Boiler

You could save £390 every year

Start your boiler check:

  • Locate your boiler
  • Find out the age of your boiler 
  • When did you last get it serviced?

How can I save money

It is a simple fact that old boilers cost a lot more to run than newer, condensing models. This is true for all fuels.

If you own a really old boiler, and a lot of people do, then you could make a saving of nearly £300 every year. By including modern controls this saving could become even higher. 

The cost of a new system can start from under £2000 if you shop around, but it will depend on the age of your system and whether you also a have a hot water tank.

Some boilers can be fitted with a product called a Gas Saver. This extension can increase the money saved by an additional £90 per year.

Do you get your boiler serviced? Most of us don’t and by not doing so we are missing the opportunity to save up to 15% on our gas bill every year. Boiler servicing is also a safety procedure to check everything is working correctly and your health is not being put at risk. 

Why can’t I just keep my old boiler going?

A lot of people are happy to patch up their old boiler in the hope that it will last one more winter. However we’ve all woken up in the morning, touched a cold radiator and had that sinking feeling that the boiler has broken.

For that reason it is always best to replace your boiler when you know that it is coming to the end of its lifespan. It is much better to replace it on your own terms than having to shower at the gym for a week.

What to buy?

Replacing your boiler is actually a very easy process. There are over 60,000 heating businesses in the UK who could replace your boiler. An engineer is probably living in your street.  

All engineers must be registered with Gas Safe and it is important that you look them up on the Gas Safe Register  just to make sure.

We always recommend getting at least three quotes. Select from a range of companies from local to larger organisations who may be able to offer more flexible means of payment.

The engineer will be able to suggest the best heating system for your home. For more information on the different types of heating systems please visit the HHIC’s information page .

Maintaining my heating system

Maintaining a heating system is often overlooked. All heating systems should be serviced on a regular basis. 

Heating systems should also include products to help keep them free of dirt.

These can include:

  • Chemical Inhibitors - These help reduce the build up of sludge and scale and reduce the level of corrosion inside the heating system. They can help boost a heating system's effectiveness by 3%
  • Dirt Separators - Separators work by essentially passing the heating system fluid through a magnetic field. Any metal deposits are collected and removed from the system. These can help reduce heating bills by around 10%
  • Power Flush - Before installing a new heating appliance the system should be flushed. This will help to clear out any existing debris that may have been collected in the system. By not flushing your system before use you will not be getting the full efficiency of your new appliance.

Help

Locate your boiler 

Your boiler is normally a white box with a number of pipes entering it. If you have an airing cupboard it may be in there, or in a utility room. 

Otherwise it may be in a cupboard. 

So if you have a box that makes noises when your heating comes on, you can be certain that it is likely to be your boiler.

How old is my boiler?

Determining the exact age of your boiler can be difficult. The best way to find out is to locate the original documentation from the installation. Original paperwork should have a dated engineer’s report.

If not you can look for the serial number on the boiler and contact the manufacturer to find out.

Failing that look and see if it has a pilot light. This is a blue flame shown at the front of the boiler. If it has a pilot light then it is an old non-condensing boiler and you should start to consider replacing it.

Help with Costs and Grants

In England and Wales please contact the Energy Saving Trust  for potential help with the cost of a new boiler.

In Scotland there is an active Boiler Scrappage scheme.

In Northern Ireland there is a Boiler Replacement allowance, click here to see if you are eligible .

More information:

http://centralheating.co.uk/heating-types/boilers

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/wales/Heating-and-hot-water/Replacing-your-boiler

http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/

Boiler

You could save 1970kg of carbon every year

Start your boiler check:

  • Locate your boiler
  • Find out the age of your boiler
  • When did you last get it serviced?

How can I save carbon

It is a simple fact that old boilers produce a lot more carbon than newer, condensing models. This is true for all fuels.

Many people still own very old boilers. However if you update to a new model then you could ensure a yearly carbon saving of nearly 1270kg. If you also purchase modern controls for your boiler then the carbon savings could become even higher. 

The cost of a new system can start from under £2000 if you shop around, but it will depend on the age of your system and whether you also a have a hot water tank.

Is it kinder to the environment to just keep my old boiler going?

The carbon used to manufacture a new boiler is far lower than the amount saved by replacing an older model with a new one.

Modern boilers essentially recycle an amount of the heat produced to save extra carbon. You can purchase an extension (a GasSaver) that fits a number of models that recycles even more heat. This will further reduce the amount of gas needed to heat the water, increasing carbon savings to almost 2000kg.

What to buy?

Replacing your boiler is actually a very easy process. There are over 60,000 heating businesses in the UK who could replace your boiler. A local engineer is probably living in your street.  

The best place to search is the Gas Safe Register . All engineers must be registered with Gas Safe.

We always recommend getting at least three quotes. You can select from a range of companies from local to larger organisations who may be able to offer more flexible means of payment.

The engineer will be able to suggest the best heating system for your home. For more information on the different types of heating systems please visit the HHIC’s info page .

 

Maintaining my heating system

Maintaining a heating system is often overlooked. All heating systems should be serviced on a regular basis. 

Heating systems should also include products to help keep them free of dirt.

These can include:

  • Chemical Inhibitors - These help reduce the build up of sludge and scale and reduce the level of corrosion inside the heating system. They can help boost a heating system's effectiveness by 3%
  • Dirt Separators - Separators work by essentially passing the heating system fluid through a magnetic field. Any metal deposits are collected and removed from the system. These can help reduce heating bills by around 10%
  • Power Flush - Before installing a new heating appliance the system should be flushed. This will help to clear out any existing debris that may have been collected in the system. By not flushing your system before use you will not be getting the full efficiency of your new appliance.

Help

Locate your boiler

Your boiler is normally a white box with a number of pipes entering it. If you have an airing cupboard it may be in there, or in a utility room. 

Otherwise it may be in a cupboard. 

So if you have a box that makes noises when your heating comes on, that is probably your boiler.

How old is my boiler? 

Determining the exact age of your boiler can be difficult. The best way is if your have the original documentation from the installation. This should have an engineer’s report that should be dated. 

If not you can look for the serial number on the boiler and contact the manufacturer to find out.

Failing that look and see if it has a pilot light. This is a blue flame shown at the front of the boiler. If it has a pilot light then it is an old non-condensing boiler and you should start to consider replacing it.

Help with Costs and Grants

In England and Wales please contact the Energy Saving Trust for potential help with the cost of a new boiler.

In Scotland there is an active Boiler Scrappage scheme.

In Northern Ireland there is a Boiler Replacement allowance, click here to see if you are eligible .

More information:

http://centralheating.co.uk/heating-types/boilers

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/wales/Heating-and-hot-water/Replacing-your-boiler

http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/