Replacing a boiler
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I need to replace an old boiler. Any advice would be much appreciated. Worcester Bosch? Or Vaillant? And should I use British Gas to fit it (too expensive?)
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Vaillant, WB or Viessmann are the usual premium options.
BG will typically quote 40% more than an independent GSR RGI.
As for installation - try local fitters, BOXT or the manufacturer direct as some offer an installation service using accredited installers in your area.
I think the likes of Boxt etc have taken some of the competitiveness out of the market. Your local heating engineer can now look online to see what Boxt are going to quote you and come in at the same sort of price or just under to win the job. Boxt are making a decent profit to pay for their nice offices, call centre staff etc where the local indy wouldn't have these costs. I'd expect them to be a good bit cheaper but that doesn't seem to be the case with many.
As an example, I've just been quoted £2750 by an indy for a new boiler install. Straight swap to a 30kw WB combi. The cheapest options were around £1900 for a cheap boiler. 3 years ago I had a complete central heating install in a 2 bed house I was renovating for £1900 including boiler with 10 year warranty, 5 radiators, all new pipework etc.