Replacing your old boiler could make a positive difference to the energy efficiency of your commercial premises, and reduce your bills as well. But while it can sound like a big job, it doesn’t have to be daunting – or disruptive. In fact, there’s plenty to get excited about. Here’s our guide on when to book a replacement, and what to expect.
With any investment, you want to be absolutely sure you’re making the right call. So when it comes to replacing your commercial boiler, it’s understandable that you might have concerns about whether it’s the right time to make the switch, or even whether it’s necessary at all. It could be that the heating system has stopped working completely, or that a simple fault needs tackling. It could be that you’re putting up with regular trouble… or that little issues – a leak or a loss of pressure – could actually be resolved by a service.
How often should I replace my boiler?
A good quality, properly installed boiler should generally last around 10-15 years, providing it’s been looked after and serviced regularly. You shouldn’t need to replace your boiler more often than this.
If your boiler is only a few years old and not working as it should, you should check whether it’s still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. If not, you should get it repaired by a qualified Gas Safe engineer.
How do I know I need to replace my boiler?
Generally, there are some clear signs that indicate it’s time to replace your boiler:
Do I need to replace my boiler with the same model?
You don’t have to replace your commercial boiler with the exact same model. However, this could help to make the replacement’s installation a bit more straightforward. Just take care to review all available options from various manufacturers to make sure you’re choosing the most efficient model for your needs – and don’t forget to consider more environmentally friendly options, including air source heat pumps, if they’re suitable for your building.
How much does a new boiler cost?
The cost to replace a commercial boiler can vary significantly. Using a care home as an example, it starts anywhere from £2,000 for a small light commercial boiler, up to more than £50,000 for the bigger, more powerful boilers. It also depends on a number of factors:
The cost to replace your boiler will depend on:
If you’re spending hundreds or even thousands of pounds on a new boiler system, you want to make sure that it’s going to work the best it can. So, there might be some extra boiler replacement services to consider:
Can I get help with my boiler replacement cost?
What size boiler do I need?
Don’t over-size a boiler for the sake of it. Too big and you’ll end up paying for energy you don’t need. Too small, and your residents might end up with cold baths. Either way, an incorrectly sized boiler will cause significant issues.
Can I improve my carbon footprint?
If you’re replacing a gas boiler, the obvious choice is to go for another gas boiler. But it’s also worth considering switching to low-carbon alternatives such as air or ground source heat pumps.
What happens during a boiler replacement?
This very much depends on the company installing your boiler. Typically the installation will follow these steps:
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