Getting a new boiler usually isn’t a choice. We all like to think we’d get to pick the timing of needing a new boiler, but we can’t, and it’s usually terrible timing. With the worry of having no heating or hot water looming over your head, the already stressful process of getting a new boiler installed is made worse by not really knowing what you need. With the help of specialists in boiler installation Essex we’ve gathered a few helpful tips and guidelinesto make the process stress-free and easy.
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Start by getting a quote
The first thing you need is a quote. You need an engineer to conduct a full heating survey of your home and to understand as much about your heating and hot water requirements as possible before giving you a number.
You should ensure you’re prepared to answer questions on your requirements and so should begin thinking about this before the engineer arrives. For example:
- How much hot water do you use and does this change throughout the year?
- Are you planning any renovations in rooms where water is used?
- Have you had any major issues with your current system?
- What kind of boiler would you like?
This can seem daunting but giving the engineer as much information as possible will help them to make the right calls for your home.
What extras do I need?
When searching for boiler installation Essex, you want to be confident that your engineer is going to give you the best installation with the best value for money. There are a few extras that come with a boiler installation and your engineer will let you know which they think you need.
- System filters/scale reducers. These are usually an extra £120 but are important for combi boilers installed in areas with hard water. You can check your areas water to be aware of your requirements before your initial assessment and boiler installation. Essex, for example, has hard water and so filters may be necessary.
- Water treatment. Most systems need a flush after installation and a chemical inhibitor is added during the final fill of the system. Heavily sludged systems may need a powerflush too. You can check how dirty your system is by looking out for cold spots on radiators, systems noise, and excessive heat up times. All of these are indicators of an unclean system.
Questions to ask your engineer
To make sure you’re getting the best out of your installation, there are a few things you should be asking the engineer when they visit to give you a quote, if these topics don’t come up on their own.
- How will you dispose of condensate? This is the water produced by your boiler and the pipework that carries it away needs to be safe and sustainable for the conditions it will be in.
- How big is the plume effect? This means, when the water vapour from the boiler is ejected through the flue, where is it going? Is it going to irritate neighbours? Will it cause any issues to the outside of the house?
- Do my radiators need replacing? If your system is particularly old, you may need to replace the radiators to improve the efficiency of your whole system.
- What additional energy-saving measures will be in place? All new installations must now include at least one of these four energy-saving measures; flue gas heat recovery, load-compensating thermostats, weather-compensating thermostats, or smart heating controls.
After your boiler has been installed, your engineer should carry out safety and performance checks. You should be issued with a few documents to confirm these tests have been carried out, including a Building Regulations Certificate and a Benchmark Certificate to prove compliance. Your engineer is also required to inform local authorities that a new gas appliance has been fitted. If you notice any issues after your installation, contact your engineer immediately.