Need a boiler quote? What to consider before buying

A boiler is the heart of a home’s central heating system, supplying heat and hot water. It’s a complicated and expensive piece of machinery, which works by burning gas to heat water, before feeding it into the central heating system.

Finding the right boiler for your home

Get an online boiler quote, check out all the areas we’re covering with local boiler service or read more about the different boiler types on this page.

In today’s market the biggest seller and most popular type of boiler is the combi boiler. A combi boiler heats water directly from the mains, allowing a constant supply of hot water and alleviating the need for a separate water tank.
They are one of the most efficient types of boiler as they will only heat water on demand.
However, just as there are various types of home, so there are various types of boiler; including conventional, system and back boilers.
Boilers come in all shapes and sizes, but which one is right for you?

The different types of boiler

Combi boilers:

  • Compact size; good choice for smaller properties
  • No loft space needed in your home
  • Less pipework required which typically makes the installation cheaper
  • Provides a constant flow of hot water from the mains

System boilers:

  • Suitable for homes with more than one bathroom
  • Doesn’t need a loft tank, which saves space
  • No feed or expansion cistern makes them more efficient
  • Offer a constant supply of hot water to any number of taps

Conventional boilers:

  • Perfect for homes where a lot of hot water is used at the same time
  • Suitable for large households with two or more bathrooms
  • Requires a cold water storage tank in the loft as well as a hot water tank

The most common boiler sizes:

  • 24-25kw – suitable for flats and houses with 2-3 bedrooms, with up to 10 radiators
  • 28-30kw – suitable for 3-4 bedroom properties with up to 15 radiators
  • 33-35kw – suitable for large houses with up to 20 radiators
  • 40kw+ – suitable for larger properties with more than 20 radiators

Popular boiler brands to look out for:

  • Vaillant
  • Ideal
  • Glow-Worm
  • Intergas
  • Worcester Bosch
  • Viessmann
  • Baxi
  • Vokera

When should I consider buying a new boiler?

Unless you’re upgrading your boiler before a problem occurs, it’s likely you’ll be replacing an existing one because it’s not functioning correctly.

Replacement or not?

Before you decide to swap your old boiler for a new one, it’s worth getting a second opinion from a Gas Safe registered engineer, who will be able to check it for you and see if it can be repaired.
It may be the case that a simple remedy is at hand, and it may be possible that an inexpensive solution is available.
If your boiler can’t be repaired an engineer will be able to recommend the best type of boiler to replace it with, taking into consideration the size of your home and budget.
You may also wish to replace your boiler if it’s rated ‘G’ for energy efficiency. ‘G’ is the lowest rating meaning the boiler is likely to be wasting fuel and costing you more money to run.
Installing a new boiler can also add value to your property if you’re looking to rent it out or sell it, and it will also have an effect on the EPC rating of your property.

The fees for servicing your boiler

It’s important to regularly service your boiler to make sure it’s in good working order and to safeguard against potential problems in the future.
Many boiler manufacturers also require an annual boiler service as part of the terms of their warranty.
When it comes to the cost of a boiler service, expect to typically pay around £60-110, depending on the make and age of your boiler.

The expenses for repairing your boiler

In some cases, it may be possible – and make economical sense – to fix your boiler should it develop any faults.
Should your boiler be in need of repair, parts aside, you can expect to pay from £50 upwards. For emergency call outs, prices typically start at £80.

The cost of a new boiler

Prices for a new boiler vary greatly, and can range from £600 to £3,000. This is dependant on many differing factors including what type of boiler it is, the size of the boiler and any additional costs that may result from the installation itself.
We’ve designed a helpful quiz so you can find out the real savings you can make with a new energy efficient boiler. We’ve put the savings into context for you, calculating how much money you’ll have left each year to spend on your favourite things.

The boiler you choose will also very much depend on your individual requirements and circumstances.
Booths Gas Services can provide you with an indicative price for a new boiler.
Get a boiler quote by entering your details on our online form and we’ll email you an indicative cost straight to your inbox.
You may also want to find out if you’re eligible for a boiler scrappage scheme, which offers a £400 rebate on old boilers with an energy efficiency rating of ‘G’.

Pay monthly for your new boiler

Many heating companies offer finance packages to help spread the cost of buying a new boiler.
Flexible payment options can make buying a new boiler more manageable, and you can choose the length of your payment term to suit your budget and lifestyle.

Booths Gas Services do offer finance packages, simply give us a call and we can advise.

Save money with improved heating efficiency

It’s no secret that a new boiler can be a costly investment, but along with improved heating there are also many long-term financial benefits.
Your new boiler could potentially save you money on your heating bill if it’s more energy efficient than the one it replaces.
Under EU guidelines, all newly manufactured boilers must hold an energy efficiency rating of ‘A’.
An ”A”-rated boiler holds an energy rating of at least 88% compared to similar boilers.

Tips to save money on your bill

Along with replacing your boiler, there are many other, less expensive, ways in which you can save money on your monthly bill:

  • Draught-proof your windows
  • Insulate your loft / walls
  • Insulate your windows
  • Purchase a smart thermostat
  • Install thermostat radiator valves (TRVs)
  • Move to a cheaper gas and electricity provider
  • Boiler installation time

In many cases Booths Gas Services can recommend and install a new boiler in as little as 48 hours as well as offering emergency boiler repairs, depending on the type of boiler you choose*.

It may occasionally take up to three days to install a new boiler if it requires more work.
For example: converting from a system boiler to a combi boiler, is a more complicated job than a straightforward upgrade.

Get a boiler quote

To receive a free quote on a new boiler, simply answer a few simple questions using our online form and get a boiler quote in Preston.

10 winter roof checks


We’re pretty lucky here in Lancashire, apart from suffering the effects of the recent spate of hurricanes! Most of the time we rarely suffer from very cold, wet or prolonged winters. But there are a few simple things you can do to prepare your home, just in case.

Your roof is one of the areas of your house that deserves a bit of attention at this time of year. It experiences the brunt of bad weather. Regular inspection can help you spot any problems early and save money in the long run. Roof problems, if severe, can also invalidate your insurance policy.

We’ve asked Total Roofing Solutions, who deal with roofing in Preston, to give us their top tips for roof inspection!

Just before we launch into our list, a safety warning! Roofs are high and they can be steep and slippery. Only attempt any on-roof maintenance if you have a sturdy ladder (that’s long enough so you don’t have to over-reach) or scaffold, an appropriate harness, appropriate footwear and a head for heights. If you’re not 100% confident, get Total Roofing Solutions to come and take a look for you. Don’t put yourself or anyone else in danger!

1)    Check from the inside first.

Get up in the loft and see if you can see any damp patches, rotten bits or sagging in the roof. If you can see any of these, we recommend calling in a specialist before you do anything else as you’re going to need some work done! If you can spot any light sources, that might be an indication of damaged or missing tiles or flashing.

2)    Look up.

It’s sensible to have a first look at the outside of the roof from the ground. A pair of binoculars might help. Can you spot any damaged or missing tiles? Is there a lot of moss? These are all things that will need to be addressed when you get up there.

3)    Check your vents.

Remove debris from any ventilation channels to make sure air can pass through. This can help to prevent condensation which can cause damage to your home.

4)    Unblock the gutters.

Remove any leaves, moss or other debris to keep gutters clear. Clogged gutters will hold moisture which can cause particular problems if it freezes. Blocked gutters might also cause water to flow down the outside of your house and into the foundations, or into your eaves. A handy tip: use brushes or plastic tools to clear your gutters. Metal tools can cause damage to the plastic.

5)    Check your the condition of your gutters.

Check for any holes and make sure the gutter is securely attached to the wall. If there are any holes, that section of gutter will need replacing.

6)    Check the roof tiles.

When you get up on the roof, look for any damaged or missing tiles. If you spot any, replace them immediately. Snow, in particular, can put extra pressure on tiles and force any loose ones off. If there are gaps, water can get to roof timbers causing expensive structural damage.

If you’re competent and confident with your DIY skills, you can replace tiles yourself by removing the tiles above it, attaching the new tile and then replacing the ones above. Make sure you seal the area properly. If you’re in any way unsure, call in Total Roofing Solutions to help.

7)    Remove greenery from your roof.

Moss or ivy on your roof can cause damage through moisture so it’s best to remove it before it gets the chance to cause damage. Try brushing it off if the weather’s dry. Alternatively, there are some specialist cleaning products available which might help.

8)    Check the flashing.

Flashing are the metal strips that seal the chimney to the roof. Check for gaps and slippage. If you spot either, you will need to replace it.

9)    Check the garden.

Are there any trees overhanging your roof that could cause damage in high winds? Falling branches, or even a branch brushing your roof tiles, could cause damage. If you spot a potential hazard, deal with it straight away.

10)   Remove heavy snow drifts.

This might be a bit of a tough job, but is fortunately not called for in this country often. But if we do get alot of snow, ensure there are no heavy drifts building up on your roof. If there are, try to remove to remove the bulk of the weight.

If you need help with any of your roofing in Preston or the surrounding areas, give us a call.