With the average boiler today costing in the region of £2,000, it’s vitally important that you choose the right plumbing company to look after supply and installation. And beyond costs, you also need to bear in mind that your very safety relies on the skills of the workman – should you choose an unqualified cowboy, you could be running the risk of a dangerous fit – with the prospect of CO2 poisoning. Here’s how to choose the right plumbing company for your new boiler.
This is the first and most critical step to ensuring that you choose the right company, and it takes two minutes – check online reviews to gain an idea as to whether the company you’re considering leaves clients happy. We can be found on Google – with more than 50 reviews from satisfied customers.
What qualifications and certifications must a boiler fitter hold?
Any plumber that works with gas must be Gas Safe registered (you should ask to see their official ‘Gas Safe’ identity card to confirm this); they should also hold a Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations Certificate, which is a certification which ensures you plumber knows how to manage a hot water system so as to avoid legionella or scalding.
Generally qualifications required to be a plumber include City and Guilds National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 and 3 in Mechanical Engineering Services-Plumbing (Domestic). Your plumber should also be fully insured – holding at least 2m in public liability insurance in case of accidental damage or injury to property or person.
Choose an established company
A plumbing company that has been in business for years must be doing something right if their reputation seems to be positive. You should also consider that such companies have far more to lose by not looking after their customers as compared to the next company that’s just started up.
Be informed as to costs
The costs of boiler installation vary from company to company, and you should be aware that different installations command varying price points. For example, if you’re installing a new gas condensing boiler in a location that’s different from the original, you’ll need a mechanical flush, and complex plumbing work in order to drain and route the flute. This will be more expensive than simply replacing and switching a gas combi. However, any good plumbing company will provide you with a cast-iron quote, which itemises each of the materials required, as well as labour costs. They’ll also provide a quote for free and be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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