Buying and installing a new boiler is one of the largest single expenses UK homeowners and landlords ever have to face.
So we’ve taken a look at how much you should expect to pay for a new boiler, the installation and how to save on these costs.
How much does a new boiler cost?
Boiler prices vary based on brand, size and type (combi, system or conventional).
Which? magazine has rated 370 boiler brands including Worcester Bosch, Viessman, Baxi and Vaillant and found prices can range from £600 to more than £2,400.
But when looking for a new boiler a hefty price tag doesn’t necessarily mean you get a top boiler. So it’s important to read reviews and find the best boiler to fit your budget.
If you don’t want to buy a boiler separately your installer may be able to quote you a price for the boiler plus installation.
How much does a boiler installation cost?
The cost of boiler installation can vary significantly depending on how much work is required, the parts, where you live and who you get to do the job.
You can expect to pay from £540 for a straightforward replacement of a combi boiler in the same position as the old one up to £1,440 to install a new combi system in a new location, according to figures put together for Which? by the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors.
However, it also warns you may also need to set aside money for a chemical flush (£200) or mechanical flush of your heating system (£510) and also moving pipes (£200-£300) on certain jobs.
These prices don’t include the cost of the boiler discussed above, so as you can see the installation can cost more than the boiler itself.
Combined the figures suggest cost of a new boiler and installation can set you back from £1,040 to £4,250.
How to save on the cost of a new boiler and installation
The best way to save money on the cost of a new boiler and the installation is to shop around.
When it comes to installation you might want to start with energy companies like British Gas for a quote but you should also look at independent traders too, who typically charge up to a third less.
Have a look at the Competent Person Register, SNIPEF, Worcester Bosch or the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council. These list certified and approved installers so you’ll be in safe hands.
When comparing prices also bear in mind any guarantees that are offered on the work but be wary of having to pay more for a warranty that may already be included by the manufacturer on the equipment.
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