Is it time to invest in a new boiler? We can help you decide. Ecoheat Plumbing Ltd is an established company of plumbers and heating engineers. Located in Balham, we cover all South, West and South West London areas, including Westminster. Our friendly, customer-focused business is well known locally for boiler servicing, boiler repairs, underfloor heating repairs, plumbing repairs and other heating and plumbing services.
What you might not know is that we are approved installers for Baxi, Vaillant and Vokera boilers. Our domestic and commercial gas engineers also work with all other major brands.
With approved manufacturer status, our heating and plumbing company can offer an extended warranty on all installations. But how do you know what to look for in a new boiler? Do you need to book in for domestic boiler servicing more often with today’s more complex appliances? Will choosing the wrong model lead to more frequent boiler repairs for your business? Can a new boiler work with a current central heating or underfloor heating installation?
Most importantly, is now the right time to buy a new boiler?
This page, at the very least, should help you come to this particular decision. If you would like further advice on boiler installations, servicing or repairs in Westminster, call our plumbers and heating engineers on 020 8673 9944.
Key factors to consider include:
Condenser boilers last for around 15 years, while older cast-iron models can last for up to 30 years. Certain maintenance procedures, like annual boiler servicing from registered Gas Safe plumbers and heating engineers, can extend either of these lifespans significantly. However, even if an appliance still works, we might not be able to provide economical repairs, or we might not be able to find outdated parts.
In either event, a new boiler is your best option.
If your entire system is old or in poor condition, we might recommend additional services like plumbing repairs for pipework, or underfloor heating repairs. It might even be best to replace the whole system, which we can do as part of our comprehensive heating and plumbing services.
Have you noticed that energy expenditure at your Westminster home or business keeps creeping up? This could have something to do with a boiler’s inefficiency. Sometimes, annual boiler servicing will keep a unit running efficiently but, if this doesn’t help, or if it only makes a difference temporarily, it might be more cost-effective to have a more economical boiler fitted by our domestic and commercial gas engineers.
The amount saved can be significant!
And, because our plumbers and heating engineers have experience in central and underfloor heating, we can help you to choose a boiler that’s not only perfect for your Westminster property, and at the perfect time, but which is also ideal for integration with other systems.
One issue that our customers should always be aware of is gas or carbon monoxide leaks. Booking in for boiler repairs is essential when talking about leaks. Small leaks are rarely serious enough to cause too much worry and we can deal with most of them quite easily. Frequent leaks, however, signal that a boiler is approaching the end of its repairable lifecycle.
Major gas and carbon monoxide leaks are altogether more serious and need the attention of registered Gas Safe plumbers or heating engineers immediately.
When leaks happen regularly, there’s little point in spending money on boiler servicing or repairs. A new installation is a much better investment. The same goes for other systems – if you are frequently needing underfloor heating repairs or plumbing repairs, it’s time to consider replacing the system.
If you find that room temperatures inside a Westminster home or business are too hot or too cold, your boiler, central heating or underfloor heating system might be dirty and need powerflushing, or there could be an issue with the thermostat. Both of these potential problems warrant a diagnostic check from our trained plumbers and heating engineers.
If you own an old boiler and need to have the heating system flushed more than once every 5 or 6 years, or different components replaced regularly, there’s little point spending out on boiler repairs.
Any reputable heating and plumbing company will advise that a new installation will be the most cost-effective choice over the longer term.
It’s also important to check the condition of pipework and radiators. If these elements are outdated, filled with debris or damaged, a new boiler won’t make much difference. As such, we recommend combining heating and plumbing services, including:
Boilers have a finite lifespan, even when well looked after with regular boiler servicing. It is best to replace any boiler that breaks down on a frequent basis. We often find ourselves attending Westminster properties where breakdowns happen regularly, and it sometimes takes us a while to convince the owner that a replacement is the best option.
Paying for repairs every few months is a false economy.
Buy a new boiler, and have it fitted by our approved domestic and commercial gas engineers, and you could tie the work in with a central heating upgrade or an underfloor heating installation. Not only does this eliminate the constant cost of repairs, but it also makes your property more efficient to warm.
This can return some of your investment in the form of cheaper utility bills.