Considerations to Make Before Purchasing a New Boiler

Depending on your circumstances, there may be instances where buying a new boiler seems like the most obvious thing to do. Moving into a new home may encourage you to invest in a new unit and heating system, for example, whilst modifying a property may also raise the prospect of buying an upgraded, A-rated boiler. Before you complete such a purchase, however, there are few considerations that we’d urge you to keep in mind. These include: 

1. Do you Really Need a New Boiler? 

If you own a really old boiler or one that’s regularly breaking down, it’s something of a no-brainer to install a new unit. After all, modern, A-rated units are up to 20% more efficient than older boilers, whilst repairing a seriously faulty system represents a huge false economy. However, if your existing boiler remains in good working order and is capable of delivering respectable efficiency savings, there may be no need to invest in a new unit or spend quite so heavily. 

2. What Type of Boiler and System do you Want to Install? 

If you do decide to press ahead with a new boiler purchase, the next step is to consider what type of unit and heating system you want install. There’s a surprising array of options available in the modern age, including the incredibly efficient comb-boiler. This modern unit is both cost-effective and compact, as it negates the need for additional water cylinders and tanks to be installed in the home. Conversely, conventional boilers take up a consider amount of space with a large water cylinder and two additional tanks, with this type of system ideal if you live in a property with a high demand for hot water. You may also want to consider system boilers, which require a single storage cylinder and are ideal in properties where such a system is already installed. 

3. What Size of Boiler do you Need? 

No single boiler type has been created equal, which means that there are units available in various different shapes and sizes. You’ll therefore need to determine what type and size of boiler you need for your home, whilst also considering other factors such as insulation, demand and the scale of your property. On a final note, you should identify the preferred location for your boiler. A growing number of units are being installed in the kitchen and bathroom, where they can be wall-mounted and hidden from sight. 

Armstrong Plumbing and Heating is Well-placed to Manage your Installation 

Once you’ve decided to press ahead with your installation, the next step is to identify a local and accredited engineer to manage this process. If you live in York and the surrounding areas, Armstrong Plumbing and Heating may offer the ideal solution. We’re both Gas Safe and OFTEC registered, for example, which means that we’re fully equipped and insured to install gas-powered and oil boilers. Our Gas Safe accreditation has also been extended to include LPG work, so we really are capable of managing your boiler installation. To discuss this further, give us a call on 07834 168464 or 01904 373075 or email us directly at