Will Scholfield, Engineer
31 Jan : Updated 17 Oct ● 8 min read
If you’ve come to the realisation that your boiler is no longer in a convenient place, or you’ve just moved into an old victorian terrace with a boiler lurking in the second bedroom - then you might be considering moving it.
But, don’t panic too much, whilst moving a boiler sounds like a mammoth task, it may not be as complex as you’d first thought. There are also multiple benefits of relocating your boiler - read on to find out more.
There are a number of viable reasons to move a boiler, and if you suspect that your boiler could be of better service in a different location, then it is important to consider this as an option.
It’s important to note that moving a boiler is a complex task that should only be carried out by a qualified professional. To ensure a safe and efficient relocation, a Gas Safe registered engineer will consider factors such as the plumbing connections, ventilation requirements, and compliance with local building codes.
There are many places that can become inconvenient for a boiler. You may need the cupboard space eventually or you may want to move your boiler from your spare room to a kitchen cupboard, for example.
Not only does it free up space, moving a boiler can improve the comfort of a room. Whilst modern boilers are relatively quiet, they do still make some noise. So if you fancy that extra bit of peace and quiet, then you may want to move it to a different location.
Other reasons you might move a boiler are as follows:
• Renovation or remodelling: During house renovations or remodelling projects, the boiler may need to be relocated to meet changes in the building's layout or design.
• Accessibility and maintenance: Sometimes a boiler is simply in a bad place and by moving it it can make it more serviceable which can improve its performance, make it more energy efficient, and reduce fuel consumption.
• Utilising space: Similar to renovating, you may find moving your boiler is the best way to make use of space around the house/building.
• Safety and compliance: If, now this is a big if, the boiler is installed in a location that violates safety and regulations, then by law, you may need to move it.
• Efficiency and performance: The current position of a boiler may not always be optimal for effective operation. Moving the boiler to a better location in the home can increase its energy efficiency.
At BOXT, we'll happily move your boiler to a new location while we're installing your new boiler. If you're looking to move your existing boiler without buying a new one, you will need to contact a local Gas Safe registered engineer, as this isn't a service we currently provide.
If you’ve decided your boiler needs a new home, there are a few further things to think about before getting in touch with a Gas Safe registered engineer:
• Is it in the way?
• Does it look unsightly in its current location?
• Is moving a boiler possible in your property?
Once you have a viable answer to all of the above questions, then you might be in a better position for making a decision. As aforementioned, given the intricate nature of moving a boiler, it’s important to hire an experienced, Gas Safe registered engineer with experience in boiler relocation to carry out the work.
They should be able to advise you on whether the boiler relocation is one, necessary and two, where might be the best place for it to function at its most efficient.
In short - no. Whilst some jobs are feasible - and perfectly achievable - in the world of do-it-yourself - you shouldn’t try and move a boiler by yourself.
You need to get the help of a Gas Safe registered engineer.
In all honesty, a boiler can potentially sit anywhere in a home, it depends entirely on the layout of your property. Firstly, consider your individual requirements and where the unit might function at its most efficient. Most importantly you will need to make sure the new position is compliant with all associated regulations Below are some examples of where a boiler can live and why said locations might be a good option.
Moving your boiler to the loft is great for those with limited space, or for boilers that have additional parts, such as water tanks. Lofts offer a place hidden out of plain sight, causing less bother and reducing noise around the rest of the home.
It’s not uncommon for boilers to move to, or live in, the airing cupboard. This provides an excellent place for storage, as well as a great home for your boiler as it’s hidden out of sight.
If you choose to keep the boiler in the bathroom, it should ideally be contained in a cupboard, and the main electrical lead needs to be fully outside of the bathroom.
There are several benefits to choosing this location; for instance, it will save you room within the home and is simpler to access for any boiler maintenance. Also, if the boiler does ever leak water there would be limited property damage
So long as the boiler is fully accessible for servicing and maintenance with the correct clearances stated by the manufacturer, then it is fine to be fitted in the kitchen. Due to the fact you can disguise it in a cupboard, many people opt for their boiler to be placed here.
Another popular location for the household boiler is in the utility room. his is because, similar to the bathroom and kitchen, these areas of the home all require some sort of drainage for waste water to go.
Your boiler can be moved wherever you wish, as long as the position, and flue termination are compliant with current regulations. But, you must determine where it will be most practical within your house. Take into account factors like how simple it will be to access for servicing and maintenance, and make sure it is placed somewhere practical that won't require it to be moved in the future.
The majority of the job's cost is added when moving a boiler because the plumbing (pipework) also needs to be moved. However, an equivalent swap ought to take a day. Whereas it should take between one and a half to two days to install a new boiler at a new location in the home.
The cost of moving a boiler can vary depending on the type of boiler you’re having installed. Whether you’re getting a completely new boiler and disposing of your old one, or if you’re simply moving your current model to a different location in your home.
There is no set price for moving a boiler, this is because not all boilers are the same and each model will have a different set of requirements and could cost more or less in labour. There are additional costs that will need to be considered when moving a boiler.
You can usually expect a cost of around £1000 to £1400 for boiler relocation which usually includes all the parts and labour needed to complete the job.
If you’re only looking to relocate your boiler a short distance, such as within the same room or along the same wall, then you’ll be looking more towards the £1000 mark.
However, if your relocation is on a completely different floor, or requires more pipework, then you can expect to pay a higher amount. For example, the cost of moving a boiler from upstairs to downstairs will be a bigger job - therefore a more expensive move.
Extra components that may need to be purchased to complete the relocation work include:
• Additional pipework
• Additional fittings and fixtures
• Consumable materials
*Read our guide for more information on what is a boiler flue.
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Moving a boiler can be a complicated job, so before you make any sudden decisions, you’ll need to give it a lot of thought. It’s also worth getting the opinion of a professional engineer to make sure your visions are possible.
Whatever your reason for relocating your boiler, a Gas Safe registered engineer should be the only one to make the switch for you and thankfully, we have the perfect ones for the job here at BOXT.
If you’re looking for a brand new boiler and a relocation, we’re the best company to turn to. Thanks to our great prices, we can make moving a boiler and choosing an upgrade so much easier, faster, and more affordable than it’s ever been.
You can speak with a member of our team today using our web chat. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you have - ask away!