We Review Boiler Cover Plans | To find the Best Boiler Cover
Overview of Boiler Cover
How to use this Guide
|External controls e.g. programmer & thermostat||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||•||✔||✔|
|Motorised zone valve(s) outside boiler||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Central heating/circulating pump (outside boiler)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Repairing or a like for like replacement of an internet connected controls, thermostats & valves.||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Repair faulty radiator||✔||✔||✔||•||✔||•||•||✔||✔|
|Replace faulty radiator||✔||✔||✔||•||✔||•||•||✔||✔|
|Repair/replace leaking radiator valves||✔||✔||✔||•||✔||•||•||✔||✔|
|System pipework connecting the heating system||✔||✔||✔||•||✔||•||✔||✔||✔|
|Buried pipe, reinstate walls and floors||✔||✔||✔||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Cost of draining down the system and refilling||✔||✔||✔||•||✔||•||•||✔||•|
|Adding chemicals (inhibitor) where systems has been drained to fix a leak under the policy||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||•||•||✔||•|
|Feed & expansion cistern/tank/vessel or filling loop||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||•||•||✔||✔|
|Repairs to magnetic filters||✔||•||•||•||•||•||•||✔||✔|
|Repairs ON FIRST DISCOVERY of damage caused by sludge/scale/rust within the system or damage caused by any other chemical composition of the water;||✔||✔||✔||✔||•||•||•||•||•|
|Bleading/venting rads/removing airlocks/balancing /repressuring the system**||✔||•||•||•||✔||•||•||•||•|
|Repair/replace condense pump outside the boiler||✔||•||•||✔||•||•||•||✔||✔|
|Repairing or a like for like replacement of a non-standard radiator (e.g. cast-iron, decorative, customised, or those which curve with the profile of a wall)||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Fitting customer supplied non-standard radiator||•||•||•||✔||✔||•||•||✔||•|
|Option to pay the difference to fit non-standard radiator||✔||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Repair/replacement of a leaking gas supply pipe upto and including 35mm and not made of steel or iron||✔||✔||✔||✔||•||•||✔||✔||✔|
|Repair/replace gas supply pipe upto and including 35mm INCLUDING pipework made of steel or iron||✔||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Unlimited number of claims for works to Gas Supply Pipe||✔||✔||✔||•||•||•||✔||✔||✔|
|Claim limit for gas supply pipe claim||No Cap||£4,000||£4,000||NA||NA||NA||£1,000||£2,000||No Cap|
|Reinstatement of floor coverings and making good but not necessarily to original standards||Yes £1000 for making good in addition to cost of repair||Yes within maximum £4k claim amount||Yes within maximum £4k claim amount||NA||NA||NA||No||No||No|
|A replacement boiler, including installation cost, if the policy provider cannot repair it, it's less than seven years old and you are six months into your service agreement||✔||✔||✔||•||•||•||•||•||✔|
|A replacement boiler, excluding installation cost, if the policy provider cannot repair it, it's more than seven years old and you are six months into your service agreement||•||✔||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|A financial contribution to the installation of a new boiler if MORE than 7 years old||•||•||£500||•||£400||Up to £750||•||Up to 45% of the current retail of a suitable replacement boiler between 7-15 years old||•|
|A financial contribution to the installation of a new boiler if LESS than 7 years old||•||•||•||•||Up to £2,500||Up to £750||•||Up to 65% of the current retail of a suitable replacement boiler||•|
|A replacement for your boiler if the policy provider cannot repair it and its between seven and ten years old, it was installed by the policy provider and continusously covered by them||✔||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|A replacement for your boiler if it caught fire or exploded, providing you gave us access to carry out your annual service every year since we first covered you||✔||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
Who offers boiler cover for unconventional systems?
If you have a warm air unit, LPG system, back boiler, unvented hot water tank, internet controls, buried pipework and/or an extended flue then your options are more limited, but you can find cover. The table below sets out who to go to for each option:
|Warm air unit||British Gas|
|LPG System||British Gas or Corgi|
|Back boiler||British Gas, Homeserve, Aviva, AA, Scottish Power and Certi|
|Unvented hot water system||British Gas, Certi|
|Internet controls||British Gas, AA|
|Buried pipework||British Gas, Homeserve or Aviva|
|Extended flues||Homeserve, Aviva, Scottish Flue and Certi|
Boiler Cover Definitions
Boiler Cover: An insurance policy or service agreement that covers you for breakdowns to your boiler, which can be extended to your central heating system
Boiler Insurance: An insurance backed policy that covers your boiler in the event of a breakdown, which can be extended to your central heating system. Boiler Insurance is FCA regulated and complaints can be referred to the Finance Ombudsman.
Boiler Service Agreement: A contract between you and the service provider to attend in the event of a boiler breakdown or a problem that results in a loss of service to your central heating system. Not regulated by the FCA and complaints are handled internally.
Home Emergency Cover: Usually a service agreement that covers you in the event of a breakdown to your boiler or other problem resulting in a loss of service, i.e. no heating. These policies often include other services such as cold water pipes and electrics but exclude a lot of the items covered by Boiler Insurance policies.
Central Heating Cover: An insurance policy or service agreement that covers your central heating system, for example radiators and pipework. Most commonly an 'add-on'; to boiler cover. If you have a regular boiler you may wish to consider an 'add-on' central heating policy so that your hole system is covered.
Boiler Breakdown Cover: An insurance policy or service agreement that covers you in the event your boiler stops working.
Boiler Excess: Many providers offer lower annual charges if you pay an excess, usually £50 - £90
per call out.
What is the difference between a Boiler Insurance Policy and a Boiler Service Agreement?
A Boiler Insurance Policy is, as the name suggests, insurance backed and as such these policies are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Complaints can be made about the policy and the provider to the FCA and Finance Ombudsmen.
Boiler Service Agreements are contracts between you and the provider and are outside the remit of the FCA and Financial Ombudsmen. These companies only have an internal complaints procedure.
Summary of our findings
This exercise has been very revealing. For the seven Boiler Insurance Providers, prices ranged from £203.88 (AA) - £269.76 (npower), with British Gas about in the middle at £240.
The Service Agreement Providers tended to focus on ‘emergency call outs’ so did not cover non essential items. For this reason the Service Agreement Providers where generally cheaper, with prices ranging from £176.40 - £192. However their exclusions were often much boarder, often omitting the flue, gas pipe, buried system pipework and/or replacing the hot water tank. One even excluded the cost of ‘draining down’ the system and refilling in the event of repairing a leak. That said, some were on a par with some of the less comprehensive insurance providers in terms of cover, but for less money.
We were surprised to see that the most expensive policy – npower – did not include the flue and came with a £1,500 labour cap on claims. British Gas on the other hand, £29.76 per year cheaper, provided the most comprehensive cover, including covering most flues, making good on gas pipe reinstatement, replacement of internet controls and no cap on claims.
British Gas, Homeserve and Aviva all offered lots of nice ‘bells and whistles’ on their policies, including attending ‘noisy boilers’, intermittent faults, fitting customer supplied parts and radiators not covered by the policy, accidental damage cover, reinstatement of walls and floors and financial assistance with boiler replacement once ‘beyond economic repair’. The Boiler Service Providers (with the exception of Scottish Power) were very much focused around ‘emergency assistance’ so minor faults that did not prevent the system from providing heating and/or hot water were often not covered.
Corgi, whilst not providing the most comprehensive boiler and heating cover, including the exclusion of the gas pipe, did include quite a nice electrical cover, but on balance a more comprehensive heating system policy would likely be preferable to many customers.