If you are looking to have a new boiler installed at your property, then you may have some questions for our Ipswich plumbers. We understand that hiring a plumber to undertake work in your home can cause a little anxiety, especially if you do not understand everything. It is only natural to have questions and hopefully this article will answer some of them for you.

Can I choose a specific boiler?

There are a few different types of boilers for you to choose between, each of which have their advantages and disadvantages. Often, the characteristics of a property will determine which type of boiler is most suitable.

Modern boilers use either gas or electricity to generate heat which is transported throughout your property through a network of pipes. Once you have established whether you would prefer a gas or electric boiler, you can then choose a specific system.

When choosing a system there are a range of factors that should be considered, these include: the size of the property, when it was built and whether it is connected to the gas supply.

Our advice is to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable plumbers in Ipswich. During your appointment, our engineer will ask about your requirements and assess the property allowing them to provide a suitable recommendation.

For further information on the different types of boiler, you may find this article to be particularly insightful.

Does my boiler come with a guarantee?

Purchasing a new boiler is likely to be a considerable investment. Every manufacturer has their own unique warranty and returns policy. The warranty period of a boiler is usually significantly longer than other pieces of technology. It can be anywhere from 2 to 12 years depending on the brand you choose. If something goes wrong with your boiler within the warranty period, the manufacturer will repair (or replace) it without charge. Thus, it is definitely worth purchasing a model with a longer guarantee.

Our Ipswich plumbers highly recommend Ideal Boilers which come with a 10 to 12 year warranty as standard. For further information, you may find this article helpful.

In addition to the manufacturer backed warranty period, at PROTEC Plumbing & Heating we provide a one year guarantee on the workmanship of our engineers. In the unlikely event that your boiler installation in Ipswich was hampered by our workmanship, we promise to put it right for you.

How long does it take to install a new boiler?

The installation of a new boiler can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. It really depends on the existing set-up. If you are swapping out an old system, it is likely to take between 4 and 6 hours to complete the installation. However, upgrading a boiler from a traditional system (one with an external water tank) to a combination boiler will take a little longer to complete.

Others factors which may cause an installation to take longer include:

  • If you want your boiler moving to a different location in the property.
  • If our plumber notices an issue such as a breach of the gas safety regulations.
  • If you would like a smart thermostat installed, such as Hive.
  • If you would like a magnetic boiler filter installing.
  • How much does a new boiler cost?

    It really depends on the type and specification of your chosen system. As a rule of thumb, you can expect to pay anywhere between £500 and £3,000.

    My current boiler is electric, can I switch to a gas boiler?

    If you have an electric boiler, one reason for this may be that the property is not connected to the gas network. When this is the case, switching to a gas boiler may be costly because you would have to be connected to the gas supply before the boiler can be installed. Alternatively, if your property is already connected to the gas mainline, it should not be too much of an issue to change to a gas based system. However, the location of the new boiler may be somewhat limited due to the location where the gas supply enters the property.

    My current boiler is a gas boiler, can I switch to an electric system?

    Switching from a gas boiler to an electric system is not an issue. Since an electric boiler has no need for a gas flue to be installed, the new system can be installed anywhere within the property, including where your current system is situated. The installation is likely to be the same, or similar, and there shouldn’t be that much work required.

    If you have any questions regarding boiler installations in Ipswich that have not been answered within this post, we would be happy to answer them for you. Simply send us a message on our contact form and one of our Ipswich plumbers will get back to you promptly. When we receive new questions related to boiler installations, we will add them to this article – so definitely check back in the future!