November 22, 2020

Can I Move My Boiler?

Can I Move My Boiler?

The location of your boiler can sometimes cause a headache, taking up lots of room, making loud noises or being hard to access are all common issues with boilers.

If you find yourself in this predicament, there’s no need to worry as iHeat can relocate your boiler when you get a new one installed.

However, before making the big decision to move it, there are a few things we’d recommend you consider…

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Why Relocate a Boiler?

There are a number of reasons why someone may wish to have their boiler moved from one position to another.

For example, many homeowners complain that a boiler in their kitchen cupboard takes up too much room that could otherwise be used for storage. In these cases, they may wish to have their boiler moved from their kitchen to the loft or an airing cupboard.

A boiler located in, or near-to, a bedroom could be making lots of noise that keeps members of the family awake at night. In this case, they may wish to relocate the boiler to the garage, utility room or kitchen, providing they have enough space.

Where Can I Move my Boiler To?

Where you can move your boiler to depends entirely on the type of boiler you have, as system and conventional boilers require more room for hot water cylinders or storage tanks, whereas a combination boiler is far more compact due to its self contained components.

Below are the most common places for boiler relocations.

Loft/Attic

Many people would rather have their boiler completely out of sight, which is why the loft is a popular location to move it to, however, if you have a conventional boiler, this move is unlikely to be possible due to the fact that they require gravity for the water to travel from the tank to the boiler and this would not be possible if they were on the same level.

You must also consider the safety and accessibility of your loft as the engineer will need access to be able to fit the boiler and maintain it with servicing over the years.

If your loft is not up to standard, it could cost you far more to get it fixed than it is worth just to move your boiler.

Another thing to factor into your decision is the risk of water damage to all the floors and ceilings below in the event of your boiler leaking or breaking.

Water damage is a huge cost to repair and can also be dangerous where there are electrics involved.

Airing Cupboard

Moving your boiler to the airing cupboard can take up some room but is a great way to free up space elsewhere in your home.

If you have a regular or system boiler, this is typically where the hot water cylinder is installed and it works really well to heat up the airing cupboard to keep your laundry warm and dry.

You can still have a combi boiler fitted in your airing cupboard, but it’s worth noting that it won’t keep your laundry warm as they don’t have hot water cylinders.

Kitchen

The kitchen is a very common place to have a boiler installed. This is ideal for when your boiler is currently installed near your bedroom but is too loud at night.

The most common place for a boiler in a kitchen is in a cupboard or cabinet. This acts as an extra measure to reduce the amount of noise as well as keeping it hidden away from view.

Garage

Similar to the kitchen, this is a great location for homeowners who wish to keep their boilers quiet and out of sight, however, there is the risk of your boiler and pipes freezing over during the cold winter months, so make sure to keep the temperature warm enough to avoid this happening.

Bedroom

Many homeowners are reluctant to install a boiler in a bedroom due to safety concerns, however, so long as the boiler is ‘room-sealed’ (taking air in from outside and expelling it outside) and installed correctly by a Gas Safe registered engineer, it is perfectly safe to relocate it to your bedroom.

Despite it being safe, it is important to note that any boiler can become faulty and leak carbon monoxide, which is potentially fatal. This is why you should have your boiler serviced annually.

Another thing worth mentioning is that a boiler can be noisy, which is why so many people choose to move their boilers away from their bedrooms.

If you’re a light sleeper, we would advise against moving your boiler to your bedroom unless you really want to, in which case you should opt for one of our exceptionally quiet boilers such as the Viessmann Vitodens 050-W.

Bathroom

Although it is possible to install a boiler in the bathroom, the installation must meet certain regulations to ensure the boiler won’t get wet and has the right kind of ventilation.

This means installing it in a cupboard that is a safe distance away from taps and showers as well as following the boiler flue regulations.

Utility Room

For homes with a utility room, this is an ideal space for a boiler as it can be out of sight, out of earshot and in a safe, accessible place that is likely to remain warm enough so that the pipes won’t freeze over.

Can I Move My Existing Boiler?

Although it is possible to relocate an existing boiler, if yours is getting old and will need replacing in the next few years then it may be worth waiting to have your new boiler installed in your desired location as opposed to spending money on relocating a boiler that will be replaced soon after.

Not only could a new combi boiler be more efficient, but it can also guarantee that you’ll have all the correct parts for the relocation, such as the flue, which can often be discontinued for older models.

At iHeat, we only install and move new boilers. Click here to view our fantastic range of A-rated efficient boilers that could save you up to £315 a year on fuel bills according to the Energy Saving Trust.

How Much Will it Cost to Move my Boiler?

The cost of moving your boiler can range anywhere from £250 to £800 depending on the type of boiler you’re having installed, whether you’re relocating an old or new boiler and how far away from the original spot you decide to move it.

If you’re hoping to relocate your boiler just a short distance, such as on the same wall then you should expect to pay around the £250 mark.

If you wish to move your boiler to a different room or floor and more pipework is required then you will generally be required to pay a higher amount around £500.

At iHeat, we offer same room boiler relocations for just £250 and relocations to any other room in your home for just £400! Get a free fixed quote here.

There may also be additional costs for parts such as extension pipes, thermostats, flues and additional fixtures. Click here to see our helpful boiler relocation cost guide.

Why Should I Choose an iHeat Installer?

Unfortunately, in England and Wales there are over 60 deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning every year. As a result, the government set up the Gas Safe Register (formerly known as CORGI), which states that by law, all gas engineers must be registered as Gas Safe.

If anyone, even a trusted electrician or decorator, offers to mend your boiler without being on the Gas Safe Register, they are breaking the law and could cause a potentially fatal accident.

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At iHeat, we take gas safety very seriously, ensuring that all our boiler installers are Gas Safe Registered.

We also offer annual boiler servicing to make sure your boiler, and the whole system is running safely.

For your peace of mind, we make sure all our installers display their Gas Safe card upon arrival so you can be sure the work will be done diligently and safely. If you are looking to purchase a new boiler, take a look at the models we have in stock here.

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