Have an aging boiler that needs to be replaced? We understand it’s a big project that you need to budget for appropriately.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help by giving you a price range to expect along with the main factors that will affect your boiler installation costs.
In the Buffalo area, a boiler installation can cost anywhere from $5,500 to $15,000.
The main factors that will impact your bottom-line price include:
Below, we’ll explore each of these cost factors so that you’ll have a better idea of what your specific price might be.
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Cost factor #1: The boiler’s size
The short answer here is that the larger your boiler is, the more it will cost.
However, the answer is a bit more complicated because you don’t get to choose the boiler size you want. Instead, the size you get should be closely tied to the amount of heat your home needs per hour.
Boilers are sized by their BTU output. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and is a measurement of heat. For context, one BTU roughly equals the amount of heat produced by burning through one match.
Most residential boilers range in size anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 BTUs.
The BTU output your new boiler has should be aligned with how much heat your home needs. And every home is different. Some homes are more insulated than others, some homes have lots of doors and windows that let heat escape faster, etc. That said, the only way to know what BTU output you need from a boiler is to have a professional perform a “heat loss survey” for hydronics/hot air systems or a “radiator survey” for steam systems.
These “surveys” calculate how much heat your home loses in a typical hour. That information is then used to determine the size of the new boiler.
This calculation is extremely important because if you get a boiler that’s too big or too small for your home, you’ll see:
- Higher utility bills
- More repairs
- Lower comfort
- Decreased boiler lifespan
Cost factor #2: The boiler’s efficiency
The higher a boiler’s efficiency level, the more the boiler will cost but the less you will pay in monthly utility costs.
Boiler efficiency is measured by its AFUE rating. AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency and measures how much heat a boiler produces vs how much fuel it consumes.
The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the boiler is.
Depending on the type of boiler you get (gas, oil, etc.), you have the option to choose from 80% to 96%+ AFUE ratings.
We typically suggest that Buffalo homeowners get a higher efficiency boiler so that they save on fuel costs every month.
Here’s a breakdown of how AFUE works:
- An 80% AFUE-rated boiler: For every $100 you spend on heating, $80 goes toward actual heat while $20 gets wasted.
A 96% AFUE-rated boiler: For every $100 you spend on heating, $96 goes toward actual heat production, while the only $4 is wasted.
Cost factor #3: Permits
Several permits may be required for a residential boiler installation. The more permits are needed, the more the overall boiler installation will cost.
Fortunately, if your contractor is licensed and insured in the state of New York, they will be able to obtain and file permits on your behalf. If this is the case, the contractor will typically roll the cost of the permits into the overall installation cost.
Cost factor #4: Contractor pricing
More experienced and higher-quality contractors typically come with higher prices. That said, the quality of your contractor is not an area you should skimp on just to save a few bucks.
Choosing a lower-quality contractor to save money on your installation could result in a faulty installation, which could lead to higher utility bills, lower comfort and expensive repairs—not to mention it could severely decrease the lifespan of your new boiler system.
Our suggestion is to seek out a higher-quality contractor who is willing to offer a fair price in writing. That will help ensure that the job is completed correctly (the first time around) and that all the permits and paperwork were filed correctly on your behalf.
To ensure you choose a high-quality contractor, make sure the professional you choose:
- Has at least 10 years of experience installing boilers
- Is licensed and insured
- Provides upfront, free estimates
- Performs proper sizing calculations
Need a quality contractor in Buffalo? Just call Roy’s.
Roy’s Plumbing, Heating and Cooling has been serving the Buffalo area since 1974. Since that time, we’ve provided thousands of high-quality boiler installations. We are committed to making your boiler installation worry-free with our great financing options, warranties and ongoing specials. If you’re ready for a boiler installation, don’t risk it by calling another company. Schedule your free estimate with one of the most experienced boiler contractors in the area—Roy’s.