A letting agent is looking for support to lobby the Government to make boiler manufacturers give ten-year warranties.
Anthony Kerrigan, of Kerrigans in Doncaster, said: “That would make manufacturers think twice about selling unreliable rubbish. We are all being ripped off.”
He said that for many years, as letting agents, he had been advising – correctly, as he had thought – clients to replace old back boilers with modern combi and condensing models.
He said: “This is now haunting us. They are unreliable and too expensive to fix.”
He went on: “The average repair cost of an old back boiler was £30, which was normally a call-out charge and a replacement thermo-couple, approximately once every five years if the boiler was serviced. The boiler pretty well lasted forever, because there is nothing in them except a heat exchanger.
“The average repair cost of a new boiler is £250 for a new printed circuit board approximately every three years. The plumbers boast that a modern boiler has a life expectancy of eight years, but I think it is closer to six.”
He said most modern boilers have warranties of one or two years, and said most had been built to be deliberately fragile. A circuit board with a retail price of £150 probably costs just pennies to make, he added.
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