Facts You May Want to Know about Boiler Installation
If you have recently purchased a boiler, you will need to have it installed. Oftentimes, when you make your purchase, the installation is actually included in the price. However, some people buy from manufacturers, in which case they will need to also arrange for installation separately.
How to Find an Independent Engineer
The most important thing to look for in a boiler install is to make sure the engineer has accreditation. This tells you that they have received the necessary training to actually do the work. Additionally, if you have a gas fire, you need to make sure that they are qualified to work on gas as well. If you use an unqualified engineer, you may save a bit of money, but you could end up with lots of problems. Indeed, a boiler that is not properly installed can be incredibly dangerous, particularly if it uses gas. Additionally, it won’t be as efficient. In most cases, your engineer will want to visit your home before they agree to do the installation, also so that they know what tools they will need.
Do make sure that you know the type of boiler that you want to have installed. This is also due to the fact that not every boiler can fit in every space. Combi-boilers are quite small and can fit in the vast majority of domestic properties. However, an open vent system, by contrast, will need a great deal of space, as it comes with two separate water tanks. One if for the storage of cold water, and the other will be used to store hot water. Usually, the cold water tank will be stored in the loft, which means you must have a loft or attic. The boiler itself should be quite close to the tanks so that it is more efficient. A combi-boiler will generally be placed nearer to the water source.
Take a look at where your current boiler is placed, as this is likely to be the best place for your new boiler as well. This is also more cost-effective, because most of the necessary pipes will already be there. However, do discuss this with your engineer, as they may feel that it will be more efficient overall to place them somewhere else.
Some Things to Be Aware of
A lot of people have their old boiler removed when they shop for a new one. However, if they have to find their own installation company separately, there may be a period of time between taking one boiler out and putting the new one in. This means that you may have an interrupted hot water supply. Installing a new boiler should take no more than a day, however, so you should be able to plan this properly.
As soon as the boiler is installed, the engineer will run a few tests to make sure it is working properly. Once that is completed, which should take no more than 10 minutes, your boiler will be ready to start working.
Do make sure that your engineer provides you with information in terms of how to use the boiler, how to set up the thermostat and timer and what the energy efficiency is.