Back Boiler Removal
Being so old, having inadequate modern facilities, higher maintenance cost and government regulations back boilers are on the verge of their extinction.
Removing a back boiler and replacing it with a modern combi boiler could save you a lot of money.
Nowadays, people are finding a type of boiler to replace boilers.
Whatever your causes are, you need to remove your old back boilers. Removing back boilers with a gas fire will cause health benefits and ensure you are gas safe.
Old Back boilers are Illegal.
Old back boilers with gas fires as central heating systems are now illegal.
If you really loved your gas fire and back boiler, it is legal to have a new one fitted as long as the old back boiler is removed and replaced.
What is a back boiler
A back boiler is an old central heating system that was popular decades ago to heat homes and provided hot water.
They are no longer efficient, and now we have A-Rated boilers available to purchase that are much easier to run and manage.
Working process of a back boiler and Gas Fire:
A back boiler works in a different process.
It took place beside a gas fireplace.
Coldwater goes in and goes out as a hot water output.
Back boilers need a close attachment to the fireplace.
Coldwater storage tank and hot water tanks are needed separately.
After getting cold water, the boiler starts the process to heat the water.
Using a central heating system, a back boiler required radiators to heat the home.
An electric pump is usually to supply the hot water around the radiators.
Why do you need to remove your old back boiler?
Old Back boilers are no longer safe, which is why they are illegal.
The conventional or old boilers have less efficiency, more energy consumption and expensive maintenance.
If you are asking yourself if old back boilers are expensive to run, your answer is yes yes yes!!
On the other hand, modern boilers (system boiler, conventional boiler and Combi boiler etc.) come with all modern facilities and safety.
You need to replace your back boiler or remove it.
You can replace it with a new back boiler or convert to a combi, system or heat only boiler.
Process of Removing a Back Boiler
To remove a back boiler, you need an expert, gas safe registered engineer.
Removing a Back Boiler:
We do not recommend removing your back boiler by yourself unless you really know what you are doing.
You can get experts or engineers from repairing or seller agencies.
- Make a hole into the back boiler to make it waterless.
- Cut the pipes connected to the cylinders or tanks.
It seems your old back boiler is now almost disconnected from all functions.
Be cautious that, still a little or little more amount of water can be spattered; even in some cases you can see a flow of water.
It won’t be so high; one or two medium-size buckets can be enough to collect the water.
Back Boiler Removal Costs
In a nutshell, you can expect to pay upwards of £3000 in back boiler removal costs. However, as with all purchases, the figure will change depending on the new system you install.
Because you’ll be replacing with a new boiler, this procedure is often called a system upgrade.
Remove back boiler and replace with combi boiler
In this case, you’ll be decommissioning your back boiler for a new combi boiler. This is a widespread system upgrade and one that’ll improve the efficiency of your home tenfold.
With this upgrade, you can expect to pay around £3000. However, do remember that it would depend on the specific boiler.
Back Boiler Removal Grant
In some cases, there may be funding available to individuals and homeowners who are in financial hardship. The trouble with these, however, is that Government Grants come and go. If there is one available now, it doesn’t guarantee it’ll be available later.
It’s best to check out sites like Money Supermarket which keep an up to date tally on the current grants and financial assistance available.
Saying this, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) offers a scheme to help low-income households keep bills down. The grant is means-tested and designed to help those in need. For more information, see here.
If you don’t meet the means-tested eligibility, our second recommendation is to utilise finance and spread the cost over time. This makes back boiler replacement more affordable even if you aren’t able to access a grant.
Why back boilers removal causes a mess
As the components of the back boiler are closely installed to the fireplace and fitted to the floor, during its removal it will cause a little destruction in the whole space, it was installed.
If you have a new boiler and you don’t need your back boiler anymore, then it will be easier for you to remove your boiler.
You just need to remove your boiler, not the fireplace.
If you want to replace the fireplace and whole back boiler, this will be harder for you, make a little more mess and incur a higher cost.
You can keep the original fireplace and run it off electric or gas to save money.
Back Boiler Legislation
In the last decade, back boilers have got many barriers.
The UK Government has declared a few regulations.
Back boilers which have been updated to new back boilers are still allowed, old back boiler usage is illegal. The gas fire with the old back boiler is still allowed to be used.
How much mess back boilers removal can create
The back boiler, it’s flue and gas fire – all will be removed unless you want to keep the back boiler fireplace.
Removing the gas fireplace and replacing it with an electric fire could cost you more in the short term but less in the long term.
So, creating a mess is normal while removing a back boiler.
Get prepared to handle a small amount of untidiness whilst it gets removed.
In the case of removing the total fireplace and back boiler system, more dirt will be created at home.
Some of the below may happen when decommissioning a back boiler:
- Damage to the floor: Your floor will be damaged due to taking the components out of the back boiler.
- Having wastage of pipe: Back boiler installation need a remarkable amount of pipework. During removal of the old back boiler, the pipework will be uprooted. A lot of rubbish will be created for uprooting pipework.
- Dirty water: One or two buckets of dirty water can come out from the pipework.
- Dust and rubbish: Dust and small pieces of brick will spread out widely. Remove your floor carpet and keep necessary things away from the workplace.
It must be said however that you will not look back and you probably will wish you replaced the back boiler much sooner.
The mess caused by the back boiler conversion is temporary, and the installer/s will clean most of it up for you.
You can get a back boiler replacement for as little as £17 per month.