Don’t get into hot water by missing the boiler off your checklist. Here’s what to ask during home viewings. Plus, your chance to win a boiler worth £4,000 with our competition.
They say home is where the heart is. But arguably the heart of your home (and the thing that keeps heat and hot water pumping around it) is your boiler.
A new boiler can be a good selling point for any property, but it is often low down on the list of priorities for many home-movers.
Asking the right question during your property search can give you a good insight into the home and its running costs.
We’ve teamed up with Baxi to make sure you’re in the know and to offer you the chance to win a brand new boiler.
Here’s what to ask when you're moving home:
When was the current boiler installed and when was it last serviced?
You’ve found a home you want. Now get into the nitty gritty and ask when the boiler was last installed or serviced.
If the boiler is relatively new, it may have a warranty - and you'll want to request this paperwork via your solicitor.
If a boiler is 15-years-old or more and you want to go ahead with the purchase, it will be worth requesting the boiler is serviced as part of the survey.
How energy efficient is the boiler?
If the boiler was installed before 2005 then chances are it is an old “standard efficiency” boiler rather than a more modern high efficiency condensing model.
Building regulations changed in 2005 requiring all new boilers to be condensing. These boilers condense water vapour in the exhaust gases to recover latent heat which would otherwise be wasted.
If your boiler was installed after April 2018 then your boiler will be at least 92% efficient.
Having a more efficient boiler is better for both the planet and your wallet in the long run.
If your boiler is an old standard efficiency model, for every £1 of gas you burn at best only 80p is actually used for heat and the other 20p is wasted heat that goes straight up the flue.
Replacing the old boiler with a new condensing boiler, programmer and room thermostat could save you up to £315 a year on your heating bills, according to Energy Saving Trust.
Keeping things at boiling point
Once you’ve found your new home and moved in, there are a few key things to understand to help you keep your boiler in good working order.
Here are our top tips:
1. Top up the water pressure
Sometimes water pressure in boilers needs to be topped up.
You should be able to do it yourself without having to call a heating engineer.
This video will show you how to easily top up the water pressure.
2. Bleed your radiators
You’ll know if you have to bleed your radiators because there will be cool areas near the top that won’t warm up when the heating is on.
Radiators need to be bled because air collects at the top. This is quite normal and the most common culprit is a towel rail in the bathroom.
We recommend you check your radiators when you move into your new home, and then at least once a year, particularly when you first switch on your heating after the summer.
Bleeding radiators is a simple job you can do yourself, find out more about how to here.
Look out for signs of rust, though. If this appears or you need to bleed them often, you may have a leak somewhere in the system. A Gas Safe registered engineer can fix this for you.
3. Turn the temperature down
Turn the thermostat down by one degree and leave it for a day. Do you still feel warm enough?
Turn it down by another degree and continue over a few days until it’s a little too cool. Then turn the thermostat back up by a degree.
Why is this important? Every degree you turn it down could save you up to £60 on your annual energy bill, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Win a boiler with Zoopla and Baxi
Would you like to win a brand new boiler worth £4,000? Then why not enter our competition. It takes just a minute to enter and the prize could keep you snug this winter and for many years to come.
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