Results from Which? surveys suggest there are better alternatives to installing boilers

Affordable Alternative Products To Installing A Boiler

It’s official; when boilers start needing repairs, the cost of spare parts (and not to mention labour charges) start to rack-up quickly.

Morrison Sustainable Energy has more cost-effective alternatives to installing and maintaining a boiler.

A new study which was undertaken by the consumer research magazine ‘Which?’ has highlighted the top four parts that fail in a condensing gas boiler:

  • The diverter valve
  • Auto air vent
  • Pressure relief valve
  • Printed circuit board

The cost of the four most common repairs ranges from an average of £98 to £268.

The publication asked 153 of its Trusted Traders heating engineers how much they would charge for parts and labour to fix the most common boiler faults and which parts are most likely to fail in a gas boiler. Although prices will obviously vary depending on the make of boiler and location, the survey found that the average cost of replacing a diverter valve was £187, an automatic air vent will set the householder back £98 and a pressure relief valve £101, while the most costly replacement part is a PCB, with an average bill of £268.

A related report into common boiler problems suggests that two of the three most common faults should not need a replacement part or a visit from an engineer. These are frozen boiler condensate pipe, pressure loss and water leakage. ‘Which?’ advises that learning how to defrost a condensate pipe can help to avoid a costly call out charge, while most users should be able to repressurise their system. However, water leaking from a boiler is usually the result of old and corroded washers which will need a qualified heating engineer to open up the boiler and replace them. The magazine also highlights the importance of ensuring that a boiler is serviced annually, with readers advised that the average cost of a service is about £70.

Earlier this year, ‘Which?’ asked 7500 of its members about their experience of boiler repairs. Four in ten people responded that their boiler had needed a repair within the first six years of operation.

So what are the alternatives?

Why put a boiler in when they are expensive to run and prone to breakdowns, costing lots of money; learn more about the following alternative products from Morrison Sustainable Energy:

Morrison Solar-assisted Hot Water System

Morrison Infrared Heating

Morrison Solar PV Panels & Batteries

Please get in touch if you have any questions surrounding these products. We can also do some calculations to demonstrate how much money you could save in the long-run too! Get in touch today…


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