Moving your boiler isn’t something you can do for free. As a result, there are expenses. Why and how do they come to be calculated?
To give you an idea of what it could cost, we’ll take a look at some typical boiler relocation situations.
The short answer is: A boiler move may cost anything from £250 to £500 and take up to two days.
Considering Moving Your Boiler?
Due to their size and weight, boilers are typically placed in less utilised and more inconspicuous parts of the house.
Attics, garages, and storage cupboards are all common places to store a boiler in your home.
Learn all you need to know about combi boilers in our guide to combi boilers.
Cost of Moving A Boiler
The typical central heating boiler relocation costs between £250 and £500. When hiring an engineer for pipe and/or flue work, you can expect to spend a little extra.
New Boiler Or Move Existing?
Even if it is feasible to have your existing boiler moved, it is essential to think about whether or not this is a viable option.
The relocation costs alone may make sense if your boiler is relatively new and has 8 years left on a 10-year warranty.
Installing a new boiler makes sense in some situations
Alternatively, if your boiler is extremely old and has a very little warranty term left, it may be preferable to have a brand-new boiler put at the new site. Not doing so means paying for both the relocation and a new installation in pretty short order.
Parts availability may be restricted.
It is also important to keep in mind the availability of spare parts. An costly or difficult-to-find component may make it impossible or more cost-effective to replace your boiler.
Commonly, an out-of-production boiler’s flue components are hard to find, making a relocation almost impossible.
Heating systems of the 21st century are more energy efficient.
Installing a brand-new boiler can also save you money in the long run. By consuming less fuel and having a 10-year guarantee, modern, energy-efficient boilers may help you save money on your utility bills.
So, if you replace a G-rated gas boiler with an A-rated one, you may save up to £315 a year on your fuel cost, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
A G-rated boiler is one that is over 15 years old and operates at 70 percent efficiency. You can see where your savings are coming from when you compare this to an A-rated contemporary model that operates at least 92 percent efficiently. Learn more in our boiler efficiency guide.
Boiler replacement = new warranty
Because the top boiler manufacturers now provide 10-year guarantees on their boilers you’ll be protected for any manufacturing problems as well, which adds to your piece of mind.
If you have an old boiler that is nearing the end of its warranty period, a possible repair may wind up costing you hundreds of pounds. Remember that an old boiler is more likely to break down and need repairs, so it’s simple to see why investing in a new boiler makes sense.
How far can you relocate your boiler?
After locating the perfect position for your boiler, the good news is that you may move it to a variety of locations, including the following:
- Towel rack
- Utility room
Where you can move your boiler may be restricted in certain circumstances. With a combi boiler, this is less of a problem, but immersion heaters, conventional boilers, and system boilers are.
As a rule, regular and system boilers are bigger in size and contain more exterior components, as well as both the boiler and storage cylinder in the same unit.
An airing closet is required for system boilers because of the size of the huge water storage tank they need. In addition to the boiler unit and storage cylinder, a feed and expansion tank must also be maintained in the attic since it is required to be above the boiler in order for it to work.
How much does it cost to move a boiler depending on its type?
When it comes to relocating a boiler, the kind of boiler you have has nothing to do with the cost.
However, if your boiler is heavier than normal and/or you want to transfer the cylinder as well, the cost of moving it may go up significantly, depending on how much you want to spend.
But why? An engineer usually works alone, but if the boiler is heavy, they may need assistance moving it.
If you have a combi boiler, which is common in the UK, then this is unlikely to happen to you. Among the heavier boilers are oil boilers.
How long will moving your boiler take?
In other words, it depends on your circumstances. That’s a dull, but accurate response. Compared to transporting a heavy system boiler from the garage up to the attic, relocating a basic combi boiler a few feet distance will take far less time.
If you want to relocate from one place to another, it usually takes an engineer two days. On the whole, this entails activities like removing and installing boilers as well as piping and flues.
What else affects the cost of moving your boiler?
Boiler weight is one of the most important variables when it comes to boiler relocation costs, and we’ve previously spoken about it.
While certain variables may affect the cost of boiler relocation, others can substantially raise it.
You should keep in mind that if the installation takes a longer amount of time, needs more supplies, or is heavier and more difficult to handle, the cost will be greater than usual.
The following are some reasons why relocating your boiler may be more expensive than you anticipated:
Conversion of Boiler
A boiler conversion is the process of switching from one kind of boiler to another, such as from a back boiler to a combi boiler, for example.
There are a few reasons for this, but the most frequent is switching from an old, obsolete boiler, such as a back boiler, to a contemporary combi boiler.
You will have to relocate your brand-new boiler since it was intended to be placed behind the fireplace.
Additions to the Plan
Relocation costs may be significantly impacted by the quantity of piping needed. If you move your boiler a long distance, additional piping will be required.
Heating systems require copper pipes, which are not inexpensive to get.
They are also difficult to lay, requiring the lifting of floors and the cutting of holes in walls to get them through.
Remember that you’ll have to pay for the copper pipes, as well as the engineer’s time and labour, so keep that in mind.
Installing a new flue
Combustion produces heated and poisonous gases as a by-product of the burning of gas in a boiler. A flue system is used to remove these pollutants from your house and dispose of them in the environment.
This means that moving your boiler will need you to relocate or, in most instances, install a new flue as well.
Because a vertical flue going up through the roof is more expensive than a horizontal flue going out through a wall, the cost of transferring your boiler from a wall inside your house to the loft may be greater.
When installing new components (such as the flue), an engineer must drill holes in the roof in order to install them, which adds time and expenses.