How much does it cost to move a boiler? Let us tell you

There are a number of reasons you might want to move a boiler, from creating space to renovating your home or upgrading your central heating system. We take a look at some of the steps in moving a boiler from one location to another, and the kinds of things you should consider before doing so. Importantly, we also look at the requirements for moving a boiler in terms of both time and money, as some of the questions we are asked most often are around moving a boiler and how much it costs.

Why move a boiler?

Newer homes are designed with things like heating, hot water and the boiler in mind, so they are usually positioned thoughtfully – out of the way and in a location where they are accessible but hidden from sight and sound. However, if you have an older property into which a boiler was added once heating systems came into use, there is the chance that it is sitting in an unhelpful place – taking up a kitchen cupboard or using space in the hallway, for example. Many people decide to move their boiler when undertaking home renovations, either adding an extension or moving rooms around to make better use of the space and light, and this can be a good time to move a boiler to a more suitable position. There can be practical reasons for moving a boiler, too; if you use a combi boiler then it can take time for the water to come up to temperature and then to flow around your system to reach the tap that you use the most, and so some people move their boiler closer to the point of use (for example, the bathroom), to make it more efficient for the occupants of the home.

Regulations to follow when moving a boiler

There are some basic legal requirements that must be complied with when moving a boiler. Regulations state the boiler should be positioned at least 1.2 metres away from a door or window and must have access to a waste water pipe. 

Other considerations for a new boiler location

The location of the boiler should be easily accessible for repairs and any servicing, and there needs to be space for any pipework and provision for a flue. Most boilers are quiet but not silent, so you may not want one in a bedroom or in a place where people spend a lot of time. Kitchens, utility rooms, airing cupboards and bathrooms are common choices for new boiler positions. Lofts and garages can also be used provided there is adequate frost protection and pipe insulation. 

Although combi boilers can be located just about anywhere in a home because they are compact and relatively quiet, if you have a regular or system boiler then you are more restricted because of the need for the hot water storage cylinder (often kept in an airing cupboard), and in the case of a regular boiler, a feed and expansion tank is also needed, usually found in the loft above the boiler itself. 

What is the cost of moving a boiler?

To move a boiler, how much it costs depends on a number of factors including how far you wish to move it, where you want to move it to and the impact on the move of your existing set up. Generally speaking, moving a standard combi boiler costs between £300 and £800 depending on the type of move. If you simply want to move your boiler to a different location in the same room, you would be looking at the lower end of that scale. However, if you want your boiler to be located in a different room or on a different floor, the costs are much higher because you will incur additional parts and labour costs for new pipework and perhaps a new flue installation. Some of the part costs to be considered in the boiler move include:

Pipework: £300-£700

Flue: £80-£150

Flue pipes: £40-£45 per meter

Magnetic filter: £100-£140

Controls: £70-£700

As you can see, there are some pretty wide variables within the costs and these will depend on the type of boiler you have and the work involved in the relocation; you should also consider that if you choose to move your boiler to very different location then the cost of materials will increase as more pipework is needed and the labour cost involved will be higher because there may be the need for extra work such as lifting and relaying floorboards, and drilling holes in walls for pipework as well as patching once the work is done. 

How long does it take to move a boiler?

Most boiler relocations can be completed within a day, provided the boiler is not moving far. The further away the boiler moves then not only does the cost increase but also the time taken to complete the work as there is more to do. 
Moving a boiler can be a game changer in terms of making better use of the space within your home. However, you should consider all your options before taking the plunge – and any reputable heating engineer will offer you advice to suit your future plans and your budget. If you are looking at a boiler relocation and your existing boiler is prone to breakdowns or is getting old, it may also be a sensible time to consider a boiler replacement, given that work is being invested anyway. For advice and free estimates on how much to move a boiler or the cost to replace your existing boiler, get in touch with our friendly team now on 0161 527 7326 or email