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Although currently gas is the cheaper option when it comes to heating homes, there are around 2 million homes in the UK that don't have access to a mains gas supply, in those homes electric boilers play an invaluable role providing hot water. In addition electric boilers d have some advantages over gas boilers,they may be more expensive in terms of unit cost of energy, but they are safer with no risk of gas leaks, quieter to run, plus they are generally more compact than gas boilers. In addition electric boilers tend not to need as much regular servicing when compared to gas boilers, in fact there is no real need to service them unless you have a particular concern about their performance. Some manufacturers categorise their electric boilers as green products as they produce no emissions, however they do not take into account the emissions from electricity generation. However, a well insulated electric boiler is pretty energy efficient. Even if you have mains gas nearby, if you're thinking of having a new boiler installed it's worthwhile weighing up the pros and cons as it may turn out that an electric boiler could save you money in installation costs and even maybe your heating bills.
Electric boilers are becoming a popular alternative to gas boilers and are much cheaper to install, perfect for newly converted properties or homes in areas without mains gas supply. Typically an electric boiler will cost between £500 and £1,300 plus labour costs of around £600 for the actual installation (which needs to be carried out by competent electrician installing to British Standards 7671 for electrical installation.
To find a local recommended electrician to install or troubleshoot an electric boiler, please use the "post your job" button on the left hand side of this page. You can then quickly enter details of the job along with contact information. Once completed, local electricians will get in touch with you regarding prices and can provide advice and guidance on how to proceed. When having electrical work done on your boiler you will be putting a lot of trust in your electrician. Therefore you need to ensure you take the necessary steps to check they have an appropriate level of competence. Before choosing an electrician, get at least three quotes in writing. Also ask the electrician you are considering taking on for references. Most professional electricians will be happy to supply you with references. You should also check they are approved by recognised organisations or governing bodies and ask for a copy of their Public Liability Insurance and any insurance backed warranties. Once you have chosen your electrician, you should agree on the payment terms before any work begins. Some electricians may ask for material costs in advance, but avoid paying for the works in advance or paying in cash for a discount, always ask for a receipt. Once the work on your boiler has been completed, the electrician should provide you with an electrical installation certificate, showing that the work meets the UK Safety Standard, BS 7671. Keep the certificate in a safe place as you may need them if you decide to sell the house at a later date.
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