Can't afford a new boiler

It's an extremely trying situation: you desperately need a new boiler, but you simply cannot afford it. Many people find themselves in this situation, which probably isn't surprising given how much it costs to pay for a new boiler upfront.

Here at ImpraGas, however, we strongly believe that everyone has a right to be warm in their own home. We have plenty of options available to accommodate those who might not be able to afford a new boiler - visit our Boiler Finance page or read on to learn more.

Boiler Finance Options

Spread the cost and pay as you save

With no deposit required, our spread the cost and pay as you save option will give you the opportunity to pay for your boiler in affordable monthly instalments over the course of 3, 5 or 10 years. This option is ideal for those who will not be able to purchase their boiler in full now or in the near future.

Buy now, pay nothing for 12 months

If you cannot afford to buy your new boiler right now, but you will have the means to do so in 12 months, then this is probably the best option for you. This plan allows you to pay off the sum of your boiler at any time within the 12-month period - you do not necessarily have to wait the full year. No deposit is required with this option either.

Interest-free for 12 months

If you would prefer to just spread the cost of the boiler across 12 months without having to pay any interest, you may be best-suited to an interest-free for 12 months finance plan. Like the 'buy now, pay later' plan above, this plan does not require a deposit.

How does boiler finance work?

Though it may seem a little overwhelming, getting a new boiler on finance is actually fairly straightforward. We have plenty of customers who use our finance plans when they can't afford to buy a boiler outright, and we do everything we can to make the process as simple as possible. We value our relationships with our clients, and we want you to keep warm all year 'round!

Boiler finance works by allowing you to have your boiler installed now and pay for it over a set period of time. This period can be as much as 10 years, reducing your payment to as little as £7 a month depending on the boiler you choose.

On most finance options, apart from our interest-free for 12 months option, you will need to pay interest for borrowing the money. This will be at an APR representative variable of 9.9%.

Boiler Cost Example

If you'd like to work out just how much money you would need to pay back on one of our boiler finance plans, we have a handy calculator on our website to help you work it out. Click here to use our calculator and work out how you will be able to afford your new boiler over a set period of time.

Note: If you are ever unhappy with a financial product or service, you can make a complaint.

Gas Boiler or Electric Boiler?

A good boiler should last between 10 and 15 years, so when it's time to replace your old or broken-down boiler, it's important to make sure you select the right replacement - you don't want to end up regretting your choice for the next decade or so!

While pondering this important decision, you may find yourself wondering whether to go for a gas boiler or an electric boiler. Which is better? Well, here are a few things you may want to consider, courtesy of the friendly boiler experts here at ImpraGas:

Which is the cheaper option?

Gas costs 5p/kWh on average, whereas electricity costs 14p/kWH. So on the face of it, gas is by far the cheaper method for heating your home.

However, there are other factors to consider. While gas is cheaper than electricity per unit, the cost of the boiler itself will be higher if you choose gas. Gas boilers are also more difficult (and thus more expensive) to maintain and repair.

Which boilers are more energy-efficient?

On average, electric boilers run more efficiently than gas boilers. Even the best new gas boilers tend to operate under 90% efficiency, and that decreases over time.

Some will argue that electric boilers are more environmentally friendly across the board, but this isn't so black and white. Most of the UK's electricity is still generated from fossil fuels, so even if your boiler isn't directly fuelled by gas, it probably won't make a huge amount of difference to your overall environmental footprint. However, electric boilers and solar panels are a great combination - if you use solar panels to power your home, an electric boiler probably is the greener option after all.

Which boilers are easier to install?

The answer to this question may depend on your property. Some homes are not connected to a gas main. Houses without mains access sometimes rely on propane gas deliveries, but this can be inconvenient. Gas boilers also need to be connected to an outside wall (either directly or via piping).

If your property is on the smaller side and space is an issue, it's worth noting that electric boilers tend to be more compact than gas boilers. A combi boiler can serve as a water heater too, which will save you space and money.

Gas and electric boilers from ImpraGas

ImpraGas supply both gas and electric boilers. Our friendly Gas Safe installers are fully qualified to work with both boiler types.

Whether you choose a gas boiler or an electric boiler, we offer:

  • Flexible finance packages
  • Fast, professional installation
  • Comprehensive service plans
  • Extensive warranties
  • Ongoing support from our helpful customer service team

In the end, choosing between an electric or gas boiler often comes down to personal preference. All the boilers we supply and install are of an exceptionally high standard, so whichever option you choose, you can rest easy and rely on your boiler to run smoothly and efficiently.

Get a FREE boiler quote now, or feel free to get in touch if you have any more questions about heating your home.

How often does a boiler need to be replaced?

A boiler is a key component of your home - if something goes wrong with it you may be left without heating and hot water, which can be a real nightmare.

Unfortunately, this always seems to happen when you least expect it, leaving you wishing you’d replaced it when it was still hanging in there. Here's some advice about how long the average boiler should last and how often you should replace the boiler in your home.

How long is a boiler supposed to last?

A good boiler should last up to 10-15 years with minimal issues, as long as you do what you should to keep it in good working condition. This starts from as soon as you receive your new boiler, which should be installed by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

A new boiler should be, at most, a once-in-a-decade investment, so you’ll want to make sure you're getting it right from day one. At ImpraGas, we offer a professional boiler installation service that ensures your boiler is installed to the highest standard. Our installations and inspections are only ever carried out by Gas Safe registered engineers who know exactly how to get the job done.

If you're interested in making a sound investment for your household, see our new boiler installation page

How often should I get my boiler serviced?

To make sure your boiler keeps performing well, it's vital to have your boiler serviced once a year. This annual servicing ensures that your boiler will run efficiently all year ‘round. Also, an annual service will often be a condition of your insurance policy and your boiler warranty agreement. 

 We offer a 10-year service plan with the boilers we install, which means that in the unlikely event of a breakdown, the manufacturer of your appliance will be out to assist you within 24 hours, at no extra cost! This is to ensure that your boiler lasts for its intended lifespan, if not longer. 

Wondering what is involved in a typical boiler check? We wrote a helpful blog to clear up any confusion, so read it here: What happens in a boiler service?

If your boiler needs replacing, we at ImpraGas can help. Get a FREE boiler quote here.

Boiler Plus

In April this year, the new Boiler Plus legislation will come into effect. It is launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and aims to improve the way people use energy within their homes. But what exactly is Boiler Plus? 

The Boiler Plus legislation aims to give consumers more control over their energy bills by making it easier to reduce energy bills. It also aims to get rid of poorly performing products in a bid to help achieve the EU’s 2020 target of reducing carbon emissions across Europe. To deliver this, the heat sector needs to reduce its carbon emissions significantly, as it currently contributes to 19% of final UK greenhouse gas emissions. 

This legislation wants to raise the bar for both manufacturers and installers and requires the new minimum performance standard for domestic gas boilers in England to have an efficiency level of 92% ErP at least.

So, what are the Boiler Plus requirements? 

By their own admission, BEIS wants the UK to maintain it’s position as the global leader in the gas boiler market. It believes this can be done by introducing the Boiler Plus standards, which include:

  • All Gas Boilers in existing systems in England have to meet an ErP efficiency of at least 92% 
  • Timers and thermostats are a requirement in all gas and oil systems and should be installed at the same time as the boiler
  • All new fitted combination boilers should include either a flue gas heat recovery system, weather compensation, load compensation or smart controls 
Here’s a bit more information about the additional energy efficiency systems needed in combination boilers:

Load Compensation – a boiler control which adjusts the temperature of the water which heats your radiators. The temperature will be regulated accordingly depending on the temperature of the room.

Weather Compensation – this system monitors the weather outside using a sensor and adjusts the heating temperature of the radiators depending on the temperature outside. 

Flue Gas Heat Recovery Device – connecting to the flue outlet, this unit uses a heat exchanger to extract leftover energy from the waste flue gases. This energy then warms the cold water in the combination boiler and reduces the amount of gas needed to increase the temperature. 

Smart Controls with Automation and Optimisation – a smart thermostat allows the heating to control itself depending on a variety of factors. It can be paired with electronic thermostatic radiator valves and can even divide a home into different heating zones. 

Only one of these additional energy efficiency options need to be installed alongside a new/replacement combination boiler to comply with the Boiler Plus legislation.

The new Boiler Plus standards will only affect those installing new boilers or replacing an old boiler. If you have an old boiler, there is no requirement for you to replace your existing boiler, but if you do the BEIS wants to ensure you can be confident that you are ‘investing in an efficient product that will keep [your] bills as low as possible’. 


What do installers need to do? 

Before the Boiler Plus legislation becomes law, installers need to ensure they understand exactly what the scheme entails and work by the standards listed. 

If installers and homeowners do not comply with the Boiler Plus requirements once the legislation is launched in April 2018, they will be breaking the law and could face prosecution. This will be enforced by Building Control and any safety concerns can be raised to the HSE. Furthermore, homeowners who knowingly allow non-compliant work to be carried out could face a charge of up to £5000

It is important to discuss Boiler Plus with your customers prior to installation even if this is before April 2018. Customers may not want to miss out on an energy efficient boiler by just a couple of weeks. The initial installation cost may be slightly higher, but the BEIS believes this can be ‘met with a one-off payment as little as £50’ and can be ‘made back through the savings in bills’.   

To find out more information about the Boiler Plus legislation, you can read the full Boiler Plus Policy Document and the Boiler Plus FAQs here. 

After a particularly cold winter, many people across the UK will now be looking to replace their boilers to ensure they don't get caught out again next year.

But those people may well find themselves asking...

How much does it cost to fit a new boiler?

Your boiler is the heart of your home, so replacing it should not be a quick decision. It's important that you choose the right boiler, the right fitters and the right guarantee, and all of these things can factor into the final cost.

Here at ImpraGas, we want to make this task as simple as possible for you. Our quote generator will tell you the cost of fitting your new boiler in seconds (including the price of the boiler and the guarantee).

How to Find Out the Cost of Your New Boiler

Simply head to our Get a Boiler Quote page, enter a few details (such as how many bedrooms/bathrooms you have and what your current boiler situation is), and within seconds we will provide you with a quote for providing and fitting your new boiler.

The ImpraGas team install a variety of high-quality boiler brands, including:

  • Vaillant Boilers
  • Worcester Bosch Boilers
  • Glow-Worm Boilers
  • Elnur Boilers
  • Potterton Boilers

For more information about getting your new boiler fitted by ImpraGas, please visit our Boiler Installation page. We are dedicated to quality service and providing homes with top-quality boilers at the lowest possible prices.

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