Are you thinking of relocating your combi boiler?
There are a number of considerations you need to think about before you go ahead and make the move, including upheaval elements you may not have taken into account, and working out what space you’d actually gain.
As a bit of a helping hand, we’ve put together the eight main things you should know about before relocating your boiler.
1. You’ll have to relocate your pipework
If your combi boiler is taking up space in your kitchen cupboards, moving it to the attic or basement or garage could potentially give you quite a bit more room.
However, when your boiler moves, your pipework will also have to move with it, and depending on the location, it could be more difficult than you first imagined.
2. You might have to uplift your floorboards
Depending on where you want to relocate your combi boiler, you may need to lift carpets and uplift floorboards in order to allow the pipework to be redirected.
A new gas pipe that will have to be run to your combi boiler’s new location, and you may even have to run a pipe on the outside.
3. You’ll need to drill a hole for your flue
Your boiler will also require a flue to an outside wall, which will involve cutting a five-inch hole. This will cause a lot of dust in the air, and it will take a few days to settle.
4. Your hot water may take longer to reach the taps
Another big consideration is your hot water. You must consider how far away your boiler’s new location will be to your hot taps, as the further away your boiler is, the longer it could take to heat your water.
5. You’ll have to fit a waste pipe
Will your combi boiler’s new location be far from a drain? When choosing your new location you must also consider drainage, as you must fit a waste pipe.
6. You may need roof access
If the new location is in your attic, you may need the flue to go through your roof.
Because of this, you’ll need access to your roof, and you may even require scaffolding and extra costs you hadn’t originally figured in.
7. You may need to install a frost thermostat
If your new location is in your garage (which technically is outside your home), it would also require a frost thermostat to be installed.
This is because garages typically aren’t heated, and your pipes can freeze. A frost thermostat will regulate the heat of the pipes to stop them from freezing up.
8. You may need surface pipework
If there are areas where there is stone floor or tiled floors, the pipework will need to be surface (which means it would run along the wall just above the skirting board), otherwise you’ll have to cut into the floor.
If you’re considering relocating your combi boiler, it could be more work than you initially realise.
Read over the points above and balance out the pros and cons before you decide to make the move.
Ask yourself some questions: will you have to lift any floorboards? Will you have to wait a long time for hot water? Will your boiler be near a drain? Do you have roof access?
And lastly, be sure to hire a gas safe registered engineer to help you move and install the boiler to its new location.