New Boiler Installation

Getting your new energy efficient boiler with MDS Plumbers

Here at MDS Plumbers we install a wide range of different boiler brands, types, and budgets. Our aim is to provide a benchmark new boiler installation service time after time. As homeowners we tend only to see the importance in our boiler when problems occur with heating and hot water. These create big issues at home and can sometimes mean a lengthy delay in getting your boiler repaired or replaced.

Boiler Energy Efficiency

Our heating at home accounts for approx. 53% of our total energy spend (source: energy saving trust) and with this a new energy efficient boiler can make a big difference in what you pay. If your boiler is very old, there is a good chance it will not be as efficient as a new boiler. Additionally, older boilers are more likely to breakdown or need expensive repairs.

Modern boilers are much more energy efficient for a variety of different reasons, but one key difference is that they are all condensing boilers. This means that it has a larger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, and sends the cooler gases up the flue.

What are the signs that you need a new boiler?

All boilers don’t have an expiration date, but if you fail to look after them they can start to breakdown and this will create problems with your heating and hot water. But, what are the key signs that you may need a new boiler? Here we highlight some key indicators to look out for:

Increased energy bills

If your boiler is old and inefficient, it will be likely that you are paying more for your energy bills. Switching to a new energy efficient boiler will help reduce what you pay for your energy. Additionally, you will be reducing your carbon footprint.

Frequent breakdowns

If there is always something wrong with the boiler and you have to be without hot water and heating every other day, the boiler needs to go. There is no point to spend money on repairs, call-outs and quick fixes. It’s better to get a new boiler and have peace of mind.

The boiler is making noises or has strange smells

When a boiler is turned on, it makes a noise. It’s normally a constant hum that you might not even notice. However, if your boiler is clunking, banging or whirring, these sounds should alarm you. A healthy boiler never gives off any odour. If your boiler has started emitting a bad smell lately, it needs to be investigated.

Replacements parts have discontinued

Even if your old boiler is well-maintained and working efficiently, you might be better off with an upgrade. The parts of old boilers are usually hard to find. In some cases, they have discontinued. This means if any part breaks down, the boiler will become useless.

Reduced pressure

When a boiler is losing its pressure, this might be because of a leakage in the system. The pressure also drops when air is escaping through a valve. This problem can be fixed by adding a leak sealer to the heating system. However, if the cause of pressure loss is something else, you need to get your boiler assessed immediately. This could also be a sign you need a new boiler.

Learn about boilers

We know that this can be confusing, so don’t worry. When our home surveyor visit your property, they will talk you through everything that you need to know. Once you have all this information, you should be more educated on making the right decision.

You can watch the video opposite, that may help answer some questions you have.

Boiler types explained

A Combination or ‘Combi’ boiler is both a high efficiency water heater and a central heating boiler in a single compact unit. Combi boilers heat water directly from the mains when you turn on a tap, so you won’t need a hot water storage cylinder or a cold water storage tank in the roof space.

Detailed below is the benefits:

  • Compact sizes make combi boilers perfect for smaller properties
  • Ideal where there is little or no loft space
  • No need for a hot water cylinder allows increased living space
  • No cold water storage tank frees up a loft for conversion
  • No risk of loft pipework freezing
  • Less pipework in the home makes installation typically cheaper

Regular boilers (sometimes known as traditional, conventional, heat only or back boilers) are ideally suited to homes that already have a traditional heating and hot water system which is linked to a separate hot water cylinder. These boilers also need a cold water storage tank in the loft to feed the hot water cylinder as well as a tank that maintains the water level of the central heating system.

Detailed below is the benefits:

  • Perfect for homes where a lot of hot water is used at the same time
  • Ideal where there are two or more bathrooms
  • A good option in areas where water pressure is low
  • Compatible with solar water heating systems for a lower carbon footprint and lower energy costs

System boilers require a cylinder for storing hot water, however the major heating and hot water system components are built into the boiler itself, making it quicker and easier to install. In addition, there is no need for a tank in the loft, so it can be an option in a home with little or no loft space or where the space is earmarked for a conversion.

Detailed below is the benefits:

  • Ideal for homes with more than one bathroom
  • Constant supply of hot water to any number of taps at the same time
  • No need for a loft tank, freeing up space and eliminating worries about leaks or frost damage
  • Economical to run
  • Built-in components makes installation quicker and neater

Boiler types explained

What is a Programmable Room Thermostat?

A programmable room thermostat is both a boiler programmer and a room thermostat, and allows you to set different room temperatures for different times of the day and night. When programmed correctly, it prevents the system from having to heat your home from a cold start. The boiler simply ‘tops up’ the temperature, which saves energy and improves comfort.

What are Smart Controls?

Smart controls are available for central heating and hot water systems and can be operated from a compatible smart device using a wireless internet connection. The apps on the smart devices generally make the controls very simple to use and can include a host of different features such as usage information to help you identify how you could save money. Your Local Plumbing Company install several smart controls including the Hive Active Heating, Honeywell evohome, the Worcester Wave and the Nest Smart Thermostat.

Contact us today for all your boiler issues in Warrington, Birchwood, Altrincham, Widnes, Runcorn, Stockton Health covering a 15-mile radius of Warrington.

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