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Of course, buying a new boiler is a complicated process and an expensive investment you don’t make every day especially if your old boiler breaks down in the middle of winter. The market is full of different makes and models which can make your decision making more difficult. It can be confusing to choose the right one for your home within the right budget.

Typical boiler installation can cost between £1000-£3000, which is why you might be tempted to save money and go for the cheaper ones with low quality. This decision can cost you in the long run. Carefully consider which brand you are buying, the more reliable brand you buy, the less money you will end up spending on maintenance. This is something really important to keep in mind when buying a boiler.

We have come up with some advice to help you buy the right boiler for your home.

Do Your Research

Remember google is your friend. Buying a boiler is an expensive investment so it’s always important to do your research and get an idea of what type of boiler will be best suitable for your home. The research will always help you narrow down your choices. Ask Jones & Brotherton- It’s always wise to ask for advice from professionally qualified heating engineers. Our plumbing and heating engineers can guide you to make the best choice on the type and size of boiler that will best suit you.  You can always ask your family and friends for recommendations and reviews. 

Types of Boiler

When it comes to choosing the best type of boiler for your home some of the factors to consider are the size of the property, the number of bathrooms, the number of showers, the area’s water pressure etc. The three common types of boiler in the UK are System , Conventional and Combination Boiler.

System boilers are also known as sealed systems that come with a water cylinder (which usually sits in an airing cupboard) and no water tank. They often take up less space as there is no need for a tank in the loft so it can be a good option for homes that have less space. They are suitable for homes that need to have hot water in more than one place at the same time.

Conventional Boilers are a great choice for large households that require hot water to multiple bathrooms in large supply. This is best suited for homes that already have traditional heating and space to install it.

A combination boiler, tends to be more compact because it doesn’t need hot water cylinders. It’s  installation is usually quicker. They are probably the most cost-effective residential boilers for most homes. They control both hot water and central heating, and their energy efficiency makes them the unit of choice for environmentally-conscious homeowners

Number of People Dependent on Boiler

The number of people using the boiler is another important factor to consider . This will determine which type of boiler stated above will be more suitable for your needs. Buying the right size is really important as it will stop wastage and save you cost in the longer run. When picking the right size of boiler for your home you should consider the physical size and whether it will fit in your space, the size of your home, the number of people living in the home and the number of bathrooms. The correct boiler size is always unique to your home.


The price depends mainly on the brand, size and type of boiler you are buying. For some people, budget can be an important factor, it can increase or decrease options when buying a product. Therefore it is important to be clear on your budget and how much you are willing to spend above budget for the right one. It’s worth checking if there is a grant available to help you with the installation costs.

Warranty, Life Expectancy

Always ask about the warranty with a new boiler. Reliable brands always come up with a warranty with some companies offering up to 10 years for their product and installation. If there is a problem with the boiler or installation you often don’t have to pay for it but warranties always come with a premium price which is included in the product price.

Latest Technology

Modern efficient boilers with the latest technology are capable of saving you loads of money in your next electricity bill. Always ask for the efficiency rate of a boiler, your supplier will be able to give you a percentage efficiency rating which is quite helpful.

If you’re looking for a plumbing and heating contractor or need a gas engineer to install your new boiler please contact Jones and Brotherton, Colchester, Essex 01206 912007.