Understanding Your Needs
Installing a new boiler isn’t as simple as swapping out the old one for a new one. One has to consider factors such as the size of the property, the number of bathrooms, the heating requirements, and whether or not you’re planning any future home improvements that might require changes in heating demand.
When selecting a new boiler, it’s crucial to understand your specific needs. Choosing a boiler that is too large for your home can be as problematic as choosing one that is too small. Both can lead to inefficiency and increased energy bills.
Different Types of Boilers
Before choosing a boiler, you need to understand the different types of boilers available and how they work. The three main types are combination boilers, system boilers, and conventional boilers.
Combination boilers, also known as combi boilers, provide hot water and heating directly from the boiler. They are compact, don’t require a hot water cylinder, and are suitable for smaller properties.
System boilers require a cylinder for storing hot water but don’t need a water tank. These are suitable for larger homes with more than one bathroom.
Conventional boilers, also known as regular, traditional, or heat-only boilers, require a hot water cylinder and a cold water tank. They are suitable for larger homes where lots of hot water is used at the same time.
Choosing the right boiler depends on the size and needs of your property.
The Installation Process
The process of installing a new boiler can be broken down into several steps:
Assessing the Property
Before the installation process starts, a heating engineer will visit your property to assess your heating needs, check the current system, and recommend the best type of boiler.
Removing the Old Boiler
The old boiler and any unnecessary parts will be removed safely. It’s important to note that some older systems may contain asbestos, which needs to be handled carefully.
Preparing for the New Boiler
Before the new boiler is installed, necessary alterations to the pipework may need to be made. It’s also the best time to install any additional items such as a magnetic filter for reducing boiler sludge build-up.
Installing the New Boiler
The new boiler is then installed and connected to the existing system. This involves connecting the boiler to the gas supply, water pipes, and electrical supply.
Testing the System
Once installed, the system is filled with water and tested for leaks. The installer will then fire up the boiler to check it’s working correctly and efficiently.
The complexity of the installation process can depend on the type of boiler being installed, the location, and the condition of the existing heating system.