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Are you thinking about getting a brand new combi boiler for your home to keep it nice and warm in winter? Gas boilers are one of the most significant investments that you can make when you’re improving your home. If you’ve never had new one installed before or it’s been a long time since you last replaced your gas boiler, what is it that you need to know to make the right choice for your household?
There are different types of gas boiler such as the
When budgeting for your replacement combi boiler, here’s a general range of prices to give you a good idea of just how much you’ll need to save up.
|On your quote||Range of prices|
|The cost of your boiler||£625-£6,190|
|Boiler installation cost||£630-£780|
|Cost of moving pipes||£190-£310|
|Mechanical flush before installation||£440-£535|
As you can see, there’s a really wide variation between the bottom price and the top price. That variation is caused mainly by the cost of the boiler you choose. Please do bear in mind that most homeowners will choose a combi boiler which costs them between £625 and £1,250 so you should expect to pay no more than £1,885 to £2,500 when you factor in installation charges. In addition, mechanical flushes are only needed when you’re replacing a very old boiler system. What that means, in probably 85% or more of installations, is that you won’t need to budget the £440 to £535 it costs into your calculations. Later in this article, we’ll look at the other factors that influence the price of a gas combi boiler installation. Benefits: A new gas boiler is likely to be more efficient than your old one. More cost effective resulting in you probably being able to save a significant amount of money on your fuel bills every year. It is also possibly going to be more compact than your old one thus taking up less space.
There are a number of different key factors that not only influence the price of the boiler you pay but which also influence how suitable the boiler is for your home.
Dimensions – first is the height, the width, and the depth of your boiler. If your replacement combi boiler is going into the same place in your home where it is now, your installer will probably recommend a boiler which is exactly the same size or very close in size. If you’re moving the boiler to a new location in your property, be sure to tell the installer where you want it to go to so that he or she can recommend a boiler which fits comfortably into the place you have in mind.
Flow rate – the flow rate lets you know how many litres of water your combi boiler can handle every minute. The more taps you have around the home, the better it is to have a higher flow rate.
Output – closely connected to the flow rate is the output (measured in kilowatts (kW)). You want your water to be hot when it comes out of the tap or out of the shower. To achieve that, you’ll need a combi boiler that can easily heat up the amount of water that your household generally needs just when it needs it.
Energy efficiency rating – combi boiler technology has come a long way in a few years and they’ve become very energy efficient. “A”-rated boilers use 90% of more of the gas used in heating water for your taps and your radiators with “B”-rated boilers coming close behind at 85-89% utilisation. The more energy efficient your boiler, the lower your gas bills.
What other factors does an installer consider when making a combi boiler recommendation for your home? Of course, every property is different and the people living in these properties have different needs but here’s the general rule of thumb installers use:
If you get the right boiler, you’ll benefit every year from sizable savings on your utility bills. Get it wrong and, although you’ll have all the hot water and heating you’ll ever need, you won’t see the savings on what you pay for your gas because your new combi boiler will cost a lot more to run.
There are six main boiler manufacturers in the UK and installers prefer to work with these big brands because of the quality of the combi boilers they produce and the length of guarantees they offer to clients.
Established in 1962 and suppliers to Sandringham Estate, Worcester Bosch score very highly on internet review sites with both customers and installers.
Worcester Bosch combi boilers guarantees last between 2 years and 5 years depending on the actual model you choose with your installer.
|WORCESTER BOSCH||Dimensions||Max Flow (litres per min)||Max Output||Price|
|Greenstar 25Si||710mm x 400 mm x 330 mm||10.2||25 kW||£850|
|Greenstar 28i Junior||710 mm x 400 mm x 330 mm||11.4||28 kW||£855|
|Greenstar 28CDi Compact||680 mm x 390 mm x 280 mm||11.4||28 kW||£975|
|Greenstar 30Si||710 mm x 400 mm x 330 mm||12.3||30 kW||£955|
|Greenstar 29CDi Classic||760 mm x 440 mm x 360 mm||12.3||29 kW||£1,020|
|Greenstar 32CDi Compact||680 mm x 390 mm x 280 mm||13.1||32 kW||£1,085|
|Greenstar 34CDi Classic||760 mm x 440 mm x 360 mm||14.3||34 kW||£1,060|
|Greenstar Highflow 550CDi||850 mm x 600 mm x 600 mm||14.3||30 kW||£2,035|
|Greenstar 36CDi Compact||680 mm x 390 mm x 280 mm||14.7||36 kW||£1,205|
|Greenstar 38CDi Classic||760 mm x 440 mm x 360 mm||16.4||38 kW||£1,275|
|Greenstar 42CDi Classic||760 mm x 440 mm x 360 mm||17.1||42 kW||£1,435|
|Greenstar Highflow 440CDi||850 mm x 600 mm x 600 mm||20||29 kW||£1,710|
|Greenstar 24i Junior||710 mm x 400 mm x 330 mm||9.8||24 kW||£765|
Potterton, part of Baxi Heating (we cover them later in this article), has been manufacturing boilers since 1850 and there are currently over seven million installed in UK homes.
Guarantees on Potterton boilers last between 1 year and 7 years and you can see their current range of combi boilers below.
|POTTERTON||Dimensions||Max Flow (litres per min)||Max Output||Rating||Price|
|Performa Combi 24 Eco HE||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||9.8||24 kW||B||£640|
|Gold Combi 24 HE A||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||9.8||24 kW||B||£640|
|Performa Combi 24 Eco HE||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||9.8||24 kW||A||£690|
|Performa Combi 24 Eco HE||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||9.8||24 kW||B||£640|
|Performa Combi 30 HE||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||12.1||30 kW||B||£705|
|Heatmax Combi 24 HE||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||9.8||24 kW||A||£720|
|Gold Combi 28 HE A||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||11.5||28 kW||A||£755|
|Heatmax Combi 28 HE||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||11.5||28 kW||A||£790|
|Titanium Combi 24||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||9.8||24 kW||A||£805|
|Gold Combi 33 HE A||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||13.5||33 kW||A||£820|
|Promax Combi 28 HE Plus A<||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||11.5||28 kW||A||£840|
|Titanium Combi 28||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||11.5||28 kW||A||£865|
|Heatmax Combi 33 HE||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||13.5||33 kW||A||£865|
|Titanium Combi 33||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||13.5||33 kW||A||£925|
|Promax Combi 33 HE Plus A||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||13.5||33 kW||A||£950|
|Titanium Combi 40||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||16||40 kW||A||£995|
Ideal were founded in 1906 and they were one of the first companies to manufacture boilers small and powerful enough to be installed in kitchens rather than in basements. They won the “Reader Recommended” badge from Good Housekeeping magazine in both 2017 and 2018.
Depending on the Ideal combi boiler model you choose, guarantees last between 2 years and 10 years.
|IDEAL||Dimensions||Max Flow (litres per min)||Max Output||EE Rating||Price|
|Logic Combi 24||700 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||9.9||24 kW||B||£655|
|Logic Combi ESP1 24||830 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||10.7||24 kW||A||£725|
|Logic Combi 30||700 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||12.4||30 kW||B||£745|
|Logic Combi ESP1 30||830 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||13.4||30 kW||A||£815|
|Logic Combi 35||700 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||14.5||35 kW||B||£850|
|Logic+ Combi 24||700 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||9.9||24 kW||A||£880|
|Logic Combi ESP1 35||830 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||15.7||35 kW||A||£930|
|Vogue Combi 26||740 mm x 445 mm x 330 mm||10.6||26 kW||A||£945|
|Logic+ Combi-30||700 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||12.4||30 kW||A||£965|
|Vogue Combi 26||830 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||10.7||26 kW||A||£980|
|Logic Code Combi ES 26||830 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||10.7||26 kW||A||£1,000|
|Logic+ Combi 35||700 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||14.5||35 kW||A||£1,010|
|Vogue Combi 32||740 mm x 445 mm x 330 mm||13.1||32 kW||A||£1,055|
|Vogue Combi 32||830 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||13.4||32 kW||A||£1,095|
|Vogue Combi 40||740 mm x 445 mm x 330 mm||16.4||40 kW||A||£1,180|
|Vogue Combi 40||830 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||15.7||40 kW||A||£1,220|
|Logic Code Combi ES 33||830 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||13.4||33 kW||A||£1,300|
|Logic Code Combi ES 38||830 mm x 395 mm x 278 mm||15.7||38 kW||A||£1,330|
Based in Derbyshire since 1934 and recently bought out by Valliant (more on Valliant-branded boilers later in this article), the company prides itself on “exceptional and durable energy solutions”.
Glow-worm customers benefit from guarantees on their combi boilers which last between 2 years and 7 years.
|Easicom 24||Dimensions||Max Flow (litres per min)||Max Output||EE||Price|
|Easicom 24||740 mm x 480 mm x 338 mm||9.8||24 kW||B||£625|
|Betacom 24||900 mm x 500 mm x 390 mm||9.8||24 kW||A||£640|
|Flexicom 24cx||700 mm x 390 mm x 280 mm||9.85||24 kW||A||£650|
|Easicom 28||740 mm x 480 mm x 338 mm||11.5||>28 kW||B||£660|
|Betacom 28||900 mm x 500 mm x 390 mm||11.2||28 kW||A||£680|
|Flexicom 30cx||700 mm x 390 mm x 280 mm||12.3||30 kW||A||£695|
|Ultracom 24cxi||726 mm x 418 mm x 346 mm||10.4||24 kW||A||£740|
|Ultimate 30c||740 mm x 418 mm x 338 mm||12.5||30 kW||B||£750|
|Ultimate 35c||740 mm x 418 mm x 338 mm||14.6||35 kW||B||£800|
|Ultracom 30cxi||726 mm x 418 mm x 346 mm||12.5||30 kW||A||£875|
|Flexicom 35cx||700 mm x 390 mm x 280 mm||14.4||35 kW||A||£880|
|Ultracom 35cxi||726 mm x 418 mm x 346 mm||14.6||35 kW||A||£975|
|Ultracom2 35 store||890 mm x 470 mm x 561 mm||19.1||35 kW||A||£1,310|
Baxi, now part of the Dutch BDR Therma Group, are based in Warwick and they currently score 98% on customer satisfaction on Reevoo.
Their guarantees last between 2 years and 10 years on their range of combi boilers.
|BAXI||Dimensions||Max Flow (litres per min)||Max Output||EE Rating||Price|
|Neta-tec Combi 24 GA||700 mm x 390 mm x 290 mm||9.8||24 kW||A||£730|
|Duo-tec Combi 24 HE A||780 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||9.8||24 kW||A||£740|
|Duo-tec Combi 24 GA||763 mm x 450 mm x 345 mm||c||24 kW||A||£755|
There are a few leading boiler manufacturers which supply to installers across the UK. In this article, we will be looking at
Worcester Bosch boiler prices range between £770 and £2,030 before installation but including VAT.
Vaillant boiler prices range between £870 and £1,310 before installation but including VAT
Atag boiler prices range between £2,050 and £2,450 before installation but including VAT.
Viessmann boiler prices range between £840 and £1,220 before installation but including VAT.
Baxi boiler prices range between £720 and £1,150 before installation but including VAT.
Glow-worm boiler prices range between £610 and £1,790 before installation but including VAT.
Ideal boiler prices range between £660 and £1,340 before installation but including VAT.
Potterton boiler prices range between £650 and £1,000 before installation but including VAT.
For smaller homes with only one bathroom, combi boilers are the most appropriate choice.
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