Regular readers who have been around for a little while might remember my Artic Christmas where we woke up on Christmas morning a few years ago to find that our boiler had thrown a fit and decided that we would be spending Christmas without any form of heating or hot water. It didn’t ruin Christmas at all but Christmas spent snuggled under blankets certainly wasn’t the day we’d planned!
Since then we’ve taken out boiler insurance because we now know from experience that boiler breakdowns can be super expensive, from the callouts to the repairs and potential water damage, not to mention the money you’ll need to shell out if you need to have your boiler replaced. For a family on a budget, with little or no savings, you might struggle to decide between replacing a part and getting a new boiler. I hope this handy little guide will help you make the right choice, while avoiding wasteful spending.
If this is the first time your boiler has stopped working, you are definitely best off calling an engineer to take a look at it before you order a new one. It might just be a small malfunction, easily fixed with the turn of a screwdriver or even the flick of a switch. Ours was fixed in twenty minutes but it needed to be done by an expert so even though it was a quick and easy job, we had no choice but to wait for the experts!
Minor problems with quick fixes
There are several minor problems that could be stopping your boiler from working. Take this example: the Telegraph’s in-house builder helped a reader diagnose a problem with their boiler. The problem was the boiler kept turning on and off. The solution was to hire an engineer to replace a pipe, which was too small for the boiler to work effectively.
As far as they could tell, it was completely beyond repair. If they hadn’t written to The Telegraph, the reader may well have gone ahead and replaced the entire boiler or spent a lot of time trying to diagnose the problem themselves to save the engineer callout cost.
We also know from experience now that our boiler tends to cut out after a power cut. We had no idea the first time what caused it so we had to call in an expert but he showed us what to do in case it happened again so when this happens now, we can fix it.
LS1 Boiler Installation advise that how often your boiler breaks down is a key indicator of when it’s time to seek a replacement. Regular new malfunctions, will incur numerous costs for parts. If you keep having to pay out for these smaller repairs year on year, you’ll quickly spend the cost of a new boiler.
At times replacing your boiler may be the only way to fix your problems. This is particularly the case if your boiler is very old. Like most machines, boilers can break down with wear and tear as they get older. Most importantly, as This Is Money reports, older boilers can actually become less efficient.
A replacement boiler could also be more efficient so you might realise, by replacing instead of repairs, you could be saving more of your fuel bills. In an average-sized semi-detached house, an old boiler can cost up to £300 a year more to run than a newer alternative.
Convenience Vs Cost
A boiler that keeps breaking down is a problem for two key reasons: convenience and cost. It’s up to you which one is most important. Many are more concerned with the cost than with the convenience. With energy bills on the rise and boiler repair costs adding up, buying a new boiler can start to look financially attractive, despite the cost of the machines themselves.
Many providers, such as LS1 Boiler Installation, provide payment plans for new boilers too, allowing you to get your boiler replaced at a manageable monthly cost.
Repeated engineer callout costs over a long period could potentially cost more than a newer, more reliable boiler would. But it does depend on whether your broken boiler is still under warranty. If it is, your repairs and engineer callouts may be covered. Check the details of your warranty to find out for sure, but needless to say if it is still covered, keeping it might be cheaper.
According to USwitch, energy-efficient boilers could save you up to £237 a year on your annual gas bill. As mentioned above, some older boilers cost up to £300 more to run annually than new, more efficient boilers.
Don’t miss out on future posts like this – receive updates directly to your inbox by email by adding your email address here and hitting subscribe. You can also follow me on Twitter, BlogLovin or Networked Blogs and I’d love to see you over on my Facebook page and on Instagram. Collaborative post!