Replacing your gas boiler

Replacing your gas boiler is a big decision to make but swapping it for a high efficiency one could provide you with great savings in the long run. According to the Energy Saving Trust, boilers account for approximately 55% of what you spend on your annual energy bills, so an efficient boiler can make a huge difference.Boiler Vector heatingInstalling a new A-rated high-efficiency condensing boiler could significantly reduce the carbon emissions produced from your house and save you as much as £305 a year.

Top Tips

Here are some tips to help you decide whether or not it’s the right time to replace your boiler:
  • If your boiler frequently breaks down or needs parts replacing then it may be time to invest in a new boiler.
  • If your boiler has a continuous pilot light. The pilot light is the flame you can see through a small window on the front of some boilers. This is something older boilers have and it can waste a lot gas.
  • If you cannot control your heating for example if the controls or the time isn’t flexible or there’s no thermostat, a new boiler with these features could significantly reduce your energy bills. With some boilers it is possible to just install a control system.
  •  Some older boilers have a ‘dry cycle’ which can waste a lot of energy. The way this works is that when your heating is on and your home has heated to the temperature set by a thermostat instead of switching off it put the heating into an overflow radiator (often found in the bathroom). This wastes energy as it is heating your house when it doesn’t need to be heated.
  • If the energy rating on your currently boiler is G it might be a good idea to replace it with a newer one.
  • If you are selling or renovating your home, it is the perfect time to replace it as it could add value to your home.
The price of a new boiler can be quite expensive, prices vary depending on the brand and efficiency of them. A new boiler could cost anything from £500 to £2,500 so it’s important that a significant amount of research is put into which boiler is right for your home. The cost to replace your boiler could take an average of 7 years to pay off through the savings you will make with your new boiler.For further information on replacing your boiler and finding an engineer visit The Energy Saving Trust website.