Electric Boiler – Pros and Cons

Many homeowners find it challenging to choose between electric and gas boilers as both these boilers have both pros and cons. However, customers are considering switching to electric boilers due to the increasing number of issues faced with gas boilers.

If you’re thinking about purchasing an electric boiler for your home, this blog covers some pros and cons that you should be aware of. First, let’s dive in and see what an electric boiler is. Keep reading to find out!

What is an Electric Boiler?

Electric boilers are increasingly replacing gas and oil boilers due to their benefits. An electric boiler heats the water in your heating system by passing it over an electric element rather than igniting gas or oil.

Simply put, an electric combo boiler functions somewhat similar to a kettle. The main electricity supply is connected to an electric boiler, which receives cold water from the mains. The heating element inside the boiler heats up when the hot water faucet or the heating is turned on, and this heat is then transferred to the cold water in your system. The hot water is then pumped to your showers, faucets, and radiators.

You can install electric boilers in both small and medium-sized homes as they have the capacity to supply sufficient water for heating showers and baths. However, it is not recommended for large homes and bathrooms with multiple taps.

Pros of Electric Boilers

  1. Electric boilers have a compact design and can fit into any small space in the bathroom.
  2. Many electric boilers also come with an LED display that makes them easy to operate.
  3. Several electric boilers offer wireless connectivity allowing users to control the boilers’ thermostat through their smart devices.
  4. Since electric boilers only require electricity to run, there is no risk of carbon monoxide leakage in case of a serious fault.
  5. Electric boilers are often cheaper to install than gas boilers because they are less complex.
  6. Electric boilers do not emit any gas or emissions, making them an eco-friendly option for environmentally-conscious homeowners.
  7. Electric boilers have fewer moving parts, reducing the risk of errors and faults.
  8. Electric boilers do not need to be positioned against an outside wall since they don’t have a flue or gas waste pipe, which offers the flexibility of placement.
  9. Several electric boilers are also compatible with solar panels, an efficient way to reduce energy bills and carbon footprint. It is also possible for homeowners to purchase a storage battery that enables them to store and release the energy generated whenever required.

Cons of Electric Boilers

  1. Since electricity is more expensive than gas, running electric boilers is more costly than heating the water using geysers. Cost concerns regarding electric boilers are significant since 14p per unit for electricity is equivalent to 4p per unit for gas.
  2. Electric boilers can’t meet the heating demand of large homes and properties. In addition, when more than one type of shower is required simultaneously, the temperature and pressure drop, which renders electric boilers ineffective.
  3. In the absence of generators and solar panels, power outages can lead to a problem with electric boilers since they can’t heat the water without electricity.

Looking to Get an Electric Boiler Installed? Contact Us Today!

Installing an electric boiler requires skilled professionals to get the job done. At Bbright, we have a team specialising in electric boiler installation, replacement, and repairs. We also offer services for various other boilers like system and combi boilers.

Our work is in accordance with the required UK standards and safety regulations. For more information, call 01279 888429 or click here to get a quotation.