Oil Boiler Replacement – The oil boiler, or oil-fired heating system, has been a popular way to heat homes for many years. It is a natural gas alternative that people use because oil may be cheaper than other fuel sources or perhaps because it is the only viable fuel source in a particular location.
Oil boilers have different maintenance and installation requirements than gas or electric systems, so it’s important to know what you need before you go about replacing your old oil boiler with a new one.
Are there benefits with oil boilers?
While a benefit of oil boilers can be that oil costs less than gas, as already noted, it is more common for an oil boiler to be used as it is the only possible heating system for a particular structure.
The oil is stored in a large tank outside the house rather than being delivered through pipes. This can make oil boilers more expensive to install than gas-fired heating systems since they require storage tanks, piping, and pumps. However, this is less of a concern when looking at an oil boiler replacement, as you already have the tank and pipes in place.
The oil boiler can be controlled through a thermostat or oil valves if it is not equipped with electronic controls. Oil boilers require routine maintenance to keep them running safely and efficiently, which can cost money for homeowners responsible for doing the work themselves.
Overall, many people find oil boilers to be their preference, but you may have heard that oil boilers won’t be around for much longer.
Are oil boilers being phased out?
It has been reported that oil boilers are being phased out in favour of heat pumps, but that isn’t strictly true. The installation of oil-fired boilers in new homes will be banned from 2022, and gas boiler installation in new homes will follow a similar route from 2025.
However, this only applies to new homes. Homes with existing oil boilers will be able to continue using their heating system. When an oil boiler replacement becomes necessary, it will be perfectly legal to replace like with like.
Oil is still an efficient fuel option, and oil prices are competitive and look to remain that way with the advent of new, more eco-friendly options being developed. As more homeowners begin using technology such as heat pumps as their primary heating source, oil boilers may become less popular, but the oil boiler is very much here to stay for homeowners who still prefer it.
How to choose a new oil boiler
When oil boilers are being replaced, it is essential to choose a new oil boiler that is compatible with the existing equipment. Since oil-fired systems require oil tanks and pumps, compatibility issues can arise if you try and fit an oil boiler from another manufacturer unless you have consulted a professional plumber Dublin people recommend beforehand.
At NRM, we can establish if any problems are likely to occur, and we’re happy to offer solutions that allow you to have an oil boiler replacement successfully completed.
Any oil system replacement should be done by trained professionals who know what they are doing. For example, the system needs to be configured correctly to maintain the correct oil pressure levels. If the pressure is incorrect, the oil may not be delivered to the oil boiler, and it won’t heat your home.
How much does it cost to replace an oil boiler in Ireland?
An oil boiler replacement starts from €3,200, but there is no simple answer to “how much does it cost to replace an oil boiler?”
The exact cost will be determined by the type and size of the boiler required, along with the cost of any other work that might be needed. Pipework may need altering or extending, or your oil tank may need upgrading. We’re happy to provide a quote for your unique situation, so you’ll always know where you stand.
We will provide you with expert advice on how to choose an oil system so you can be sure that when it comes time to replace your oil boiler, the process goes smoothly and without any problems.
If you would like more information on a Grant oil boiler replacement, or if you would like a quote for the oil boiler replacement service we provide, please get in touch with us at NRM.
We’re happy to help you choose your oil boiler correctly to be compatible with any oil tank and pump infrastructure. We can also advise you on how to maintain oil boilers and guide you through oil boiler replacement.
Can I get a grant to replace my oil boiler?
Grants are available in certain circumstances to help with oil boiler replacement costs. While they may not be available directly for the price of the boiler, you may find you are eligible for heating control upgrades or other changes.
The grants are available from the SEAI and are subject to specific criteria, so your personal circumstances can play a part in the application process, as can the type of work you need completing, along with the age of your home.
Contact us at NRM for advice on what grants and funding might be available for your oil boiler replacement.
What you need to know before you replace your oil boiler
Installing oil boilers is a complex business, but with our experience, we will do all that we can to simplify it for you. You don’t need to know everything about how your boiler works or anything technical – all you need to know is that you want a new boiler, and you want it installed by a professional team.
We keep the disruption to a minimum by working quickly, safely, and efficiently. Your new boiler will be installed before you know it!
If you would like an oil boiler replacement completed in your home, we’re here to help – just contact us today, and we’ll help you get started
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