What To Do If You Need A New Boiler In The Next Year

Over the next year, all boilers should ideally see at least one service, and during that time, a skilled engineer will look at your boiler, sometimes other parts of your water system or gas supply and make suggestions.

In some cases, they may give your boiler a clean bill of health. In others, however, they may slap a warning sticker following the unsafe situations procedure (GIUSP). This often requires shutting off the appliance or even disconnecting the gas supply until the issue is fixed or the boiler is repaired.

In quite a few cases, however, the advice will simply be that you need a new boiler soon, sometimes as far in the future as the next 12 months, whether that is due to obsolescence, age or other factors.

Once you get that news, here are some top tips for what to do next.

Look At Your Options

With many of the rules surrounding boilers changing over the next few years and a lot of options available, it is worth taking some time to look at potential options and alternatives to a conventional boiler.

This can include buying a new boiler, as new boilers designed to a “hydrogen-ready” standard are set to become available as early as 2023 according to British Gas. These would be designed to work with a blend of up to 20 per cent hydrogen once installed, but can also be easily modified to work with 100 per cent hydrogen.

Alternate options include heat pumps, both for ground and air sources, as well as biomass boilers and solar heaters.

Wait Until Summer If You Can

Boiler installations can take a few days, so ideally you will want to arrange it for a time when you do not necessarily need it, so it is ready for you when you do.

To this end, summer (as well as the months just before and just after) is the perfect season to get a replacement. It can also save money in installation fees and allow you to get it installed at your convenience.

For more information and advice from plumbers in London, get in touch today.

Only Use Heating ‘When Necessary’ To Avoid High Bills

The majority of homeowners will be looking for ways to cut down on their heating bills this winter, as energy prices have soared over the last year. 

Dispelling the myth that having the heating on low all day is the best way to have low bills, the Money Saving Expert website says the Energy saving Trust recommends only putting the heating on when it is needed.

It stated: “The key thing to understand here is that it’s all about the total amount of energy required to heat your home.”

By having the heating on all day, “you’re losing energy all day”, which is why it is cheaper to only turn it on when residents are cold. 

However, it is not just about keeping people warm. The Energy Saving Trust notes that turning the heating on and off can cause condensation in the house, as the temperature is constantly changing. 

“This condensation can help conduct heat outside the home, they say – meaning you leak heat more quickly and so you will use more energy as a result,” the Money Saving Expert added. 

Those who have homes that are prone to condensation may have to balance the benefits of cheaper energy bills with potential damage to the property due to the extra moisture in the air.  

Other ways to reduce condensation, and therefore, lower the risk of dampness include wiping down windows and sills every morning, using extractor fans when cooking or in the bathroom, opening windows, installing insulation, buying a dehumidifier, and hanging clothes outside to dry, instead of indoors. 

When it comes to reducing energy bills, make sure you use boiler repair in north London to ensure your central heating system is in good condition.