Why move a central heating boiler?
A central heating boiler can be moved for many reasons but in the main, it’s generally because the location is not very convenient. For instance, a boiler could be taking up space in a kitchen cupboard. In a bedroom, they can also be noisy and bothersome for the inhabitant. Moving a boiler can alleviate this disturbance and also free up a room. It can even achieve a faster hot water response depending on the properties layout.
Factors to consider
If your boiler is only a couple of years old then it will be still covered by warranty. If it’s older, however, than eight years old, consider a replacement rather than moving. When you think that a boiler’s estimated lifespan is only 10 to 15 years, it’s a heck of a lot of work to undertake for it to then develop faults. One other reason to consider replacing is the availability of flue parts. For example, if you move an old boiler but then can’t get the right flue, relocation was not the best option.
Another thing to consider, when moving a central heating boiler, is that flooring will need to be disturbed, removed and then re-laid. Scaffolding may even come into play if a boiler is being moved to the attic. When it also comes to regulations did you know that boilers have minimum flue clearance requirements? This basically means they can’t be positioned too near doors or windows.
Typically when moving a domestic boiler, the cost will vary somewhat (around £300 to £800). This is because the final figure depends on several different factors. The more complicated the move, the more costly it is, such as installing in a different room. The further the move, the more pipework needed which obviously then adds to the cost. Oil boilers are also much heavier than gas or LPG so more than one engineer is required which will need to be factored in.
Relocating your central heating boiler
If your central heating boiler is located in a spot that spoils the interior of a room, an alternative to moving could be finding a joiner to build a unit around it. At Direct Heating, however, we do understand they can be a hard contraption to disguise which is why we can find a better solution to make the most of your space.
To find out the cost of moving your boiler or if a newer model would be better, please get in touch to discuss your options with our Gas Safe registered engineers. If your gut, however, is saying an upgrade, then have a read of our recent article. From Worcester Bosch Greenstar to Vaillant and Ideal, discover the latest models worth investing in.