Whether you are installing a new gas supply or replacing an existing boiler, choosing the most convenient spot to site your boiler, with safety in mind, is a major consideration.
You may be looking to move a boiler to a hidden location, reduce noise, or change the aesthetics of your interior design. Getting expert advice is recommended and you can find an experienced gas engineer via the Gas Safe Register.
There will be a number of potential sites for your boiler within the property; however, they are usually found in bathrooms, kitchens or utility rooms. As the boiler will need access to a waste pipe, these rooms are the most appropriate. As all new boilers must be condensing, you will also need the location to be close to an outside wall to fit a discharge pipe to remove condensation.
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There are also specific measurements relating to the distance from doors and windows due to flue requirements. Your engineer will advise on these depending on the model of boiler you are fitting. Moving your boiler rather than replacing it in situ will mean extra pipework, which will add to the cost, and may involve taking up floorboards, so be prepared for added disruption whilst the work is being carried out.
Loft and garage
Although a modern boiler operates with reduced noise, placing it within an existing cupboard or having a new one fitted will ensure the noise levels are reduced whilst the boiler is in operation. When moving a boiler, always remember to install a carbon monoxide monitor. Any leaks can be life-threatening, so safety first is always the rule.
By placing the boiler in an underused space, such as a utility room, it will be separate from your main living area but easily accessible. Installing a boiler in the loft is an option; however, this must be boarded out and have good lighting and a loft ladder. The argument against fitting your boiler too far away from hot water taps is that it may have to work harder and waste energy.
The garage space is another option; however, as with a loft installation, you must make sure it is well insulated and protected against frost.