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Boiler Installation Glasgow: The Essential Guide To Replacing Your Boiler

We all have to buy a replacement boiler from time to time, but making sure you have got the right boiler at the right price can be daunting. If you live in Glasgow and need a new boiler, this is the guide for you. This is no generic advice column; we’ve got detailed information to help buy and install the best replacement at a great price.

Boiler Installation Glasgow

If you ask someone in Glasgow what their main worry about buying a new boiler is, most would say cost. After all, boilers have a reputation for being very expensive, whilst the heating and gas engineers who fit them are known to be pricey, too. You could fit what most people know about boilers on the back of a postage stamp, so it is no wonder so many worry about being ripped off or spending over the odds.

So here before you is the essential guide to buying a replacement boiler in Glasgow. Read it through to expand your knowledge of what makes a good purchase, plus find the right technician to set you straight for installation and maintenance.

Buying a Boiler in Glasgow

Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland with just under 300,000 households and a total population of around 600,000 people.

As with all UK-based cities, this is both a good thing and a bad thing when it comes to buying a new boiler.

  • On the one hand, it means there are lots of DIY shops and plumbing warehouses where you can look at new boilers and get advice from staff.
  • On the other hand, it means there is almost always a shortage of qualified heating engineers available to do your installation for you.

This is problematic for two reasons. Firstly, it means you will often have to wait weeks to get your replacement boiler installed; and secondly, it means prices are often far higher than you would expect to pay elsewhere in Scotland.

Who should you use to install your new boiler in Glasgow?

The question we get asked most frequently by people from all over the UK, including Glasgow, is who should you use to install your new boiler.

This is not a simple question to answer. The first and most crucial piece of advice is to get as many quotes as you can. We would suggest that three quotes is the absolute minimum you should be looking for. And there is no maximum. The more quotes you get, the better idea you have of what the local market rates are, and the more chance of you finding a great deal.

When you are looking for quotes, there are three different types of installation you can consider from, online, local, and national services. We would suggest you should get at least one quote from each of these different types to allow you to make a comparison.
However, your first port of call should be with a reputable online installation company. The reasons are manifold, but start with convenience. After all, if you’re reading this page, you’ve got access to the internet–and thus the ability to garner a quick quote.

We recommend HEATABLE, and you’ll learn why in just a moment.

But this isn’t the only reason: online installation companies occupy something of a goldilocks zone between national and local installation prices. National companies cast a wide net over the market, and offer standardised rates that will allow them to remain profitable over the largest variety of jobs. Of course, these prices will always favour the company, as they need to hedge against corner cases.

Local engineers, on the other hand, may offer more bespoke service and greater savings, but then again they may not. You’ll find the greatest variance amongst quotes from local specialists, as they have to account for a variety of expensive factors like proximity to the job site, equipment on hand, and available personnel.

Let’s take a look at examples of these three types of specialist installers:

Online Installation Companies

As with most industries, the internet era has shaken up the way a lot of people are buying their new boilers. It has led to a number of new online boiler installation companies springing up. Because these companies are based online, they have low overheads and are able to pass on significant price savings to their customers.

As a result, many can even undercut local companies. A lot of our readers tell us how surprised they are at the amount of money they can save using an online installation company. At the same time, they have the reach to standardise their services, offering more reliable (and less arbitrary) quotes
For these reasons, we recommend that you start your search by obtaining a quote from a reputable online installation company, and use that as a baseline for comparison elsewhere.

HEATABLE – Best Online Boiler Installation Service

HEATABLE is a well-established online installation company that offers some of the lowest possible prices on a wide range of the best boilers from all the top boiler manufacturing companies.

Worcester Bosch Greenstar i from Heatable

They have some great special deals, such as extended warranties, offers flexible financing options which can include 0% APR, and its network of installers are located all over the UK, including in Glasgow, and can get your new boiler installed as quickly as the following day.

If you want to know how much you can save with HEATABLE, just head over to their website and fill in their online form. It will take 2 minutes and they won’t ask for any personal information. What they will do is give you a fixed-price quote for some of the best boilers to suit your boiler.

Viessmann Vitodens 050-W from Heatable

Try HEATABLE today to see how much you can save on your replacement boiler.

National Installation Companies

There are some heating installation companies that operate across the UK, including in Glasgow. These companies are high-profile and often run adverts on TV or in newspapers and magazines. You may well recognise their names, but TV adverts aren’t cheap and these companies run higher overheads which they often pass on to their customers in the form of higher prices.

Some of the most prominent national installation companies you might consider include British Gas and Homeserve

Local Heating and Gas Installers in Glasgow

Never discount local gas and heating engineers, even if it takes a little bit of effort to find a good one. There are usually small companies or independent traders that only operate in Glasgow or perhaps the surrounding areas. Some might advertise in local media but often you will only hear about these engineers through word of mouth.

Local engineers often charge far lower prices for the same work, and as such happy customers are typically eager to share the lowdown on “their guy”. If you know someone who has had a new boiler fitted lately, why not ask them who did it and how much they paid?

What type of boiler do you need?

Identifying the best installer is only part of the job. You also want to make sure you are buying the right boiler for you.

It is difficult for us to recommend the best type of boiler as different boilers are best for different properties.

The first thing to decide is what fuel you want your boiler to run on. There are a number of different options available to you:

  • Gas
  • LPG
  • Oil
  • Electricity
  • Renewable energy sources

Most people in Glasgow will have a mains gas connection, so a gas boiler is likely to be the best and most cost-effective choice.

If you choose gas, the next decision is what type of gas boiler is right for your property. Options include:

  • Combi Boiler
  • Regular Boiler
  • System Boiler
  • Compact Boiler

Most smaller houses, flats, and apartments will best suit a combi boiler, which can generate hot water and heating on demand without the need for a hot water tank.

If you have a larger home, or already have a regular boiler with a tank and like your airing cupboard, then a new regular boiler is probably best for you.

Compact boilers are a smaller type of combi boiler that are ideal for small properties where space is at a premium while system boilers are not commonly used in residential homes these days.

What size boiler do you need?

When we talk about boiler size, we are really talking about its power capacity rather than its physical size.

It is very important to get the right-size boiler for your property. If you choose a boiler that is too small, it will be unable to heat up all your homes. If you end up with one that is too big, you will find your utility bills are higher than they need to be.

It is not an exact science and many people will choose to ask a qualified heating engineer for their views before proceeding with buying a boiler. It does also vary a little depending on the type of boiler you choose.

For combi boilers, which is what most people in Glasgow are likely to be buying, there are three major groups of combi boiler sizes:

  1. 24kW – 27kW
  2. 28kW – 34kW
  3. 35kW – 42kW

Using these three groups it is possible to make a broad estimate of the size of boiler you need for your home. We have compiled the following table to help you:

Property Type Radiators Bathrooms Boiler Size
Apartments, 1 & 2 bed houses 10 or fewer 1 24kW-27kW
Medium size 2-4 bed homes 10-15 2 28kW-34kW
Larger Properties 15-20  2+ 35kW-42kW

This size guide is only a broad estimate and does also depend on the property having a reasonable demand for hot water.

If you are still unsure what sized boiler you need for your property, our best advice is to use an online boiler size guide.

HEATABLE offers one of the best around. Their online form asks you about your property and then recommends boilers of the right size to work in your home. Just spend two minutes filling in the HEATABLE online form and you will know how big a boiler you need and how much you could save.

Heatable new boiler form

Glasgow boiler replacement: How much does it cost?

There are a lot of variables that affect the cost of buying a replacement boiler and the price you can expect to pay is based on the type of boiler you choose too.

Other factors that help to determine the price include which manufacturer you choose and what size boiler you need to buy.

We know you probably want us to put a price into this section, so we considered buying a 24kW combi gas boiler for an average-sized property.

On HEATABLE right now you can get a really high-quality Worcester Bosch boiler meeting those specifications for around £1,700.

Cheaper, less reliable models are available too, and obviously, you can spend more if you want to, but for a Worcester Bosch boiler, that represents excellent value for money.

Moving your boilers location

If you are replacing an old boiler and want to move it to another location in your property, this will increase the cost overall. But it doesn’t have to be by an enormous amount.

Boiler relocation costs will generally depend on the amount of work that needs to be done. If you need lots of new pipework fitting, that is going to drive the price up.

Other things that will cost money include installing new flues and any work to external walls or the roof of your property that is needed, what materials are needed to carry out the relocation, and how long the job is expected to take.

If you need more than one engineer on site to complete the work (because you have a heavy old boiler that one engineer alone cannot safely move for example) this will also cost more.

We would typically expect a boiler relocation to add around £350 to £750 more to your overall bill. However, it is possible that a local engineer or an online installer like HEATABLE might do the job for less.

Do I need to buy any extras?

When you are buying a replacement boiler, it is quite likely that your engineer will recommend some extras that you can get done at the same time. These will drive the cost of your replacement boiler up and some people may think their engineer is just trying to make more money out of them.

But there are some extras that are well worth spending a little money on as they can allow you boiler to last longer and ultimately end up saving you money in the long run. The ones well worth considering include:

  • Magnetic filter – this collects up metallic debris that can build up in your heating system. This debris can develop into a sludge build-up which affects your boiler’s performance and can damage components. A magnetic filter helps prevent this and is a wise investment.
  • Scale filter – If you are prone to limescale and live in a hard water area, a limescale filter is another sensible investment since this can also damage your boiler. Water in Glasgow is soft, so you probably won’t need one of these except out of an abundance of caution.
  • Hot / Power Flush – If your heating system is quite old, your engineer will probably recommend a hot flush or a power flush before you install a new boiler to clear out any debris and sludge that is already in the system. This is a good investment but be careful with power flushes if your system is very old as this can damage joints and older pipework.

If your boiler engineer recommends any other extras, do some research before accepting them. Feel free to leave any questions at the bottom of this guide and we will do our best to answer them all.

Summary

Buying and installing a replacement boiler is a big job and certainly not a cheap one. But if you live in Glasgow there is absolutely no reason for you to be paying over the odds.

In this guide, we have told you everything you need to know about buying and installing a new boiler. We have told you how to choose the right boiler and where to buy from.

We have made some suggestions of local installation companies worth trying and also strongly recommended you get a quote from HEATABLE too.

If you live in Glasgow and have any questions about getting a replacement boiler or any tips for our readers we haven’t covered in this guide, please do leave your thoughts in the comment box below. We always try to respond to every comment.

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