Boiler breakdowns are no fun, regardless of how you look at it. With fall here and winter on the horizon, you definitely don’t want to be dealing with a loss of heat. Unfortunately, you cannot plan for a boiler breakdown. However, if you currently heat your home with a combi boiler you will be pleased to know that getting a replacement is far easier than you may think.
Because combi boilers do not have radiators, copper-piping, or old hot water storage tanks, choosing a replacement is as simple as picking out a new, similar model and getting it installed. While it may be less of a headache than it would be with old models, this does not mean it is a complete walk in the park. There are still numerous things to consider when choosing a replacement boiler, some of which are outlined below.
Buy a similar-sized combi boiler unit
While it may seem like a no-brainer, it is important that you purchase a similar-sized combi boiler when you need to replace a broken one. It may be tempting to go with a fancier or more elaborate combi boiler, but that may cause issues for you, as it may not fit in the current space. Be sure to measure all replacement boiler options and go with one that is either exactly the same size or just slightly smaller or larger. The instruction manual for your old unit may have the measurements for it, which will help you when measuring new units.
Choose the right model
Even though you probably did all the research the first time you bought your combi boiler, it may be a good idea to brush up on what models are out there to ensure you are getting the best unit for your home. Options from Vaillant, Baxi, and Glow-Worm are all examples of different types of models on the market today. Make sure to choose a unit that will not only adequately meet your heating needs, but that fits in your designated space. You may want to consult an expert for advice to ensure you are getting what you need and want.
Test all controls and switches
It may seem obvious, but it is imperative you test all the controls, levers,and thermostats on your own to make sure you can operate them. If you cannot work them on your own, your combi boiler will not work properly. It is OK to ask the installer or a professional in the industry how things work or to show you how to operate the unit, this way you will know for certain how to run the unit.
Check the warranty / guarantee
Lastly, be sure to get a gull warranty or guarantee with your new unit. It is oftentimes too late to do so once you have purchased the unit, so make sure to check before you buy. This sometimes is listed in the total buying price, but some retailers may not do this, which is why it is important to ask. A warranty or guarantee will undoubtedly save you money on repairs in the future, but make note of how long the unit will be covered for.