Why buying a cheap boiler is a false economy

Why buying a cheap boiler is a false economy
- By Justin Elliott

You certainly wouldn’t be the first person to try and save some money by skimping on the cost of your new boiler. Perhaps you have scoured the online auctions for second hand boilers or the sales for boilers which are going cheap. You might think you have picked up a bargain and may even tried to find a cheaper way to install your boiler too, but in the long run, is this really a good idea?

Older boilers

It certainly is possible to find second hand boilers which are possible to install in your home. You may find them for as little as £200 – a far cry from the £1,000 you would expect to pay new. However there are a number of things wrong with this approach.

  • An older boiler will have a lower energy rating than a new boiler and you will lose out on the possible £300 a year you could save in efficiency.
  • Older boilers may be harder to install, costing you money when it comes to plumbing issues.
  • Older boilers may simply be unsafe.
  • Older boilers could break down more often and may not be eligible for boiler insurance.

Cheap boilers

Boiler manufacturers do often have sales and will be selling off old stock cheaper. However they are doing this for a reason. Often these boilers are lower when it comes to energy efficiencies, they may not be selling because they are unreliable, they may be harder to install or just not popular because they are not as good. If you are taking advantage of a manufacturer sale, do your home work and find out if the boiler you are choosing really is all it is cracked up to be.

Cheap installation

This really is a minefield. You would normally expect to pay around £1500 or more for a good Gas Safe registered installer to fit your new boiler. It is this expensive for a very good reason – the installer is fully qualified and will carry out the necessary checks to ensure your boiler is safe.

If you find a great deal on installation, your first essential is to check the installer is Gas Safe registered. Not only is it a legal requirement on your behalf, it ensures the boiler is fitted safely. You simply cannot skimp on this aspect.

A good fitter will be able to advise you on the right boiler type for your needs, the size of your home, the size of your family and the location of the boiler.

You also need someone who is willing to take the time to do a good and thorough job. This might include servicing your entire central heating system, moving the boiler to a better or more legal position, offering ongoing servicing and making good any walls left damaged by the process. Your pipework may need replacing and your water tank may need removing. All of this costs more money.