If you are investing in a new boiler or planning to move an existing boiler, you are probably wondering how much it is likely to cost. Boiler moves are notoriously expensive but actually, there are a number of factors involved and you might find that moving your boiler is not nearly as expensive as you feared. In this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know.
There are a number of different reasons you might want to move your boiler. It might need to be moved for safety reasons because of the location of your flue. Perhaps you are changing the layout of your house and need the boiler somewhere else. Or maybe you just want to free up a kitchen cupboard.
Whatever your reason, moving a boiler can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. There are a number of different variables that can affect the cost of a boiler move. In this short guide, we will tell you what they are to help you make an informed decision and even save money when moving your boiler.
How Much Does It Cost To Move A Boiler?
The cost of moving a boiler will vary depending on the parts, labour, and the scale of the job. Typically, you can expect to pay something in the region of £350 – £750 to move your boiler.
The lower end of this scale will be for a simple move of around a couple of feet or so. Generally speaking, the further you move it, the more you can expect to pay. If you want it on the opposite side of the house, you will be looking at the upper end of this scale.
If you want to get the cheapest possible deal of a boiler installation that includes moving the location of your boiler, be sure to check out WARMZILLA which offers some of the most competitive prices around.
How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Boiler And Move It To A New Location?
This will vary depending on the type of boiler you choose and where you buy it from, as well as the variables we have already mentioned.
The best prices we have found for this type of move also come from WARMZILLA.
They offer the cheapest prices around on a wide range of boilers from all the top manufacturers. Their various special offers include things like extended warranties and mean you can always be sure of getting a great deal.
With WAMRZILLA, you are likely to pay between £150 and £500 extra to move a boiler location on top of their highly-competitive prices. You will notice that these fees are generally slightly reduced from the average prices we quoted above.
To get an idea of how much it might cost to move your boiler, visit the WAMRZILLA website today and fill in their online form. This will ask you about moving your boiler and offer a fixed-price quote to suit your specific circumstances.
Please note, WarmZilla is currently running a promo — use code WZ-200 at checkout and get an additional £200 discount on your boiler.
Do Prices Differ For Oil, Gas And LPG Boiler Relocation?
No. The type of fuel your boiler uses shouldn’t have a huge impact on the price of a boiler relocation.
The difference in costs relates primarily to the amount of pipework that is needed and the preparation required for the move.
What will cause price variations is which fitter you are using. Different fitters charge different prices and this is why it is important to get a number of quotes in order to ensure you are paying the right price.
The only consideration that can vary the price is if you have a larger oil boiler (over 100kg, rather than an average 45kg-50kg sized boiler). These boilers are extremely heavy and one fitter alone will be unable to move them.
They will, therefore, need a labourer or assistant to help them and this means your labour costs are likely to be considerably higher.
What Are The Factors That Affect Cost Of Moving A Boiler To A New Location?
Throughout this guide, we have referenced various different factors that can affect the cost of moving a boiler. In this section, we will outline in detail what those factors are to enable you to make an informed decision about where you want to move your boiler to:
#1 – Time Taken And Materials Used
The longer a job takes and the more materials you have to use, the more you can generally expect to have to pay for it.
This means that if you are moving the boiler a short distance, you will need less work and fewer materials, so the costs will be less.
But it is quite common that people like to move them further into different rooms such another room, a different floor, the attic, into an extension, or even the garage. If you want to do that, it is likely to cost more but again this will depend on how far the new location is from the existing one.
#2 – Pipework requirements
Central heating pipes are generally made of copper and these are not particularly cheap.
It also takes time to connect up new piping, especially if you have to lift up floors and get into wall cavities.
The amount of new pipework that is needed to move your boiler to a new location is generally a good indication of how much it will cost. Lots of piping equals more cost, less piper means less expense.
#3 – New Flues and Flue extension required
If you are moving the boiler to a different location, the chances are that you will need a new flue.
This will either mean making a new hole in an outside wall to accommodate the flue (and filling the old one in) or adding a vertical flue, with the necessary extension needed to allow it to vent the dangerous gases created by your boiler out of the roof.
The cost of a vertical flue isn’t too bad, with a Worcester vertical flue starting at around £100 and extensions costing around £50 each. But the labour involved means this can become expensive pretty quickly.
#4 – Additional Labour
This is something we have touched upon in previous sections, but it bears reemphasising.
There are plenty of additional costs which many people overlook but will all add to the time and therefore the cost of moving a boiler. This includes things like:
- Lifting and relaying floorboards and other floor coverings.
- Creating holes for the new flue pipe
- Filling old pipe and flue holes
- Accessing piping in walls and skirting and any subsequent repairs.
Many of these are costs that can be incurred even if you are only moving the boiler a small distance but obviously, the further you move it, the more these costs are likely to build up!
Should you move an old boiler or replace it with a new one?
As we have explained, the cost of moving an existing boiler could be as high as £750, which is around half the price that you would expect to pay for a whole new boiler from an online installation company like WARMZILLA.
With WARMZILLA offering lower costs to move a boiler, it may well be worth considering replacing your old boiler with a brand new one.
Generally, we would only recommend this for boilers that are more than seven or eight years old and already out of warranty. These are likely to go wrong soon, meaning they will incur expensive repair bills.
A new boiler will avoid these outlays and is also likely to result in lower gas bills too since new boilers are far more energy efficient than older ones.
The best advice is to take a look at the cost of a new boiler on WARMZILLA and then do your sums. We find that quite often, a new boiler actually makes more financial sense over the medium to long term once you factor everything else in.
The cost of moving a boiler will vary and is dependent on many factors. The general rule is that the further you move it, the more pipework and labour will be involved and therefore the higher the cost.
In this guide, we have outlined the main factors to consider and given you some rough figures about what you can expect to pay. We have also weighed up the pros and cons of moving an old boiler against investing in a brand new one using a site like WARMZILLA.
Have you ever moved a boiler in your home? Did it cost more than you expected and where was that extra money spent? Did you move an old boiler or invest in a new one? Do you have any tips for our readers we haven’t covered in this guide?
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