What happens when a new boiler is fitted?

When the time comes for fitting a boiler, whether you’re replacing an existing, old boiler with a similar new one or adding a completely new or different heating and hot water system, there will inevitably be some disruption to your homelife. It is important to understand the preparation you should undertake, how long it takes to fit a boiler and the stages involved, and what to expect from your heating engineers. We take a look in this blog at how to install a boiler with the least amount of upheaval and the best outcome for your family.

How long does it take to fit a boiler?

This is the first question you are probably asking. Unsurprisingly, the answer isn’t straightforward as it depends on what your existing system is and what kind of new boiler system you are having fitted. In general terms, fitting a boiler should take between one and four days depending on your situation. In brief:

Swapping old for new

If you are simply having an old boiler removed and a new one of the same type fitted, assuming that the rest of the system is in good working order, this should last up to a day. To do this, your piping systems will have to be drained and emptied, and the electricity disconnected – but the level of disruption should be minimal.

Relocating your boiler

Whether you want to simply move an existing boiler to a different location, or fit a new boiler somewhere different and have the old one removed, this process is more complex because new pipework will need to be installed along with new wiring for power. It may also be that walls need to be drilled through to fit the flue and overflow pipes. This process is likely to take up to 2 days.

Changing your boiler type

If you are upgrading to a larger type system, going from a combi boiler to a system or heat only boiler, then tanks and pipework will need to be installed. If you’re moving to a combi boiler then the old tanks will need to be removed. Whichever system you are moving to, it will be a lot like fitting a boiler from scratch and will therefore be likely to take 2-3 days.

These are the three main reasons for fitting a boiler, but any good heating engineer will be able to talk you through the various scenarios and how long it is likely to take to fit a boiler in your home. 

What is the process for fitting a boiler in your home?

If you’ve been wondering how to install a boiler through a heating engineering company, we’ve put together a list of steps that are usually taken to give you a better understanding of the process.

  1. Home survey and consultation: this is the process during which we find out about your lifestyle and the levels of use that a boiler is likely to see, as well as what your demand is for hot water. We will review your home, the space available and assess what would be most suitable. We will talk through with you what your options are in relation to your budget and your needs, and then make a recommendation on boiler type and size.
  2. Removal of your old boiler.
  3. System flush: the type of clean we do will depend on the condition of your system but a flush should be undertaken before fitting a boiler into an existing system to avoid causing any damage to your new boiler through existing debris.
  4. Pipework: this could include additional pipework or the replacement of existing pipes where necessary, but we will talk through with you what’s needed before proceeding.
  5. New boiler installation.
  6. Commissioning of your boiler: this means that we will test and check your new boiler and system to make sure it is working properly and efficiently.
  7. Handover: we talk you through how your new system works and how to operate it properly as well as any regular boiler maintenance checks you should be doing.
  8. Boiler registration: we will register your boiler with the manufacturer to validate your warranty.
  9. Boiler service: don’t forget to keep your boiler services up to date to keep it working efficiently and to ensure that it lives a long and happy life in your home. 

Getting a new boiler fitted with toasti

Fitting a boiler can mean some upheaval to your homelife, but as we said earlier,, in many cases this shouldn’t last for too long – and here at toasti, we will make sure you have your heating and hot water back on as soon as we can. 

If you are worried about how to install a boiler, or the process that we go through, our experienced heating engineers carry out this work regularly and you will be in extremely safe hands. For more information on fitting a boiler take a look at our boiler installation services page on our website.