How to Pick Your New Boiler Location: 4 Things to Consider
Buying a new boiler is a great opportunity to think about whether your current one is in the best place in your home. 9 times out of 10, it’s the best time to pick a new boiler location.
Moving a boiler installation can be quite a hassle as your pipework and flue will need to move too. There are also particular building regulations that your new installation will need to follow if it’s going to be in a room with a bath or shower, or in a loft. But if you’re going to install a new boiler anyway, it can be really worth doing if it’s going to improve your home.
Our new boiler location checklist
It’s best to decide on your new boiler location before you buy your boiler so you can get it installed straight into the place you want it. Make sure you consider these 4 things when you’re making your decision so you get your new model in the best possible location.
1. How much space does your boiler take up?
Space is a good place to start. Before you start thinking about where you can put your new boiler in terms of accessibility and flue position, make sure that the location you’re considering is big enough for it. For this you’ll need to consider 2 things: dimensions and clearance.
Dimensions are pretty easy to get hold of – you should be able to find them on the manufacturer’s website or through your chosen boiler provider. Make sure you’re clear which figures refer to the boiler’s width, height and depth.
You’ll also need to consider clearance – this is the amount of space there needs to be surrounding your boiler. You can usually find information about this in the model’s installation manual.
Add the relevant dimension and clearance figures together to get the width, depth and height measurements you’ll need to allow for your new boiler installation. Then you can check the places you’re thinking of putting your boiler to see whether it’ll fit.
2. Which walls are suitable for your boiler?
If you’re planning on getting a wall-hung boiler (which most boilers are), it’s also important to identify which walls in your home are suitable to mount it on.
One thing you need to consider is strength. Some internal walls in your home may not be strong enough to hold up a boiler, so it’s best to pick an external wall that’s sure to have structural integrity.
It’s also worth thinking about flue access. Wherever you put your boiler, there needs to be a clear pathway for your flue from your boiler to the outside. Building regulations give strict specifications on how far away the flue end must be from windows, air bricks and other elements, so it’s important to bear these in mind too.
Generally speaking, an external wall is usually the best new boiler location in terms of strength and flue access. But if you’re set on an internal wall you still could be in luck – your boiler installer will be able to give you advice when they come to fit your new model.
3. Who needs to access your boiler and when?
Access is vital to think about when you’re picking your new boiler location. Firstly, you need to be able to control your new boiler easily. Thanks to easy-to-use heating controls and smart thermostats you probably won’t need to access your actual boiler to control it on a daily basis. But you’ll probably still need to get to it occasionally, so make sure this is possible without too much faff.
What’s even more important is that a boiler engineer can access your boiler. They’ll need to do this at least once a year to give it its annual service, and perhaps more if you experience any issues with your boiler or central heating system. If a professional has to work hard to access your boiler they might end up having to charge you more in terms of labour time. And if they can’t get to it at all then they won’t be able to service it and you’ll have an unusable boiler on your hands. So, be careful to ensure that the new boiler location you pick is easily accessible for both you and a boiler engineer.
4. How noisy is your boiler?
Don’t forget to consider noise too when you’re looking at new boiler locations. Technology has come a long way, so it’s unlikely that any new boiler you get will be deafening when it’s running on full blast. However, they can still be loud enough to notice or disrupt your sleep, so think about this carefully when you’re considering your new boiler location.
Putting your boiler in an airing cupboard or in the loft can be a great way to save space and tuck your boiler away. But if this means it’s either above or close to a bedroom, this could cause you sleeping problems or make your home difficult to sell. Likewise, putting your boiler on your kitchen wall might seem like the best idea, but if its regular humming will get on your nerves it’s probably not the best decision.
If you know that boiler noise might be a problem for you, try to install your new boiler in a utility room or a well-insulated cupboard. It’s also worth considering boilers that are specifically designed to make as little noise as possible, like Vaillant’s Quiet Mark-accredited models.
A new boiler is a big investment, so it’s worth spending time and effort on considering where to put it. Thinking about how much space it takes up and how noisy it is, plus the best walls and accessible places for your boiler, will help you find a new boiler location that works for you.Evy Coe | 23 Oct, 2018
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