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UK boiler prices: Paying over the odds, or swimming in boiler bargains?

Where you live affects every fibre of your being. So as well as being done over on pint prices, you could be getting done on the price of your new boiler too.

Why does it appear the good people of Scotland are paying way over the odds for a new boiler whilst just down the road, the North East are swimming in boiler bargains? Honestly, we don't know. We're not sure anyone knows but we'll speculate regardless, making some wild accusations along the way.

Bradford & the north - a beacon of hope

First up, Bradford. An easily forgettable Northern city. Bradford just get on with their own business, mind their own business, what did Bradford ever do to you? They live in peace and tranquillity. You might think it's down to the general quality of Yorkshire life, ample local amenities or a thriving multicultural community. It's not. It's because of their rock bottom prices boiler replacement prices.

Have you ever wondered why you can get two new combi boilers in Bradford, for the price of one in Kilmarnock? We estimate that no less than seven people have pondered this very thought. You're now amongst the elite of great thinkers.

Average boiler prices across Yorkshire and the North East and North West come it at around £1300 on average but can be had as low as £1100 - an almost post-apocalyptic bargain.

London & that general area of the south that's usually wildly overpriced

At around £1800, the Greater London area isn't as expensive as one would think for new boiler costs. It's likely due to the sheer volume of competition, particularly in London itself. Beware of any prices that do appear too good to be true though, there's an incredible amount of boiler installers in London and unfortunately, not all of them will be quality engineers or even Gas Safe. If you're not sure, always check the Gas Safe register.

If a new boiler sounds too cheap, or even too expensive - ask the installer for an itemised quote including the boiler make and model, what warranty they'll provide and what else is included e.g. system flushes and filters.

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UK coastal areas & scotland

Finally, does anyone live in that sticky out bit to the East of the country? Apparently they do, it's called East Anglia and they're hardly getting deal of the century on new boilers either. At the higher end of £2000, East Anglia, amogst other coastal areas of the UK, plus Scotland and Wales appear to have much higher than average prices for boiler installations.

So why the differences? And how will you get a cheaper boiler install if you're living in an area of seemingly inflated boiler prices?

The answer to why, on the surface at least appears to be, competition. Areas with a higher density of installers (like Yorkshire & London) naturally have lower prices available due to how the installation companies are made to compete. It wouldn't be right to always assume cheaper is better though, there certainly are gulfs in quality between installers and the packages they'll be offering you. If it's within your budget, always opt for a boiler with an excellent warranty (5 years minimum) and a good installer will always perform a power-flush or chemical flush on your system, as well as fitting a magnetic filter to prolong the efficiency and effectiveness of your new boiler.

High coastal prices suggest that boiler installers could have a low tolerance to sea air.

If you happen to be living in an area where the average price of a new boiler installation is always escaping the grasp of your budget then we'd advise trying to create your own competition. Get as many quotes from as many different installers as you can, ask them for itemised quotes, do online research about what's included in their quotes and then make an informed decision of which is offering you the most for your money. It's also worth noting that homes in rural areas are more likely to have older boilers and heating systems, potential requiring conversions to new boiler systems - which could inflate price averages.

You can make a start by instantly comparing quotes from installers in your area below.

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