A New Boiler? Buy now, or wait till next year?

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Hello one and all,

I have a very old boiler, which may last one more winter? I've been told by the gas engineer that there would be almost no available parts for a boiler this old.

However, I'm wondering whether it would be better to purchase a new one now, or would I save more money by waiting until next year? Are there people here who may have some insight as to whether gas companies know they will make more money from boiler sales this year, or next year?

Is the market saying, because of the ongoing volatility within it, boilers will be cheaper now for consumers, or next year?

Many thanks in advance for any advice.

Paul
 
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What boiler do you have at present and what age .
as for new boilers there has been a severe shortage of combi and system boilers this year due to a fire in a component factory in china . And boilers did go up in price a bit but they do every year anyway usually around 5% so with prices rising everywhere there is a good chance this will be up around 10 % next year .
 
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I have a very old boiler, which may last one more winter? I've been told by the gas engineer that there would be almost no available parts for a boiler this old.

You will receive a better answer, if you mention the name and model of the old boiler.
 
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If you have a very old boiler, you will almost certainly save more on gas this winter by replacing it than any possible saving based on minor market fluctuations.
 
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Many thanks for your replies. The boiler I have is a Maxol MicroTurbo 40H MDF. There's an attached picture.
I was wondering whether gas companies will push for more boiler sales this year with the thinking that people won't have as much money next year because of the horrendous energy price rises so far this year? With regard to member gas112, it does look like with substantial inflation this year boiler prices will probably go up quite a bit next year? But I'm no expert on what to do!
 

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Most of the parts which wear out and fail on such old boilers, are common to many such boilers, which means they are easily sourced for replacements, which also makes them simple and cheap to repair. Modern ones are much more complex and most parts are unique to the model too and tend to be more difficult to fix as well as more expensive, plus they tend not to last as long.

Against that you have to factor in that a modern boiler might consume 10 to 15% less gas, which is daily becoming more expensive.
 
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Probably right about parts for the Maxol. Have worked on quite a few and parts virtually non existent.
Main issue you would have if you changed boiler is the flue is two aluminium tubes approx 40mm that can run
usually across a ceiling or in a box to outside some distance away and a modern flue is usually 100mm o.d.
and limited to 10m horizontally and with a fall.
 
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My advice to customers is .

Replace an old boiler instead summer or wait until it dies. Sods law it would die on Christmas eve.


Bite the bullet now.
 
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Thanks for your replies!

I've got an engineer coming round next week for a quote. I'll see how much medieval torture he'll apply.
 
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However, old boilers - dumb ones with no electronics - have nothing really to fail in them 'cept the gas valve. Piezo igniters and thermocouples seem to soldier on indefinitely.
 
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The sooner the better, you can’t start saving running costs till you have a more efficient boiler .
 

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