For many people in UK, boiler repairs could cost a lot, and probably even more for replacement. An investigation reveals that quotes from some engineers range from £1,500 to over £4,700 for the exact same boilers.
Same Boiler, Different Quote
The investigation involved asking ten heating engineers to provide quotation for the installation of a cheap boiler and an expensive one. To the investigators’ surprise, the discrepancy in the prices reached up to £3,000 or more, depending on the engineer. The investigation further showed that there were conflicting advices as well, like some saying that the pipes need to be replaced, or boiler repairs are necessary, while others say that they work just fine.
Because of this, homeowners need to be more careful in choosing the heating engineer who will work on their boiler. One tip is to look for an engineer by asking for recommendations from friends and family. Recommendations are a good way to see who does a good job and who doesn’t.
It’s also best to shop in a location where heating engineers could offer competitive prices for even more savings. Summer time could be a good time to look for a heating engineer as it isn’t peak season, and some engineers are less busy during this time because boilers aren’t much used. During winter, more people use boilers, which increases the chance of frozen pipes or broken boilers. In such cases, the quotation might go even higher as heating engineers have limited time and demand is high.
UK also has an Energy Company Obligation program that replaces old boilers with new ones for free or with big discounts for low-income homeowners. There are certain requirements to be eligible for the program, but it could help low-income families save money. Homeowners in other locations may look into their local governments to see if they offer similar services.
For those who are confident in their repairing skills, fixing the boilers and pipes themselves could also work. For example, pouring hot water on the pipe could help defrost it and prevent blockages. However, this must be done with utmost care to prevent causing more damage or even hurting someone.