HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO MOVE A BOILER?

Without sounding too negative, moving your home or boiler can be a difficult and stressful task, especially to a new build. Maybe you want to sell and take belongings with you? But you can make it a lot easier by considering the factors that affect how easy or difficult it is for trained professionals to move your boiler. 

So, below you’ll find the Best Move brief guide and some practical advice about moving your boiler, and hopefully, we’ll be able to answer the age-old question for both first-timer tenants, experienced renters, homeowners or landlords: how difficult is it to move a boiler?

Read: 13 KILLER MOVING HOUSE TIPS

CAN YOU MOVE AN EXISTING BOILER?

MOVING A BOILER

The first thing you need to consider when moving a boiler to a new location is why you want to move the boiler, to begin with. 

  • Is it currently in a bedroom and too loud at night? 
  • Is it in an awkward spot in the kitchen? 
  • Does it make it difficult for engineers to access easily or for you to re-pressurise the system yourself? 

Whatever the case, first you need to decide where you want to position the boiler once you move it.

Plenty of trained professionals can offer you advice about what is best for when they come to your home, and then you can decide together, but just remember a few things before getting your hopes up about moving a boiler.

First, you need to think about a practical position that is easy for everybody to access, without it being inconvenient for you. 

A bedroom, for example, might have plenty of space, but there is the problem that some boilers might be loud as they kick in overnight. 

So, our first tip is to think about the best practical position for your boiler.

IS IT EXPENSIVE TO MOVE A BOILER?

Consider the cost of moving an existing boiler (combi boilers, oil boilers, system boilers, hot water cylinder, expansion tank). Moving a boiler to a different place in the same room is cheaper than moving it to another room entirely. 

On average, homeowners can expect to pay around an extra £250. If you’re getting a new boiler and want to change the position of it in the same room. In an additional room, that can be upwards of £450, and sometimes closer to £600, and that’s before you add in the cost of your new boiler itself!

Here are some factors to consider when calculating the cost and prices:

  • Labour costs
  • Boiler cost
  • Cost of moving
  • Extension flue pipe cost
  • Plume kits cost
  • Gas pipe/pipework cost
  • Condensate pipe cost
  • Frost protection cost

WHAT ABOUT THE COPPER PIPEWORK?

Our final tip for positioning your boiler in your home is to think about the installation, storage space and what’s in the way. 

It’s easier for professionals to reposition a boiler in a room with carpet because it can be lifted and they can simply place any additional pipework under the floorboards (a cheaper location is the airing cupboard). 

If you really insist upon positioning it in a room with hardwood floors or tiles, then it can still be done but may involve pipework in the walls or ceiling, which will then come at an extra cost. 

You will also need to have a frost protection kit installed to protect the boiler and pipework from the cold temperature in the new location.

Cheaper locations would be:

  • Kitchen cupboard
  • Airing cupboard
  • Utility room
  • Garage / Kitchen utility room

DO YOU NEED PLANNING PERMISSION TO MOVE A BOILER?

We won’t bore you with the specific details here by breaking down the different regulations, but it’s important to realise that where you move your boiler can be dictated by certain rules and regulations

The main one you ought to be aware of is that a gas boiler needs to be positioned 1.2 metres away from an opening door or window. This is because of something known as the minimum flue clearance, which is set at 1.2 metres from a window or door.

Besides that, also be aware that your boiler must have access to a waste pipe. Therefore, you find many boilers in bathrooms or utility rooms. 

You don’t have to stick to these rooms exclusively, but again, you may incur extra costs if the boiler is far enough away from a waste pipe to require lots of additional pipes.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SWAP A BOILER?

It’s true, moving your combi boiler can take some time. The further the distance from the old one, the longer it will take and the more it will cost. But it can increase even further than this if you’re changing from a conventional boiler to a combi, for example. 

The reason moving a boiler takes so long is that there is so much work required on the pipes, which again increases depending on how much further away from the old boiler the new boiler will be.

Simply installing a new boiler in the old position should take only a day or so, comment boiler installation experts Easy Boiler Company. Moving the combi boiler shorter distances to a new location may take a day or two depending on the fuel type, but there’s no exact time frame for this, as complications may arise when finding suitable places for additional pipes, they add. The further you plan to move your boiler, the longer it will take and unfortunately the more chance there is of complications arising. This will lead to further delays in your boiler relocation and more labour costs and a gas safe heating engineer is not cheap, experts say.

For help with relocation, call a man and van professional company like Best Move.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

This last section is a bit of a catch-all section that will deal with varying factors to consider, that perhaps you hadn’t even thought of before.

According to 247 Stay Warm Boilers, many consider moving their combi boiler to the loft in order to save space elsewhere in the house, but there are a handful of questions one must answer:

  • But did you know that this may lead to additional costs, as you have to ensure the loft is suitable for a boiler?
  • Can the walls in the loft support the boiler? 
  • Have you laid any floorboards in the loft yet? Is there an access ladder? 

These are all things to consider that will need rectifying at an additional cost if you decide on the loft. Not to mention the fact that lots of people overlook how a boiler in the loft may affect the system. It will need anti-freeze treatment, and it may also result in downstairs taps taking longer to warm up meaning bigger heating bills.

WHAT ABOUT A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR / CARBON MONOXIDE MONITOR?

Finally, have you thought about a carbon monoxide monitor? 

If not, you’ll also need to consider where that will be placed too, and it ought to be close to the new boiler. This may then change where you’re able to move your new boiler, depending on whether you can also instal a carbon monoxide alarm.  

There is they require a reason gas safe registered heating engineer for the boiler installation, pipework & flue system and that is SAFETY

So forget about the boiler relocation costs, installation costs and labour costs and contact a gas safe registered engineer for a quote.

Take-Home Message

In short, moving combi boilers, pipework & a flue to a new location is a big job. 

It requires lots of work, lots of labour, and potentially lots of additional parts if you’ve decided to move your new boiler far away from the old position. 

However, if you think about the factors we have covered in this article, then moving your boiler needn’t be especially difficult. 

So long as you know what to expect, are prepared for additional costs and delays the further away your new location is, and will discuss with the professionals about what might be the best option for you, then moving your boiler might be difficult, but it can certainly be stress-free.

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