Boilers are critical at providing a property adequate amounts of hot water for heating, cooking and cleaning. For those who are looking to purchase a new unit or upgrade an existing boiler, there are a few important factors to keep in mind. We will begin by examining the two main categories that are available.

Conventional Boilers

This conventional system employs a separate water tank alongside the boiler itself. These have been the traditional type of boilers within countless homes throughout the United Kingdom. Modern boilers will use computerised temperature control systems to increase heating capacity and save a considerable amount of energy. With the use of iron heating elements, the water within this tank is warmed and sent throughout the home. The latest advancements have now allowed this type to be incredibly efficient and larger tanks can hold massive amounts of water before they will need to be refilled via the mains service. Manufacturers include Ideal, Vaillant and Grant.

Combination Boilers

Combination boilers are relatively new on the market and are a result of technological advancements as well as the use of an integrated approach to home heating. Also known as "combi" boilers, water is pumped from the mains without the requirement of a storage tank. Thus, an unlimited amount of hot water is available. This system is ideal for those with limited space within their property. Finally, installation tends to be a bit easier in comparison with conventional boilers. Worcester-Bosch and Baxi are two common manufacturers (including those mentioned previously).

To review, some of the primary benefits of conventional boilers are:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Large storage tanks.
  • Predictably hot water.

In contrast, combination boilers offer:

  • Space-saving characteristics.
  • Unlimited access to hot water via mains supplies.
  • Easy installation.

Boiler Repair and Installation Services

Even well-maintained boilers will need servicing from time to time. Common reasons can include an incorrectly functioning pilot light, broken fittings or (in the case of a conventional boiler) a leaking storage tank. Depending upon the situation in question, a minor repair may only be needed. However, a ruptured tank or an extremely old boiler could very well need to be replaced entirely. Of course, it is first essential to secure the opinion of a trained professional. It should also be known that the homeowner should never attempt to service a boiler alone. Not only can this present a potentially dangerous situation, but it will likely void any warranty which may still be attached. These are some of the key basics to appreciate in regards to modern boilers, their repair and maintenance.