My 20-year-old system boiler had broken down with repairs resulting in the same cost as a brand new budget boiler i.e. £400 – £500.
I then started investigating price ranges and the pros & cons of different types of boiler systems – combi’s vs system boilers.
I was told by different plumbers that combi’s are only good for flats, and system boilers are better for houses. As a system boiler replacement for me, personally, was less disruptive than putting in a Combi, I simply opted for another system boiler.
Then it was a question of how much to spend. I discovered there are broadly 3 price ranges:
- Budget boilers (£400+)
- Mid-Range (£700+)
- High-Range (£1000+)
I opted for mid-range but changed to high-range at the last minute as although the initial cost was higher, I worked out that I would save more money in the long run due to less call outs & repairs.
This is because the high-range boiler is more energy efficient. Also parts are mostly steel compared to plastic (& readily available). This mean’t fewer days off from work waiting for plumbers to turn up if boiler breaks down!
I’m glad I did, as I am now saving nearly £400 per year on my gas bill!
Image: Emilian Robert Vicol