If it’s time to upgrade your boiler, first ask yourself if this is the best place for your new boiler to go too, or might there be a better place within your home?
There are a few reasons why you may want to move your boiler. Does its current location get in the way? Is it too noisy? (though new boilers tend to be quieter) Are you extending your property and its current location, simply won’t work? If you’re renovating and need a new boiler now may be the perfect time to find it a new home.
Where are boilers usually located?
Boilers can be found in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or utility room. A utility room is an ideal place for your boiler because it is out of the way and doesn’t get in the way of your living space. We don’t usually recommend it to be near or above bedroom’s as this could cause disrupted sleep as it switches on and off. Many boilers can be installed in a cupboard, if you wanted it to be out of sight completely.
What type of boiler should I get?
This really depends on the size of your home, number of bathrooms and number of people living in the home. You want one that can keep up with the demand of your household. There are three types of boilers you can choose from: condensing boilers, combi boilers and system boilers.
How much space will the boiler take up?
Again, this depends on what type of boiler you get. Once you have decided on your boiler, check that if it will work in the location you had in mind. Find out the dimensions of the boiler and how much clearance there should be surrounding it. It’s a good idea to decide on a location for your boiler before you buy it. If you are going to move your boiler, remember too that your plumber may need to take up flooring to move the pipework. This will result in extra time and cost, compared to a straightforward boiler replacement.
Can a boiler go in the loft?
Yes, but there are a few things you’ll need to check first. Is there enough room in your loft for you or your plumber to stand up? Can the wall support the weight of the boiler? Do you have a loft ladder and good lighting? Will the boiler have frost protection? Note, that if, your boiler is a long way from you’re the various taps in your property, it will need to work harder to provide your taps with hot water. This will increase your energy consumption and may result in higher bills.
Can you put a boiler in the garage?
Yes, this might be another option too. If you are going to install your boiler in the garage you will need to make sure it has frost protection – you will need insulation so that the pipes don’t freeze.
Make sure it’s easily accessible
Despite not needing to get to the boiler too often, it still needs to be easy to get to for both yourself and your plumber. You should have at least an annual boiler service, to make sure that it is in good working order. Should work need to be done to it, having clear access will make it easier for your plumber.
Are there any regulations for boiler installations?
Regulations state that all new boilers have to be condensing, which means they need a discharge pipe and should be positioned on or next to an outside wall. The minimum flue clearance distance will depend on your boiler, and will be detailed in your manufacturers instruction booklet.
How can you ensure the boiler is safe?
If you’re moving your boiler to another room, don’t forget to install or move your carbon dioxide alarm along with it. Also, always make sure that the plumbers installing our new boiler are registered with Gas Safe.
You can be sure that when you use Arco Heating Ltd, that our plumbers are registered and that your home is in safe hands. We cover all areas in and around Havering including, Romford, Collier Row, Hornchurch, Upminster and beyond.
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