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Back Boiler Replacement Guide – Costs, Options & Prices

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As UK homeowner’s are becoming aware of the benefits of as combi boiler, gas back boiler replacements are becoming more popular. This guide will provide you will all the relevant information related to replacing your back boiler.

If you can relate to the following questions, you’ve found the right guide.

  • Do you need back boiler replacement services?
  • Is your back boiler breaking down?
  • Do you need a new boiler? Remember, you can’t replace it with another back boiler! Try a combi, system or regular boiler.
  • Do you have a back boiler heating system which now needs changing to a combi boiler or system boiler but you don’t know which?

What is a Back Boiler?

A back boiler is a central heating system which was used to supply heating and hot water in the 1960s. Situated behind a fireplace, it does not matter if you had a gas fire or electric fire.

Back boilers were designed to be kept out of sight because most people thought they were unsightly. In the 1960’s most people didn’t want a boiler to bring the groove down in their home’s décor.

One of the most popular back boilers were the Baxi Back Boilers. Baxi Bermuda back boilers were a very popular choice. The back boiler was the pinnacle of heating systems heating thousands of UK homes

Why Do I Need To Replace My Gas Back Boiler?

Due to health and safety reasons, the back boiler is no longer legal to manufacture. Designed to be cheap, compact and hidden away, Back boilers are very inefficient compared to new modern efficient boilers. It is possible to still keep a gas or electric fire which was with the back boiler to keep the costs down.

Back boilers can just suddenly shut down with little warning. Invest in a new boiler to avoid no heating and hot water. Nowadays, heating engineers may not train to fix back boilers. So, getting a replacement combi boiler would set you for the future. Especially if your boiler is not working at the moment.

If you need to trade your back boiler for something more efficient and modern, let’s take a closer look at your boiler replacement options.

Replacing a Back Boiler – Your Options

If you still have a back boiler you should start to think about replacing it. We strongly advise to get a new boiler system. Mainly for health and safety reasons.

You have three options when replacing your back boiler. You can either upgrade to a regular boiler, system boiler or a combi boiler. Combi boilers are the perfect replacement for back boilers and are very cost-effective whilst featuring high efficiency. With a new combi, system or regular boiler your fuel bills will drop tremendously and so will your carbon emissions. We strongly advise, to replace your back boiler with a combi boiler due to the benefits.

All three options have their pros and cons, which is an argument for another day! The good news is your new boiler replacement will ensure some substantial savings!

An engineer will place a new boiler in a kitchen or airing cupboard. Rather than behind the gas fire like the old back boiler service. We are sure the extra savings and extra-efficiency savings over-ride the upset of the kitchen storage!

Make sure that you research the best combi boiler for your home and use a company like Boiler Central who offer the longest boiler warranties available.

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Replacement Back Boiler Costs

To replace and remove a gas back boiler is not cheap or simple. Boiler replacement cost is high, but, it will guarantee to save you money in the long term.

The construction work and back boiler replacement can cost around £3,000 to £4,500. Don’t panic! We offer payment plans with 0% interest or to pay over 5 or 10 years.

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The short-term cost of replacing or decommissioning your gas back boiler might seem expensive, but it really will make your monthly/ annual energy bills reduce tremendously.

Whether you decide to replace your back boiler to one of the best combi boiler or best system boilers, you can save money on your energy bills. You will have a more efficient heating system with better performance. Plus, the peace of mind in knowing your heating system won’t suddenly shut down without warning.  

If you need help finding a new cheap boiler then get a fixed price online now. Megaflo boilers are quite popular at the moment, but these are not suitable for every home. You can get a fixed and final price online of a boiler replacement with Boiler Central within 20 seconds below:

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Back Boiler Replacement & Removal

Here we discuss removing and replacing your gas back boiler. After reading the information above you may decided you want to remove your back boiler and replace with a combi boiler.

Replacing your gas back boiler will not be the easiest of tasks. Getting behind your fireplace to remove and replace a back boiler is often going to be quite destructive work. There may be some damage to your home. In most cases, your fire mantle and at least some of the flooring will need to be removed.

When replacing your gas back boiler the whole back boiler will need to be removed. After new boiler installation, combi or conventional, you may need new pipework.

Decommissioning a Back Boiler

By decommissioning a back boiler, it won’t actually be removed from behind the fireplace. Decommission effectively means it will disconnect from its source of power/energy. It will remain behind your fireplace gathering dust out of use.

To decommission your old back boiler, engineers will need to get behind your fireplace, which means you will likely have some damage to your fireplace and carpet. Prepare to make repairs afterwards.

However, decommissioning your back boiler instead of removing and replacing it, will save you money. Savings will depend on who is doing the work and what exactly needs doing. On average, you can expect a boiler decommissioning to cost around £3000. We have payment plans available when replacing back boilers, don’t worry.

Before making a bold decision, decommissioning might not always be an option. Always speak to one of our Gas Safe heating engineer who will decide whether it can be safely done.

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