As winter closes in the last thing you need is a boiler breakdown – but unfortunately it’s not really something you can plan to avoid. If you currently heat your home with a combi boiler unit, however, then you might be pleased to know that sorting out a replacement is a lot easier than you might think. With no radiators, copper piping or old hot water storage tanks, it’s simply a case of choosing a new, similar model and getting it sent round with an installation contractor as soon as they are available.
That doesn’t mean, of course, that there aren’t certain things you should consider when replacing your broken combi boiler with a new unit. To help you plan carefully and have a replacement combi-boiler fitted in a matter of days, we’ve listed the top four tips that will come in handy when choosing that all important new model:
Buy a similar-sized combi boiler unit
It may sound obvious, but it is surprising how many people choose the most fancy or elaborate combi boiler they find without thinking about exactly where it’s going to go. Fortunately, if you already have a combi boiler unit then you already have the perfect place for a replacement – as long as you don’t order one drastically larger than the space you currently have available. Before you start flicking through a list of new boilers, take down the measurements of your old model, if you still have its instruction manual you might even be able to find them in there. That way you can keep these beside you as a ‘size-limit’ quota when ordering the replacement.
Choose the right model
Do some research and choose the right combi boiler type for your home. There are a wide range of makes and models available, including options from Vaillant, Baxi and Glow-Worm. Find a combi boiler that can cater to your heating and hot water needs, ask for advice from the combi boiler manufacturer or retailer if you’re unsure what you’re looking for.
Test all controls and switches
Another obvious one, but nevertheless important; if you can’t work all the controls, levers and/or thermostats by yourself, then your boiler won’t run properly. Don’t be scared to ask the installer exactly how things work, and if necessary even ask them to stay for a bit while you test everything out – at any rate it saves you calling them back and paying a top-up charge later on.
Check the warranty / guarantee
Finally, make sure you get a full warranty or guarantee with your replacement combi boiler – once you’ve made the purchase it’s too late to go back and ask for one, so always check this comes under the asking price before you sign for anything. Look out too for just how long the replacement combination boiler is covered, and whether or not you get free repairs and maintenance for a while after installation – that way you might be able to save a bit of extra money and avoid any more unpleasant boiler breakdowns.