In this article, we discuss everything there is to know about getting a new boiler installation in Bristol.
Choosing a new boiler for your home is a really important decision, after all, you’ll be literally living with your purchase for potentially the next 15 years or more.
Here at Greener Homes we’ve been installing and maintaining boilers for over 20 years in the Bristol area, so we know how much of a costly investment having a new boiler installation can become. We can help and advise on the best boiler for your property and your budget. And we have finance options available if you don’t have enough funds available for your new boiler.Get a quote
Where to Get a New Boiler Installation in Bristol: Index
- What are the Different Types of Boilers?
- The Different Brands of Boilers
- Best Boilers to Buy in 2021
- 5 Reasons to Choose a Worcester Bosch Boiler
- What Size Boiler Do I Need?
- How Much is a New Boiler?
- Reasons to Get a New Boiler
- How Long Will a New Boiler Installation Take?
- When Should I Get a New Boiler?
- Can I Get Boiler Finance?
- What Does a New Boiler Installation Entail?
- What to Expect with a New Boiler Installation with Greener Homes
- How Long Will a New Boiler Last?
- How to Maintain Your New Boiler
- To Conclude: Where to Get a New Boiler Installation in Bristol
What are the Different Types of Boilers?
Before going ahead with your purchase it’s important you know what you need from your boiler and therefore what boiler would be best for your home. Now, we’re going to take a look at the different types of boiler you can have installed in your home. As well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Combi boilers (combination boilers) are one single unit and they generate all the heating and hot water for a home. No water tanks are needed, this is one of the more popular options in the UK because of its space-saving design. Because there’s no water tank storage this means you have hot water at the turn of a tap.
- Because there are fewer components needed (water tank and water cylinders) installation is often quicker and cheaper than other methods.
- The most energy-efficient way to heat your home.
- Heat on demand.
- Showers at the mains pressure.
- Using more than more tap at a time can cause combi boilers problems. This doesn’t make it a great choice for those with larger homes to heat.
- It can take longer to fill up a bath because water is heated on demand.
Unlike the more compact combi heating solution conventional boilers have some of their components housed outside of the boiler itself. The type of system usually requires cold water, as well as an expansion tank in the loft. This method of heating stores hot water in a hot water cylinder inside of the storage tank. Water can be switched on and off as required but is not continuous.
- Great for larger homes or homes that use more than one tap i.e they have multiple bathrooms.
- Water can be switched on and off as required.
- No heat on demand- having to wait for the water to heat up.
- You can run out of hot water.
- You need both the hot water cylinder and water tank in your loft.
- Installation can be more expensive as there are more components to be installed.
Also known as closed vent boilers, with similar components as the combi boiler without the bonus of hot water production. Quite simply to install and there are fewer components overall that could go wrong. A great option for the larger homes where hot water may be required in more than one tap. And a fantastic option for those who live in low water pressure areas.
- Suitable for large homes that have multiple bathrooms.
- No need for a water tank in the loft.
- Simple to install
- Waiting for water to heat up.
- You can run out of hot water.
- You need to have space for a water tank.
- System boilers suffer heat loss which makes them less efficient than combi boilers.
The Different Brands of Boilers
There are many different boiler brands on the market. And it can be confusing when you are searching for your new boiler. We have complied seven different boiler brands.
Market leaders and one of the most popular brands of boilers for over fifty years. And you can see why Worcester Bosch’s commitment to high standards has seen them at the forefront of boiler production since 1962. Worcester Bosch offers a large range of boilers to fit all sizes and shapes of property.
Viessmann is the largest manufacturer of boilers in Europe. Bringing cutting-edge German engineering into your home this brand of boiler is ruthlessly efficient when it comes to heating your home.
A British manufacturer of boilers who has really come into their own in the last decade or so. Known to be a premium brand with mid-range pricing a reasonable choice of the manufacturer when it comes to boilers.
Quite well known for the EcoTech range. Often Vaillant boilers can be in the same price range as the more well-known brands.
With quality that matches those of their competitors, Baxi offers a massive range of boilers to suit the needs of every property.
Alpha Boilers are the ‘go-to’ budget range when it comes to landlords. They have excellent warranties on parts and labour. They also score highly with reviewers and critics alike.
Built to last is a phrase that often comes up when talking about Potterton boilers, this choice may not have the reputation of the more well-known brands, but it is a favourite of engineers across the country.
Best Boilers to Buy in 2021
Here at Greener Homes, we’d like to make the prospect of purchasing a new boiler in 2021 a bit easier and a bit less of a headache. We know that choosing a boiler is a big decision, but fear not we’re here to ease those fears.
When looking at what the best boilers of 2021 to buy could be for you, then you will have to take into consideration a few factors.
- How big is your house?
- How many bathrooms and radiators do you have?
- Do you already have a boiler installation?
By answering these questions we can start to paint a picture of what your boiler system may have to look like.
Choosing a new boiler for your home is a really important decision, after all, you’ll be literally living with your purchase for potentially the next 15 years or more. Most homeowners look for the value of money when purchasing a boiler and that’s the reason we here at Greener Homes have partnered with Worcester Bosch.
And when it comes to picking a brand of boiler, we believe at Greener Homes you should purchase a boiler from a manufacturer with a proven record of excellence. A brand that is trusted by thousands of customers across the country and the world. With that in mind, we believe that Worcester Bosch is the best brand of boiler for 2021.
At Greener Homes, we have been installing Worcester Bosch boilers for our happy customers all over Bristol for over 20 years. They offer a fantastic range of boilers and warranties that can last up to 12 years.
Most homeowners look for the value of money when purchasing a boiler and that’s the reason we here at Greener Homes have partnered with Worcester Bosch as one of our core suppliers.
With a long decorated career in the industry, Worcester bosch has become a byword for quality amongst engineers and customers alike.Get a quote
5 Reasons to Choose a Worcester Bosch Boiler
Now, we’re going to go through our top 5 reasons to choose a Worcester Bosch Boiler for your home.
1. Market Leading Brand
With over 50 years and so many Which? Best buy awards to mention here, Worcester Bosch means quality. And that’s why they’re the UK market leaders in domestic boilers. Founded in 1962, Worcester Bosch boilers are even inside the Queen’s estate at Sandringham. They have a large range of boilers and cater to all types of homes and people’s needs.
When it comes to what boiler manufacturer we at Greener homes recommended Worcester Bosch are always top of the list, they’re easy to install and a favourite with our customers in Bristol for many years.
2. Unbeatable Guarantee
Having a Worcester Bosch boiler installed by an accredited installer, like a member of our team of accredited professionals here at Greener Homes, can see you receive up to a 12-year guarantee with some of the Worcester Bosch we offer.
3. Long Lifetime
Worcester Bosch means quality when it comes to boilers, when compared to products from their closest competitors on average Worcester Bosch have a better chance of surviving. Of course, having your boiler serviced each year will not only keep the warranty valid, but it will also increase the longevity of the boiler.
4. Fits all Homes
As we’ve briefly touched upon above, Worcester Bosch has a boiler to fit all needs and all sizes of homes. No matter how many bathrooms you have, Worcester Bosch definitely has an option to suit your needs as Worcester Bosch makes Combi, System, and Regular boilers. Not only that there are several different options to choose from, so you’re bound to find one that fits the size of not only your home but your budget as well.
5. Parts Availability
Being that Worcester Bosch boilers are the market leaders when it comes to part availability you can be sure there won’t be any problems. Oftentimes we can source parts for Worcester Bosch boilers on short notice. Also, because parts are so readily available they are relatively cheap to buy. This will lower the cost of any problems that do occur with your system.
What Size Boiler Do I Need?
We’re going to take a look at some of the factors that need to be considered when measuring what size boiler is needed for your property.
The size of a boiler is actually measured in Kilowatts (kW), rather than physical dimensions. The Kilowatt refers to the unit of measurement used to measure the energy output of the boiler. To put it simply, the more hot water output your house needs the more energy your boiler needs to be able to produce.
The 5 Factors to Consider
Below are the 5 factors that your Engineer will consider before advising you on what boiler is correct for your property.
- Hot water demand – How much hot water does your family use? Do you have multiple bathrooms? Is there a shower on the property? These are all questions that will need to be answered when calculating what type and size of boiler your property requires.
- Amount of radiators – How many radiators and how large your home is is another factor that will influence your decision when it comes to choosing a new boiler.
- Fuel type of boiler – The type of fuel that is available to your property is another factor that will sway your decision on a new boiler. Seek advice from a professional about what fuel is available to you. Most homes in the UK use Gas which has the greatest level of energy efficiency. However, there are still options for those houses not connected like using an oil-fired or LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) system instead.
- Water pressure – Not generally a problem in more modern builds, not having suitable pressure in your water supply can impact what size of boiler you require. Whilst the information about the maxim flow rate for your boiler is probably at your fingertips, a trained professional like one of our team of accredited Worcester Bosch engineers at Greener Homes can help advise you on what is the best option for your home.
- Losing heat – Whilst no boiler is 100% efficient, modern boilers can reach up to 90% efficiency. While a boiler that is in its twilight years may well only be receiving 70% at most. This translates over to your wallet too, as you could be wasting over £200 per year.
How Much is a New Boiler?
Cost of a New Boiler on Its Own
The cost of a boiler system itself can vary from as little as £400-£3,600. All depending on the brand and type of boiler that is needed.
Worcester bosch boilers can range between £750-£3,600 without an installation.
You should never try to install a boiler yourself. And should always ensure that the engineer installing it is Gas Safe Registered.
Cost of a New Boiler Fitted
The cost of a new boiler fitted can vary from as little as £1,500 to £4,500. Again, it all depends on the boiler that you are having installed and the amount of time it takes to install the boiler.
Reasons to Get a New Boiler
Here at Greener Homes, we consider the boiler the heart of the house, it provides hot water and heat all year round, keeping your loved ones warm and happy. But, how do you tell when you need to get a new boiler? Age is just a number and in the case of boilers with a few tweaks and regular servicing, there’s no reason why you can’t keep your boiler working into its twilight years.
However, in some situations, there’s no other choice other than having that old boiler taken out and having a new boiler installed.Get a quote
How Long Will a New Boiler Installation Take?
When it comes to having a new boiler installation we believe that planning is key, so knowing how long your installation is going to take to complete is absolutely vital.
Your engineer will take into account several factors like the type of system you’re having installed, its location, and the complexity of the job when providing you with an accurate time frame for your project. Having an accurate time frame should enable you to make plans and preparations while you’re waiting for your boiler to be installed.
To give you a slightly better idea if you were replacing your boiler in a like for like situation then the time it would take to complete would likely be one working day (4-6 hours). Whilst, fitting a different type of boiler or changing the location of the system could take between one and three days.
In contrast having an alternative system fitted, such as a heat pump, installation could be between three to five days.
Do not fear though, You will receive an accurate time frame when booking your installation. Or you can ask before you book in with us, a member of the team will be able to help and advise. To get a quote on a boiler installation click here.
When Should I Get a New Boiler?
Now, we’re going to take a look at some common signs that your boiler is about to kick the bucket and conk out.
Having to call out an engineer to look at your boiler can be a costly and unwanted expense. Having an engineer coming to fix your boiler once probably doesn’t warrant the purchase of a new boiler. However, if you’re calling out an engineer more than once a year this is a sure sign that you need a new boiler.
Bills are becoming more expensive
At this point, you’ve probably seen the phrase ‘efficiency rating’ when it comes to boilers. But, what does that mean? Simply put, it means a less efficient boiler will cost you more to run. Modern boilers that are A-rated will operate on more than 90% efficiency, whilst G-rated models may run at 70% or less which could be £200 more expensive a year to run.
Lots of noise
Central heating systems can make a few different noises and hearing a click here or tap there is nothing to be concerned about. However, if you hear humming, vibrating, or banging coming from your system this may well be a sign that something more serious is happening.
If you hear lots of noise coming from your boiler then it’s time to call an engineer to have investigated properly. This is a definite cause for concern if things have changed recently, noises have gotten louder or more frequent.
Blue flame turns yellow or orange
A sure sign of when it’s time to get a new boiler is if your flame begins to turn yellow or orange. This means that there is a problem with your boiler and you should turn it off immediately. You should then call the Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.
They will help resolve the gas issue, but we advise that you then get your boiler replaced as soon as possible.
If you can smell a sulfurous or eggy odor when your boiler is in use, this is a sign of a gas leak. Your boiler must be immediately switched off, then please call the emergency gas line on 0800 111 999. Then get in contact with a registered Gas Safe engineer like one of our team here at Greener Homes where we have been installing and maintaining boilers in the bristol area for over 20 years.
Your boiler shouldn’t ever leak water. If it does it’s a certain sign that an internal component has probably broken. However, if left unattended this can lead to structural damage to your property or short circuits that could lead to fire and your family’s safety. If you have leaky pipes please switch off your system and call a professional.
No replacement parts
Just like your TV and game consoles, boilers have new innovations and designs all the time. So, if your current boiler is in its twilight years it may well be hard to find the correct parts that need replacing. The mounting price of having to scour the internet for replacement parts may well mean that it’s actually more cost-efficient to have your boiler replaced.
High energy bills
Do you feel like your energy bills are too high in general? Maybe you’ve been chatting with your neighbor and they’ve enlightened you to the fact that they pay lots less than you every month, then this might be a sign that it’s time to get a new boiler.
A new boiler will be safer
Not only will having a new boiler installation make your bills more manageable, but it will also provide you with a safer alternative than running your old system. New systems are less likely to go wrong in general, when compared to older models, and peace of mind is one of those priceless purchases that will truly help you sleep better at night.
In today’s mobile-focused modern world no matter what you’re talking about there’s probably ‘an app for that’ and boilers are no different. With smart home integration, the ability to control your boiler from your smart device is now a reality, and more that makes lots of sense the more connected we become.
Not Heating Property
If your current boiler is not heating up as quickly as it used or you have no heating at all, it is time for a new one. A major sign that your boiler is on the way out that is it not working as effectively as it used to.#Get a quote
Can I Get Boiler Finance?
We understand that the cost of a new boiler can be an unexpected expense and you may not have the funds readily available. That is why we can offer finance on a new boiler installation in Bristol for our eligible customers.
At Green Homes, we offer a fully accredited Worcester Bosch boiler installation with flexible payment options that are right for you. Your finance is provided by Hitachi Capital who already provides finance and flexible payments to millions of customers across the UK.
Below we’ve highlighted the factors that will or will not grant you eligibility to finance.
Who we can work with
- UK resident for a minimum of 12 months.
- Own a personal bank account. This will be where we take the direct debit payments for your installation.
- The owner or the occupier.
- People in permanent employment (working minimum of 16 hours per week).
- Retired people.
- People on disability living allowance.
- Unemployed or ‘hour person’ with the consent of a cohabiting working partner.
Who we can’t work with
- An unemployed person without a spouse or partner in full-time employment.
- People who are currently working in temporary positions or agency work.
- Foster carers without a spouse or partner who meets the minimum employment criteria.
- Childminders who do not have a registered Creche or nursery.
- Full-time students. This does not include trainee doctors and nurses.
- Supply teachers who currently do not hold a permanent position in a school.
Here at Greener Homes, our team of Gas Safe Registered engineers have more than 20 years of experience installing boilers in the Bristol area. If you would like to get a quote for a new boiler installation in Bristol, then click here.
What Does a New Boiler Installation Entail?
Now we’re going to take a look at what an average boiler installation usually entails.
Finding A Gas Safe Registered Engineer
If you’re not currently in an area that Greener Homes covers (Bristol) then finding a gas safe registered boiler inspector has never been easier all you need to do visit the Gas Safe Register tool and you’ll be able to find all the registered businesses in your area.
Make A Plan
Then your engineer will find out how many bathrooms and radiators you have. This will help determine what boiler type and model are correct for your property. Once all the details have been finalised you will set a date to have the work done. Boiler installations can take from 1-5 days to be installed depending on the complexity of the installation.
The Day of Your New Boiler Installation in Bristol
Again depending on the complexity of the install the amount of time can differ. If you’re looking for a like-for-like replacement then the likelihood is this will be completed within one day. The amount of time that it will take for the installation to be completed will be discussed with you before the installation happening, this should allow you to make any preparations necessary for you to be comfortable in the interim period.
What to Expect with a New Boiler Installation with Greener Homes
Greener Homes have been trusted Gas Safe Registered boiler installation specialists in Bristol for over 20 years. In that time we’ve installed boilers in properties of all kinds and of all shapes and sizes! We’re Worcester Bosch Accredited installers, Worcester Bosch is the market leaders when it comes to boilers, so you know that only the best quality boiler is being installed in your property.
The installation or removal of a boiler can sometimes leave hazardous materials behind but at Greener Homes, We aim to leave your property just as it was when we arrived just lots warmer!
If you have any central heating concerns and you’re in the Bristol area please do not hesitate to fill out our enquiry form to get a call back within 30 minutes.
How Long Will a New Boiler Last?
A question we hear a lot is how long will this new boiler last? Obviously, nothing in life is certain and sometimes boilers can go wrong but, on average, a well looked after boiler can last up to 15 years or more.
And our Worcester Bosch installations currently come with a lengthy 10-year guarantee. Giving you peace of mind if anything is to go wrong in those first 10 years, you are covered and won’t have to pay anything out.
How to Maintain Your New Boiler
Below we’re going to take you through some easy steps you can take to look after your new boiler.
1. Remember to service your boiler
Remembering to have your annual service is easily at the top of any engineer’s list when they’re asked how to look after a boiler. A Gas Safe registered engineer can service your boiler, ensuring it runs smoothly. Having your boiler serviced might not be high on your list of priorities but, ensuring that your boiler doesn’t unexpectedly breakdown leaving you and your family cold will end up far more costly.
If you are in need of having your boiler serviced and you’re in the Bristol area please click here.
2. Clean your boiler
Most people’s boilers are in a cupboard or a building outside so when it comes to the daily chores you may well not think about giving the boiler a clean. But, when it comes to prolonging the life of your boiler, giving it a regular clean will certainly help. Also ensuring the area where your boiler sits is cleared of all clutter will help stop the vents from clogging up over time.
However, if you wish to have the inside of a boiler cleaned it’s advised you call a registered Gas Safe Engineer to come and complete the task for you.
3. Check your boiler pressure
Keeping a keen eye on the pressure of your boiler is another welcome tip from the team at Greener Homes and it’s a really easy one to keep up with. Ensuring your boiler has the correct amount of pressure will help ensure the boiler performs correctly. Checking the pressure once every couple of months is recommended, most systems run around 1- 2 bars of pressure if it falls below this contact an engineer or consult the instruction manual.
4. Get carbon monoxide detectors
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal and cause serious potential health risks for you and your family. Buying a carbon monoxide meter is a cheap but effective way of knowing that in the case that your boiler does begin to leak, you’re going to be notified immediately.
5. Get a regular power flush
PowerFlushing is essentially cleaning out your radiators. Over time radiators can get filled up with sludge, rust, and other debris. These elements will prevent your boiler from being able to circulate the hot water around them. A sign that your radiators need to be flushed out is the boiler becoming increasingly noisy.
6. Bleed your radiators
One of the most common methods of maintaining your boiler is ensuring that again the water can circulate around the radiators in the manner it’s intended to. From time to time radiators can get air trapped in them, to prevent this you can bleed your radiators, this is a quick reasonably easy job. Bleeding your radiators is most recommended to do just before the winter months arise in the early autumn time.Get a quote
How To Bleed Your Radiators
When it comes to radiator maintenance and how to look after your boiler bleeding your radiators is a great way to make sure the heat is going to all the radiators in equal measure. It can balance the heating in your home and ensure that the rooms are all roughly the same temperature.
Below we’ve put together some simple instructions for all those who have yet had the pleasure of bleeding their radiators.
What You Need
You won’t need much to complete this job, but here’s a quick list of the things you’ll need to bleed your radiator.
- Radiator Key – Likelihood is you will have one of these lying around your house somewhere, but if you don’t a new one can be purchased from pretty much any DIY or hardware store you care to imagine.
- A Cloth or Rag – This will be to catch any drops of water that come out of the radiator during the bleeding process.
5 Steps To Bleed Your Radiators
- Turn your heating off – Although technically you can bleed your radiators with the heat on, it’s not recommended as when water does eventually come out of the valve it will be hot. For an easier experience turn the heating off.
- Turn the key – Now take your radiator key and place it into the top of the radiator, place the towel under and around the valve to catch water, and turn the key.
- Listen for the hissing – Once you’ve turned the key you will begin to hear a hissing sound coming from the radiator’s valve. Once the hissing stops water will start coming out so immediately close the valve back up with the key.
- Turn the heating back on – Once you’ve cleaned up it’s time to put the central heating back on.
- Check the boiler pressure – To ensure that your boiler pressure hasn’t dropped from bleeding the radiators you can check the pressure by looking at the gauge on the unit.
So there you have it 5 easy steps to bleed your radiators, when it comes to how to look after your boiler bleeding the radiators is an extremely cheap but effective method of ensuring that your boiler is working to its full potential.
To Conclude: Where to Get a New Boiler Installation in Bristol
In this article, we have discussed everything there is to know about boilers and what you should know about your new boiler. If you are looking for a new boiler and are not sure where to get a new boiler installation in Bristol, Greener Homes can help.
We have been serving the area for over 20 years and have had many happy customers. We pride ourselves on great customer service, so you can be assured that you are going to get the best boiler experience in Bristol. You can take a look at some of the amazing reviews we have had from our customers over the years.Get a quote