Boiler replacement or repair?

Boiler replacement or repairing in South East London and South West London is a question many people struggle with. Can the existing one be kept? If it can, is it worth the money? Will I save a lot of money on my gas bill if I get a new one? Is it true that they only last five years? If you are worried about a boiler replacement, call me on:

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It is usually a matter of needing a bit of luck when it comes to this subject. However, there are quite a few things worth knowing that may make your decision about central heating repairs and broken boilers a whole lot easier.
Despite what a lot of "central heating engineers" may tell people, 99% of boiler faults can be repaired. If I had a pint for every time I found a boiler only needed a new pump when the owner was told by the previous plumber that it was beyond repair, I would wake up with a very bad head ache.

How to avoid the most common cons and rip offs

Is a boiler replacement worth the money?

You may wonder if it is worth spending an X amount on a boiler that is getting on a bit or not. I can help with giving you the relevant information about that but it is your decision. It all depends on the make, the model, the age, how well it was installed and if it was adequately maintained and a number of other factors.
In some cases, like problems caused by sludge and corrosion, a central heating repair that solves this problem will actually be much better.
There are some models, and I literally mean some, for which you can hardly buy spares any more, and even a few for which nothing is available. These are obviously very difficult cases to solve. It might be something very simple and very basic that is worn out, if I can't get it, I can't replace it. Leaving out those, every other defect can be repaired. This might cost more money than it is worth in my personal opinion, but it is possible to do it if the client chooses to do so.

The argument "You need a boiler replacement, this one is not allowed any more", is more likely than not an attempt to sell you something you don't need. Unless something changed dramatically since my last course ( and I still go to courses about new developments on a regular basis ), anything that was ever legally installed, can stay where it is. This makes the claim about not being allowed rather doubtful and definitely calls for a second opinion.
These so called "modern" boilers, have been around for many years, just not used so much in this country. They were built here as long as about 30 years ago by a chap called Archie Kidd, and considerably longer on the other side of the channel in countries like Germany and Holland.

Unnecessary boiler replacement excuses

Boiler replacements are often made to look unavoidable, but usually that is simply not true. There have been a few complete lemons with a very bad track record in terms of reliability. There is one model, that is well known in the trade, and you can be almost sure that it will need repairing most years. Add the fact that the parts are not exactly cheap for this one, and you start to wonder if you aren't throwing good money after bad. It has 2 different parts that are very problem prone; one of around 100 pounds, and the other one more than twice that. Then there is a handful of smaller things that tend to wrong too often. Add your labour costs to this and that boiler may cost you 1500 pounds in repairs before you give up.

Fortunately, this is one of the rare exceptions where I would say it is time for a boiler replacement at the first major repair after it's fifth birthday.
It can be totally different though as most real central heating engineers could tell you. Provided you get a decent quality, and they are properly installed, they can last many years. They certainly have a live expectancy that is much longer than the 5 year limit some will want you to believe they have.

One of my two favourite models has been virtually the same for about 8 years. I started using them after the manufacturer sorted the teething problems out, and as far as I know, every single one I have installed is still working fine. Only one of them broke down, but was working as new within 24 hours.

A boiler replacement may cost a few bob if you want quality materials and the work done by the book. But if you choose the quality option, you can have many years of problem free heating and hot water. In fact, the most common reason for problems with replacement boilers, is poor workmanship.

As every good plumber will tell you, replacing boilers is just like replacing anything else. If you get the cheapest of the cheap from a supplier with no credentials, you can expect inferior quality.

If you want to find out if you are best served with a boiler replacement, or, like in most cases, it is worth mending your existing one in South East London or South West London, call:

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Emergencies out of hours   07852 736 626

Rest assured, I will only advise a boiler replacement if you really need one.

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