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    Are you thinking about moving your boiler from one location to another?

    Boilers are quite complicated systems and should only be installed or moved by a professional. Some parts of the job can be carried out as a DIY job, such as readying the new pipework and modifying the walls and surrounding areas.

    However, the boiler relocation itself should only be carried out by a professional.

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    Average Cost of Moving a Boiler:

    Depending on the complexity of the job, it usually takes: 1-2 days

    £725

    How Much Does It Cost to Move a Boiler?

    So how much does moving a boiler cost? The average cost for relocating a boiler is around £500-£950. The actual price you pay will depend on several factors, including the type of boiler that is being moved, the difficulty of the job, and your location in the UK.

    Moving a boiler is actually a more complicated job than simply installing a new boiler. This is because it involves dismantling the old position for the boiler and then reinstalling it in its new location.

    Boiler Relocation Prices

    Let's take a look at the average boiler relocation costs in the table below:

    Type of work Average cost
    Move the existing boiler £500-£950
    Extension flue pipe and flue bends (per metre) £75-£125
    Controls £100-£650
    Magnetic filters £150-£225
    Pipework and fittings £400-£600
    Replacing combi boiler with a new one in a new location £2000-£4000

    One of the biggest costs involved with moving a boiler is the new pipework. Below is a list of what this involves:

    Flue

    An extension flue pipe will need to be added so it can reach a safe area outside, and a new hole for the flue will also be added. This will cost around £75-£125 per metre.

    Pipework

    A condensate pipe will be connected to a waste pipe, and the boiler will need to be reconnected to the existing pipework in the home. This will cost around £400-£600.

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    Gas Connections

    Rerouting the pipework is never cheap, and if you're moving the boiler to a room that doesn't have a gas pipe, this will add some extra costs. The cost for this part of the job is around £45-£85 per metre.

    Magnetic Filters

    These filters extract debris from the water in your pipes and can help to reduce rust. They are great for maintaining your pipes in the long term. The cost for these is around £120-£225.

    Additional Costs

    Depending on the job's complexity, where you're moving the boiler to, and the reason you're moving your boiler, there may be some additional costs that you need to consider.

    Below is a list of the additional things that you may need to think about with this type of work:

    Boiler Service

    Boiler servicing should be completed once per year to ensure your boiler is in great working condition. Once your boiler is in its new position, it's a good idea to get it serviced to ensure all of the parts are working properly and to make sure that it is safe.

    A boiler service will cost around £50-£90 depending on your type of boiler and your location in the UK.

    Remove and Replace a Radiator

    To improve the efficiency of your central heating system, it may be worth removing and replacing some of your old radiators. The average cost for removing and replacing a radiator is around £200-£400 per radiator.

    These prices can change depending on the type of radiator and the difficulty of the job.

    Bleed Radiators

    If you are looking to improve the efficiency of the central heating system and ensure it is working properly, you may want to bleed all of your radiators. While this can be done as a simple DIY job, many homeowners prefer to leave this work to the professionals.

    You can usually expect to pay around £80-£150 to bleed all of the radiators in your house. The cost will depend on the number of radiators that you have.

    Labour Costs and Timescales

    When moving your boiler from one location to another, you will need to hire a plumber to carry out the work. Plumbers will usually work at an hourly rate, and you can expect this rate to be around £40-£60 per hour.

    The rate will depend on the individual plumber, the amount of experience they have, the complexity of the job, and your location in the UK.

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    In most cases, it will usually take around 1-2 days to move a boiler, depending on how far you are moving it and the job's difficulty. It's a good idea to get this job done during the summer so that you don't have to go too long without your heating or hot water.

    Cost Factors of Moving a Boiler

    Several cost factors can affect the overall cost of moving a boiler. Below is a list of the things that may affect the price of the job:

    Size of the Boiler

    The size of the boiler can affect the overall cost of your boiler relocation. This is because larger boilers are often more difficult to move easily. This can result in the job taking longer and, therefore, you can expect to pay higher labour costs for larger boilers.

    Type of Boiler

    The type of boiler that you're moving can also affect the overall cost of the job. Some boilers may be more difficult to move than others, and some may require more work than others to complete the move. This will also result in higher labour costs as certain boilers will take longer to move.

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    Ease of Access

    The ease of access in and around your property is also a factor that could affect the cost. If the boiler is difficult to get to or if the new location for the boiler proves to be quite tricky, then this could also result in the job taking much longer. This, in turn, will result in higher labour costs due to the extra time that the job will take to complete.

    New Location

    The new location of your boiler can affect the overall cost of the job. For example, the cost of moving a boiler from upstairs to downstairs will cost a lot more than moving a boiler from one part of a room to another part. This is because the move is much further and so will require more materials, more pipework, and it will also take much longer, so it will cost more in labour.

    Location of Property

    The location of your property can play a large part in how much you will pay for labour. Those based in and around London can expect to pay more in labour costs than those based in the North or other parts of the UK.

    What's Involved in Moving a Boiler?

    Moving a boiler to a new location will take a lot of planning, and it can't always be done in the way you want. This is because the boiler move will depend on several factors, including your boiler's condition and whether you can install a new flue that will work well in the new location.

    Moving a boiler can actually be a more extensive job than simply installing a new boiler. This is because the engineer will have to dismantle the boiler and remove it from its old position before reinstalling it at a new position.

    Your engineer will have to install a new flue that feeds through a new invasive hole. They will also have to install new pipework to carry the water in and out of your boiler at its new location. Plus, the boiler will need to be re-piped and reconnected to the radiators in your home.

    The job will also entail moving or extending your gas pipe fitting. This part of the job must be completed by an engineer that is on the gas safe register. In many cases, you may need to replace your old boiler with a new one in the new location.

    Once the move is complete, and your new boiler is completely set up, you will need to redecorate the area where the boiler originally sat. You may also need to touch up the new location as this will be subject to some damage during the move.

    Can I Move a Boiler Myself?

    You should not attempt to move your boiler yourself. This is a job that should be left to a professional heating engineer or plumber. A boiler relocation job is a very extensive job that requires a lot of specialised knowledge.

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    A boiler relocation includes dismantling the boiler and removing it from the old location, installing a new flue, changing the pipework, and installing the boiler in the new location. Most boilers in the UK work on gas. If you are moving a gas boiler or making any alterations to gas pipework, this will all need to be carried out by a professional on the gas-safe register.

    Building Regulations & Planning Permission for Boiler Relocation

    When it comes to moving a boiler, you won't need to worry about obtaining planning permission. However, you will need to adhere to some building regulations rules.

    There are specific rules about where the flue can be situated and how and where your gas feed pipes are installed. Your gas-safe engineer should have the knowledge and skills needed to comply with all of these rules. They will also advise you on what can and can't be done as part of the job.

    You should fit a carbon monoxide detector in the room where the boiler is moved to so that it can detect any problems with the flue and alert you quickly so that any issues can be fixed. This can help to keep you and your family safe.

    If you are unsure about whether your new boiler location complies with the building regulations rules, then it's a good idea to speak to your local authority for some advice.

    Benefits of Boiler Relocation

    There are several benefits to moving a boiler, however, it is a rather large job, so you should only go ahead with a boiler relocation if you really need to. Below is a list of the benefits of moving a boiler to a new location:

    Create More Space

    Some people find that their existing boilers are in a terrible place and take up too much room. This is especially annoying when the boiler is in a small room and takes up a lot of the space in that room. Homeowners can often move their boiler to a garage or the loft, which can free up a large amount of space in the home.

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    Make the Space Neater

    Some boilers can be quite bulky and may not be very appealing to the eye on the wall. By moving your boiler, you could move it somewhere completely out of the way. Some examples include moving a boiler outside in the garage, moving it in the loft, or relocating it in a cupboard.

    Hiring Contractors to Move a Boiler Checklist

    You will need to consider a few things before hiring contractors to move your boiler for you. Below is a list of some of the main things that you should consider when looking for the right contractors for the job:

    • Does the contractor offer any guarantees with their work?
    • How much is the work to complete? – Ask for a breakdown of costs so you can ensure you are paying a good price for each element of the job.
    • Is the contractor experienced in moving the type of boiler that you have?
    • How many years' worth of experience does the contractor have in relocating boilers?
    • How many contractors will carry out the job?
    • Will the contractor fix any issues that may arise?
    • Will the contractor take care of any relevant waste removal?
    • Do you need to hire any additional contractors for different parts of the work?
    • Will the contractor follow all of the relevant building regulation guidelines?
    • Is the contractor on the gas safe register?

    FAQs

    Will moving a boiler affect the value of your property?
    Moving your boiler won't really have much of an effect on the value of your home. However, if you choose to install a brand-new boiler in the new location, this will slightly increase your home's value.
    How much does it cost to repair a faulty boiler?
    The cost for repairing a faulty boiler will vary depending on what the issue is. Minor repairs can cost around £50-£200, whereas more serious faults could cost £250+.
    What is a combi boiler?
    A combi boiler is a type of boiler that combines both electricity and gas to heat the water needed for your central heating and water system. This type of boiler is the most common type of new boiler in the UK.
    How long does a boiler last?
    The average boiler in the UK should last for around 10-15 years before it needs to be replaced with a new one.
    How often does a boiler need to be serviced?
    Your boiler should be serviced annually to ensure that it is working effectively and to ensure that it remains energy-efficient.

    Sources

    https://www.mrcentralheating.co.uk/blog/move-the-boiler-in-your-home
    https://millersofmontrose.co.uk/freestanding-wardrobe-vs-fitted-wardrobe/
    https://kennethinstallations.co.uk/5-benefits-of-fitted-wardrobes/
    https://www.cbjltd.co.uk/news/10-ways-update-fitted-wardrobes

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 23rd February 2022.

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