Are you looking for a short-term cheap boiler solution?
We all like to save money, and although finding a decent working boiler is important, sometimes the long-term isn’t as much of an issue.
I have many customers who come to me as first-time buyers, landlords, or those just looking for a quick fix that will do the job in the short-term – without having to shell out extra money for things such as long-life guarantees or fancy add-ons.
That’s why I’ve decided to put together this blog, to give you my top tips for finding the best short-term cheap boiler.
1. Output and flow rate
Saving money on a cheap boiler may seem appealing, but don’t make a decision based solely on price. It’s important to check the boiler you are purchasing is the right size for your home. You can do this by checking your heating output and flow rate matches up to the boiler’s specifications. If you’re unsure, you can get a certified heating engineer to check for you.
If you’re going to take the plunge and purchase a cheap boiler, you may not require the longest guarantee, but you will need one that’ll cover you if anything does go wrong. Look for a guarantee that will have you covered for parts AND labour – and preferably run through the boiler’s own brand, rather than a separate insurer.
TIP: Many cheap boilers come with two-year guarantees, but if you do your research and shop around, you might find one with up to a five-year guarantee for around the same price.
3. Good reputation
The second thing you’ll need to look for in a cheap boiler is a good name/reputation. There are so many cheap boiler brands out there to choose from, so I recommend looking up online reviews and seeing what kind of reputation a brand has before making your final decision.
Just because a brand is well-known, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be your best bet in terms of reliability. If you go online and come across the same problems being mentioned again and again with a particular brand, that should be a red flag.
4. Easily available parts
Your cheap boiler may need replacement parts later down the line, so it’s important to check whether those parts are readily available. One of the best ways to ensure this is to pick a brand of boiler that is manufactured in the UK, but you can also check with an engineer or manufacturer.
5. Dedicated engineers
When it comes to servicing your boiler, dedicated engineers are always a good sign. This means that they are experienced with – and only work with – your particular brand of boiler, and are familiar with how they work. Agents or contractors may be used to working with several different brands, or may not even have much experience with your particular type of boiler.
6. Good customer service
This isn’t always as easy to check, but if possible, at least check online to see the different ways you can contact customer service. Is there a phone number to call, or just an online form? Again, it’s wise to check online reviews to see if you can find anything about the level of customer aftercare a particular brand provides.
7. Noise factor
Finally, noise can be a factor when considering a cheap boiler – mainly due to the cheaper components used. Depending on where you install your cheap boiler – for instance, in a bedroom – you may notice the noise more. Of course, noise will vary between brands, and if you think noise might be a problem, you might want to consider locating your boiler elsewhere.
If you’re in the market for a short-term solution, a cheap boiler can seem like the answer to all your prayers. However, don’t just be swayed by price; there are plenty of other considerations before making your final decision. Always check your cheap boiler is the right size for your home, with the correct central heating output and flow rate. A guarantee should cover you for parts and labour, parts should be readily available if necessary, and you should be able to check online reviews to see if there are any warning signs that your boiler might be a dud. Good luck!