Once you’ve chosen the best combi boiler model for your home and heating needs, you must hire a professional to install the unit as safely and quickly as possible. While it may seem like a simple job to hire an installer, it is imperative for you to do your research and shop around before settling on an individual or company. It will benefit you in the long run to carefully choose your installer, as some contractors may not be as efficient or competent as they advertise. You must also understand the risks associated with hiring a “cowboy contractor”, or someone who does not have a registered license and may there make unnecessary mistakes. Additionally, never go with the first installer your find, as you will have no reference to what other prices and options are out there.
Top Tips for Hiring a Quality Installer or Engineer
This list is certainly not exhaustive, but here are a handful of tips that will help you make the best and most informed decision when hiring a combi boiler installer:
- When installing a new combi boiler, make sure you hire an engineer who is registered with Gas Safe – this is a legal requirement in the UK.
It is a good idea to talk to friends, family, and coworkers before deciding on an installer. They may be able to give you advice on a good company that worked well for them. Word-of-mouth is an excellent way to determine the reputation of a contractor or company, and if you mention the name of the person who recommended them, you may be able to negotiate a discount
Hire someone registered with OFTEC if you’re installing an oil combi boiler; they specialise in installing and maintaining oil-fired boilers.
Be sure the person you hired is a qualified electrician if you have gone with an electric combi boiler. They must also comply BS7671:2008 Requirements for Electrical Installations to safely fit an electric combi boiler.
It is best to hire locally for cheapest installation costs. While lesser-known companies may scare you, they are most likely the companies that have worked with homes in your area and therefore understand how to work with your property. They are also less likely to disappear than ‘cowboy contractors’, in the event you need a repair or have a complaint
It may also be a good idea to check out several installation companies and hold preliminary interviews before hiring. This is particularly wise when going with local people, as they are most likely eager for work and don’t have the deep pockets to correct mistakes. Asking for additional information and chatting with the potential installers will enable you to build a working relationship and get a feel for the person.
Whichever person or company you decide to go with, always ask for proof of that they have valid public liability insurance– this will cover you if anything goes wrong with the installation.
Take into consideration the above steps to ensure a more smooth, streamlined installation process all the way around.