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Are you thinking about moving your boiler to a new location within your home?
In this post, we will run you through some of the most common boiler relocation scenarios and attempt to give you a better idea of how much it might cost you.
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The quick answer? It depends, but on average it will cost between £250 and £500 and take 2 days to complete.
Looking to relocate your boiler?
Boilers are often big and cumbersome and with limited space, it makes perfect sense to want to move them out of the way, to lesser used and more discreet areas of your home.
Commonly, ideal locations to house a boiler include attic space, garages, or a storage cupboard in some other area of your home.
What's the cost of moving a boiler?
Typically, you can expect to pay between £250 and £500 for the average boiler move. Although, you should be prepared to pay more if the engineer will be required to do substantial pipework and/or flue work.
How long will it take the engineer to move your boiler?
Again, the answer depends on the amount of work they will be required to do i.e. moving a boiler a few feet will take a lot less time than moving one from downstairs up to the attic space.
However, on average, relocating a standard boiler will take around 2 days to complete from start to finish.
Can you move your existing boiler, or will you need a new one?
It may be possible to have your current boiler relocated to a new location, but it is important to consider whether this is practical or makes financial sense.
For example, if your boiler is relatively new and has 8 years of a 10-year warranty remaining, then it may make sense to simply pay for the relocation fees alone.
But if your boiler is quite old and has very little warranty period remaining, it may be a better option to have a brand-new boiler installed in the new location. If not, you will have to pay for both the relocation and then a new installation in a relatively short period of time.
Another factor to consider is the availability of parts. If the parts of your boiler are difficult to source or expensive, it may not be possible or may make more sense to have a new boiler installed.
A common scenario is a boiler that is no longer in production, the flue parts can be difficult to source making a relocation next to impossible.
It is also wise to factor in the financial advantage of installing a brand-new boiler. Modern, energy-efficient boilers can save you money by using less fuel and having a long and fresh 10-year warranty period.
For example, according to the Energy Saving Trust, if you replaced an old G rated gas boiler with a modern A rated gas boiler, you could save as much as £315 a year on your fuel bill.
If your boiler is over 15 years old, it is likely a G-rated boiler, meaning it runs at 70% efficiency. Compare this to a modern A-rated model that runs to at least 92% efficiency and it is clear to see where your savings are coming from.
Besides, a new boiler means a new warranty and since the best boiler brands now offer 10-year warranties, you will be covered for any manufacturing issues, offering additional peace of mind.
If you do have an old boiler, soon coming to the end of its warranty, then a potential repair can end up costs you well into the hundreds of pounds. And remember, an old boiler is more likely to breakdown and need repairs, so it is easy to see why a new boiler can make good financial sense.
Where can you move your boiler to?
By now you have probably scouted an ideal location to house your boiler, thankfully, in most situations, you can relocate your boiler to many locations, commonly including the following:
- Airing cupboard
- Utility room
Unfortunately, in some cases, where you can relocate your boiler will be limited. If you have a combi boiler, this does not tend to be an issue, but certainly is with a cylinder that utilises an immersion heater, a regular boiler or system boiler.
Regular and system boilers are larger, have more external components and have both a boiler and storage cylinder.
System boilers require a large water storage cylinder, which is typically housed in an airing cupboard. Regular boilers have both a boiler unit and a storage cylinder as well as a feed and expansion tank, which must be kept in the attic as it needs to be above the boiler to function.
Does the type of boiler impact the price of moving a boiler?
The cost of moving a boiler is not typically determined by the type of boiler you have.
Engineers typically have a set fee to move boilers of a standard weight, however, if you have a heavier than average boiler and/or want to move the cylinder too, this can drive the cost of moving it upwards.
How come? An engineer typically works alone, but if the boiler is heavy, they may require additional help to move the boiler.
If like most UK households you have a combi boiler, then this is not likely to happen. Heavier types of boilers include the likes of oil boilers.
How long will moving your boiler take?
Again, the boring but correct answer is that it depends on your situation. Moving a standard combi boiler a few feet away will not take long compared to moving a heavier system boiler from the garage up to the attic.
Typically, an engineer will take two days to move a boiler from one location to another. In short, this involves tasks such as moving and lifting the boiler, boiler installation, fitting additional pipework and flue installation.
Other factors that impact the cost of boiler relocation
Boiler weight has already been covered and is one of the main factors when it comes to boiler relocation cost.
But other factors can influence the cost of boiler relocation and in some cases increase it significantly.
Essentially, the thing to bear in mind is that if the install requires more time, more materials or is heavier and more difficult to handle, the cost will be higher.
With that in mind, here are some common reasons boiler relocation may be more costly than you may have initially thought:
A boiler conversion means you are converting from one type of boiler to another e.g. from a back boiler to a combi boiler.
The most common reason for this is when someone is converting from an old, outdated boiler e.g. a back boiler (which are no longer supported), to a modern combi boiler.
Since back boilers were designed to be installed behind a fireplace, your new boiler will inevitably need to be moved to a new location.
The amount of pipework required will have a big impact on boiler relocation costs. These are fed from your mains to your new boiler and so if you are moving your boiler a significant distance, the more pipework will need to be used.
Copper pipes are used in central heating systems and it is by no means a cheap material to source.
They are not simple to lay either, typically requiring floors to be lifted and holes to be made through walls to navigate them through.
So, it is worth bearing in mind that you will be paying for the cost of the copper pipes as well as the engineers time and labour.
New Flue Installation
Boilers use gas as their fuel, which is burned via the process of combustion, which creates hot and toxic exhausts fumes as a by-product. These need to be funnelled out of your home, to the outside world, which is achieved with a flue system.
Therefore, when you move your boiler, you will also need to move your flue or in most cases have a new one installed.
For instance, the cost of moving your boiler if you are relocating your boiler from a wall within your home to the loft may be higher since you will need a vertical flue going up through the roof as opposed to a horizontal flue going out through a wall.
This requires the engineer to source new parts e.g. the flue and to install it, which involves drilling and creating holes up through the roof, requiring additional time, labour costs, and materials.
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