer immediately.

Searching for some more help and guidance on how to get the most out of your boiler installation? At B&R Heating, our boiler services cover Plymouth and the surrounding areas. All of our engineers at our base in Plymouth are on the gas safe register.

Contact us when you need us!