How Much Does It Cost To Remove A Hot Water Tank?

James Elston
Written by James Elston
Updated on 21st September 2023
Posted on 20th September 2023
Topic: Boiler Costs
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Hot water tank removal costs, timescales & process guide

hot water tank removal

Cost to remove water tank We’ll be looking at the average price to remove a water tank, as well as how to dispose of it. We will also discuss the cost of installing a combi boiler, and the cost of removing a tank. 

All our fixed boiler conversion prices include the removal of hot and cold water tanks

In this article, we will hopefully be able to tell you where your hard-earned money will be going in terms of what is the cost of removing a hot water tank and is it worth it?

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What is the cost of removing a hot water tank? 

The cost of removing a cold water tank and the cost of installing a new combi boiler and removing a hot water tank can vary slightly depending on what amount of work is required from the Gas Safe engineer.

A hot water cylinder is a fixture in most homes that provides hot water and it can be used to provide hot water for multiple outlets at the same time. A system boiler with a hot water tank may be the solution to your problems if you own a larger property that is struggling to meet its hot water needs.

However, if you have a smaller home with a hot water cylinder, you may want to remove it to make space, which is more than acceptable.

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Who can remove a hot water tank?

The hot water cylinders can be used for many years and should only need to be replaced if they start to leak or when you upgrade to a larger one. For an experienced professional, replacing a hot water tank is simple. However, for DIYers, it can be more difficult than it seems.

You should hire a qualified plumber if you feel that more work is necessary than you can handle. This article will discuss how much it costs for a hot water cylinder to be replaced, how that affects the cost, how to save money, and what it takes to replace a hot cylinder.

You can read on to learn everything you need about removing your hot water cylinder and the costs involved.

Cost of removing the water tank

When upgrading to a heating system, you will need to get rid of your old water tank. If your water tank is leaking or old, you may need to replace it. If older water tanks contain hazardous materials, such as lead or asbestos, it is possible to have them removed. 

It is necessary to remove older water tanks that are made from hazardous materials (i.e. lead or asbestos). This guide will show you how much it costs to remove a water tank. We will also discuss the costs of installing a combi boiler, as well as removing the water tank. 

If you have an open vent boiler or conventional boiler then you should have both a hot water tank and cold water tank which can mean extra costs.

Tank Removal typeCost
Cold water storage tank£290
Unvented hot water tank£200
Vented hot water tank£200
Copper hot water cylinder£200
Replacing a hot water tank£1,000
Boiler replacement with a new hot water cylinder£3,000

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What is the cost of removing a water tank? 

It all depends on the location of the tank and its accessibility as the harder a tank is to get to, the longer it is likely to take. Things like this affect other parts like the cost of a boiler flue if they are in awkward positions too.

 It can be difficult to remove water tanks because they are heavy and bulky. It can be particularly difficult to remove water tanks if they are up in the loft, some people just disconnect them and leave them there as they are usually made of plastic and if empty will not cause any problems. If you do want to remove the tank completely to create more space, then there is the cost of disposing of or scrapping the tank. 

You should include this in your price, but make sure you ask before you pay. The cost of removing the tank is around £250 to £300 and this should also include the cost includes cleaning up the copper piping. You should always use a qualified Gas Safe heating engineer.

Call a professional like a Gas Safe registered engineer to have your hot water tank removed. It can cost anywhere from £ 150 to £250 depending on whether the tank is being removed or replaced. Remember if you are getting a new tank, this will be an added expense too.

Cost to install a combi boiler, and to remove the old tank.

You can expect to spend around £3,000 for replacing your heating system with a more efficient combi boiler, and also to remove the old tank. If you are wanting to also relocate your boiler, then you may also need to take into consideration the cost of moving a boiler too.

The complexity of the job and whether it is easy or hard to access will affect the final cost. If you think this is too much, why not just consider insulating your hot water tank more to keep running costs down instead?

The cost of the job can also depend on where you are located but we have given you a rough average and we always suggest that you compare boiler quotes.

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Before doing this, however, you may want to look into what the best combi boiler is for you and what the boiler installation process may be like. Boiler Central offer great deals on new combi boilers with installation fee included, whereas Boiler Central also hold that to a high standard.

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Written by
James Elston
James Elston Director Of Boiler Central
Posted on: 20th September 2023
Topic: Boiler Costs

James Elston is our resident boiler replacement and heating expert here at Boiler Central. With over 20 years experience in the boiler installation industry, James ensures that he knows everything there is about our Gas Safe boiler installations, energy saving and home heating solutions. This can be from simply procuring the latest best combi boilers, to reviewing and ensuring that Boiler Central maintains the highest standards across our boiler installation company.

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