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Hiring a tradesman for central heating system installation or repair
Having a good central heating system is key for living comfortably in your home, but installing or repairing it can be dangerous for the unqualified. You can get a list of the best tradesmen in your local area offering central heating installation or repair as services through Plentific. This free service also provides you with quick access to customer reviews from past jobs to help you compare your choices. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific is covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about central heating system installation or repair?
When it comes to central heating system installation or repair safety is key. Get a professional to assess the problem and do not attempt DIY if you are unqualified. If your system uses gas, ensure that any tradesmen you get in to work on it are gas safety registered. They should carry a card showing what systems and appliances they are qualified to work on. Electric boilers are less dangerous, since poor repairs or installations will not lead to a gas leak, but work must still be carried out by a qualified electrician. Feel free to check the qualifications of your choices: they may have finished an apprenticeship or college or industry qualification, or they may belong to a tradesmen’s organisation. This is a good sign as such groups typically enforce high standards and codes of conduct for their members. You can also ask to see customer reviews to try and get an idea of how satisfactory an experience each choice has delivered in the past. Though it may seem like a simple option, do not let a tradesman buy a boiler on your behalf.
You should take the upkeep of your central heating system seriously. It is good to have servicing done around once a year, though this is less crucial for electric boilers. When you have your central heating system installed you may be offered breakdown cover as part of the quote. Be careful if this is offered by an engineer from a nationwide company as there will be a strong sales element in what they do. Smaller companies can offer breakdown cover too, often at better prices, and cover can usually include servicing. You should also see if they have policies relating to general aftercare, and feel free to ask for advice on maintaining the boiler.
Before making your final decision, ensure that your choice has adequate coverage relating to accidental damage and liabilities. You will also want to check that they have a policy in place for if you are unsatisfied with their work. If problems with your system persist then you do not want to be tricked into paying again for repairs.
How much does central heating system installation or repair cost?
Depending on the type of central heating you have, installing the system could easily cost more than the system itself. There are a few complications that can drive up costs, such as if your pipes need to be moved, the system requires a mechanical flush or if you need to order additional parts. The type of boiler also influences the cost. Gas non-condensing boilers will cost more to install than a gas condensing combi boiler, an electric boiler costs less to install than a gas one, and so on. Do not be afraid to have multiple assessments done - do not take the first quote you are offered, as you want to make sure you are paying for services you definitely need and at a competitive price.
Ask for a breakdown of the quote you are given. You will want to be sure that certain jobs have been included in the price, such as removing and disposing of old parts and appliances. This is not something you should do yourself unless you are qualified.