Our boilers are an essential way to heat our home and are vital during the autumn and winter months. As well as providing us with heating when the weather turns colder, they are also essential for hot water in our home. A working boiler is one of the most important aspects of running a household. Therefore, when something goes wrong with your boiler, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible. You don’t want your family to have to cope with a lack of hot water and no heating, especially if you are in the heart of the winter months. Whether it’s leaking or will not start up, it’s important to get professional help.
A good boiler repair company will come out and check over the boiler, finding out the issue. They will notify you if your boiler requires a quick fix or whether you need a boiler replacement. Of course, when you have to get the professionals in to look at your boiler, it is going to cost you money. And a lot of families are concerned that it will cost more than they can afford. So you can budget accordingly, here is a guide on how much does a boiler repair cost so you know on average how much you will have to spend to get your boiler up and running again.
The average costs of a boiler repair
When you have to call out a professional boiler repair company to fix your broken boiler, you are looking at a cost of between £100-500. The average tends to be around £300 if it’s something that is fixed easily and does not necessarily need lots of additional parts. Of course, this boiler repair cost depends on the issue which we will discuss in more detail in this article. After all, if something is a lot more complicated to fix, it’s going to be the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to costs. This cost also will have a VAT charge as extra that you will need to pay. Also, if it’s an emergency repair such as gas leaking from the boiler, this will be at a higher price with the average being £410 for this type of emergency repair.
It’s worth noting that when it comes to boiler engineers, some of them will charge an hourly rate instead of a fixed fee for the boiler repair. This hourly fee will be depending on how many hours it takes to complete the repair. The hourly fee is up to the specific engineers and you may find you will have to pay a call-out fee on top.
In some cases, if a repair is not possible, you will have to install a new boiler which is, unfortunately, a higher cost. Boiler repair companies will only do this if necessary and will inform you of the charges of different boilers and will discuss with you which one is best suited to you. The average cost of a new gas boiler is £1000 and £3750 depending on the type of boiler you go for.
The factors that can affect the price
While we have given you the average repair prices, here are some of the other factors that can affect the price of the boiler repair.
The price of the boiler repair will be affected depending on the issue with the boiler. For instance, one common part that often needs replacing is the gas valve. This can get stuck or rust over time and needs replacing. If this does need replacing, this would be on average at around £200. But if the issue is something more serious such as a replacement heat exchanger, you are looking at double this price. Therefore, it all depends on the problem when it comes to the price of the repair.
Whether you are having issues with banging from the boiler, it keeps turning itself off or is giving off a strange smell, you should contact the boiler engineers who will be able to diagnose the issue and then discuss the cost of the repair.
The time frame
Another factor that can affect the cost of the repair is the time frame. For instance, if you are in the middle of the colder months, you will likely need the repair completing as soon as possible. So you are likely to pay emergency rates to get the job completed quicker. As you are requiring an engineer at an emergency level, you are likely to spend at least £100 more than normal. If you go for just a normal repair service, you are looking at a day or two depending on their schedule and what they need to get to complete the repair.
The parts required
In some cases, the engineer will be able to fix the boiler without needing to replace any parts. But if something has broken or rusted inside the boiler, they will likely need to order the parts to complete the repair. In this case, you will be charged the cost of the parts as well as the cost of the repair. So this can also affect the boiler repair cost overall.
The age of your boiler
You will also find the price of the boiler repair is affected by the age of your boiler. If you have an older model, it might be the case that more might need to be completed to get your boiler up and running again. Also, when it comes to an older boiler, it might be harder to source the parts required to fix the boiler. Therefore, the parts are likely to be higher because of this. Newer parts are a lot easier to find and to fit onto the boiler so the price will reflect this.
The location of the boiler
Where you live can also make a difference in how much the boiler repair will cost. If you live in the capital, you will find that the rate for engineers will be a lot higher than in other parts of the country. They will charge higher hourly rates than other areas. They tend to have larger companies situated in these cities who will charge more than the smaller, independent engineers based in the countryside and less populated areas.