There are many reasons why you may want to move your boiler. Its current location in your home may mean that it gets in the way of your everyday activities, it’s too noisy, or it simply doesn’t look quite right where it is now. If you need a new boiler or if you’re renovating your home, now may be the perfect time to pick out a better spot for it.
Where do boilers usually go?
Boilers are often located in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or utility room. A utility room is an ideal place for your boiler because it doesn’t stand out against the décor in the rest of your house, and it won’t get in the way of your living space. It’s worth noting that many boilers are more attractive than boilers used to be, and you could even put your boiler in a cupboard if you wanted it to be out of sight completely.
How much space will the boiler take up?
You’ll need to consider how big the boiler is and how much space you will need around it before you settle on a place to put it. 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, and to have all of the information you need so that the installation goes as smoothly as possible.
Is your loft appropriate?
If you’d like to put your boiler in the loft, there are a few things you’ll need to check first. Do you have a loft ladder and good lighting? Can the wall support the weight of the boiler? Does the boiler have frost protection? Is there enough room in your loft for you or your plumber to stand up? Plus, if your boiler is a long way from your kitchen, it will need to work harder to provide your tap with hot water, so you should also take this into consideration if you’re worried about wasting energy.
Should you put the boiler in the garage?
The garage could be a good place to install your boiler, as it’s out of the way. However, you will need to make sure it has frost protection and you’ll need insulation so that the pipes don’t freeze.
Will it be accessible?
You probably won’t need to get to your boiler very often because most controls and thermostats are remote. But you may need to get to it occasionally, and your plumber will need access to it when it’s time for your boiler’s annual service. Worst case scenario, your plumber can’t get to your boiler when there is a problem with it, and your boiler can’t be used or fixed. Make sure that wherever you put your boiler, it’s easy to get to.
Will the boiler be noisy?
Modern boilers are quieter than older models but they still make a little noise, so think about whether this would be a problem in the room where you are installing the boiler. You may not want to put it in your bedroom, or in the loft directly above your bedroom, for example. Your utility room or a cupboard that can muffle the noise may be a better place for it.
What regulations do you need to consider?
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 boiler should also be far enough away from doors and windows. The minimum flue clearance distance will depend on your boiler, so take advice from your plumber regarding this. You will also need access to a waste pipe.
What about the pipework?
It isn’t just the boiler you need to consider – you’ll need to factor in the pipework, too. Your plumber may need to take up flooring to move the pipework, so this will result in extra time and cost, compared to a straightforward boiler replacement.
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.
If you’re in the Northamptonshire area, we’d be happy to discuss replacing or relocating your boiler. Our team of professional, friendly plumbers can advise you on the best place for your boiler and carry out the work in a timely manner with minimal fuss. Call us on 01983 138153 or contact us online using the form on the right.