We’ve seen some people try to install their own boilers, and it’s not pretty. We understand that in these times when everyone is trying to save money, you might think a DIY boiler installation is a good idea. We’re here to tell you that it’s a terrible idea. Here are five reasons why:
1) You will not benefit from trade prices
If you choose to supply and fit your own boiler, you’re unlikely to benefit from trade prices. There are good reasons why tradespeople get lower prices than the public on their materials and components. The most obvious is that they purchase in bulk, so the more they buy, the cheaper it is for them. They also have much more experience installing boilers than you do, so they know what works best for your particular situation and what doesn’t.
2) You won’t save time or money as you need specialist knowledge
To supply and fit a boiler, you will need to be able to source the correct materials and equipment, and when installing, you must be aware of and abide by all codes and regulations set out by law. Suppose you are uncertain about what type of system would be best for your home; you could end up sourcing the wrong type of boiler or wasting parts and materials along the way, adding in extra expense. Not to mention, you could also waste a lot of time researching how to install your boiler.
3) Your boiler’s warranty will not be valid
The warranty is one of the most important reasons why you should hire a registered engineer to supply and fit your boiler. If you install it yourself and something goes wrong with the installation later on down the line – whether from a defect in the original design or an error during installation – then any warranty on the product will be void due to improper installation by an unqualified person (you).
4) The finish will not look professional
You will not have a professional finish. You may think that you can do the job as well as the professionals, but it is unlikely that your DIY skills will be able to match those of an experienced engineer. The plumbing and pipework in your home could be hidden away behind walls and under floorboards, making it hard for you to see how everything fits together. Even if you manage to get everything connected up correctly, there will probably be a lot more work involved than you initially thought – this can lead to problems such as leaks or corrosion later on down the line, which will require further attention by an engineer at additional expense.
5) You need to be Gas Safe Registered to install a boiler
You can only fit your own boiler if you are Gas Safe Registered. And unless you are a boiler engineer, you won’t be!
Being Gas Safe registered is a legal requirement for boiler installers. Gas Safe Registered engineers have undertaken professional training and are certified to install boilers safely. Using a Gas Safe Engineer ensures that not only will your boiler be installed correctly, but it means the manufacturer warranty will be valid.
If your boiler isn’t installed by a Gas Safe Engineer, your house insurance may be invalid, and if you choose to sell your home, you will also be unable to provide the required Boiler Compliance Certificate. Most importantly, improper installation could lead to property damage, personal injury, or worse.
Only use a professional boiler installer!
When you are looking to purchase a new boiler or have your existing boiler serviced, it is essential that you only use a professional. A Gas Safe Registered engineer will have the correct knowledge and experience to ensure that they can install or service your boiler safely. They will also have access to all the necessary tools and equipment for the job.
We hope we’ve given you plenty of reasons why it’s best to leave your boiler installation to the professionals. You don’t want to end up with a faulty boiler or unsafe installation. It can be tempting to try and save money by doing it yourself – but in this case, it really is worth spending more now so that you don’t have problems later on!
If you are looking for new boiler installation in Essex, Kent or anywhere across the south of England, get in touch with us to discuss your needs. You can either fill out our instant online quote form here or call our team on 0808 134 9498 (landline) or 01992 238 252 (mobile).