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66% of Homeowners Only Replace Boiler When it Breaks, BEIS Survey Finds


66% of UK homeowners put off replacing their heating system until it shows signs of deterioration or completely breaks down, a recent Public Attitude Tracker from the Department for Business, Industrial & Energy Strategy (BEIS) has found.

As well as the majority of homeowners delaying a boiler replacement until the last possible moment, the survey also discovered that:

  • Only 12% would replace the boiler while it still works
  • 43% would replace their heating system to reduce energy bills
  • 33% would have a new heating system installed to because it’s environmentally-friendly.

When it came to homeowners looking for information about a new heating system, 79% said that heating engineers and installers are their most trusted source, followed by family and friends.

The survey also looked at homeowner attitudes towards energy bills, finding that 18% keep an eye on their heating bills with the aim of reducing them. The overwhelming reasons for homeowners to not track their energy usage came down to comfort.

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Putting off replacing your old boiler until it breaks down could leave your home without heating and hot water until a new unit has been purchased and installed by a professional heating engineer. Not only that but the lower efficiency of older units means that your energy bills will be much higher than they would with a more modern, efficient boiler.

So, if the cost of a new boiler is an overriding factor in delaying a boiler replacement, you’ll actually be saving more in the long run through reduced energy bills by installing a new boiler.

If you’re not sure when to consider a replacement boiler without the unit deteriorating to the point where it no longer works, some indicators include:

  • Your boiler was installed more than 8 years ago
  • The boiler’s efficiency rating is anything lower than ‘A’
  • Energy bills have been on the rise
  • Strange noises are coming from the heating system (banging, gurgling or kettling)
  • You have to wait a long to for the heating to warm up a room

Don’t wait until your boiler breaks down to think about installing a new one and you’ll get more time and control over the new boiler and installation as well as the benefit of lower energy bills.

Get free boiler replacement quotes from trusted Gas Safe heating engineers near you by visiting Boiler Guide today.

What is the Public Attitude Tracker?

The BEIS have been running Public Attitude Tracker surveys since March 2012 and conduct 4 every year. The most recent survey took place between 5th-16th December 2018 and the statistics were collected through face-to-face interviews with 4,273 UK households.

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