Are you thinking about whether it might be right to relocate your combi boiler?
Maybe you’d like to make use of a bit of extra space in your home, or just want to know what’s possible in terms of relocating your boiler. Maybe you’re just curious about why you’d want to, and what the benefits are.
The good news is, people do it all the time – for a number of reasons. As an experienced engineer, I’ve helped homeowners relocate their combi boiler to various recesses, cupboards, attics, garages, basements and utility rooms throughout the years.
So, below are three of the main reasons why people relocate their combi boiler.
1. The distance to your bathroom or kitchen
If your combi is located too far away from your bathroom or kitchen, you may have a problem in that the hot water can feel like it takes an age to come through. The answer to that problem is, of course, fitting your boiler a bit closer.
One of my clients had their combi fitted in the cellar, which meant it was out of the way, but also that they had the exact same problem above. Their bathroom was right at the far end of the property. This meant the water had to run 20 metres to get through.
I managed to improve this situation for him by moving his boiler to the kitchen. This gave him instant hot water, making him one happy homeowner! I could tell you countless other examples of how relocating the boiler helped solve this issue.
2. Your boiler’s too noisy in its current location
If you’re one of those poor, unfortunate souls whose boiler is located in a bedroom cupboard, I feel for you. I really do. There’s nothing more annoying than getting woken up every time the boiler comes on, or when your partner is awake before you and taking a shower. After all, nobody likes being rudely awoken at 6am by lousy mechanical noises, do they?
Instead, you could opt to get your boiler relocated to your kitchen, utility room, or storage cupboard elsewhere in the house. This means you’ll be able to get more of that all-important beauty sleep!
3. Your altering your home and need to reroute pipework
Finally, if you’re fitting an extension in our home and creating a new kitchen, dining room or utility area – or if the boiler’s location is just getting in the way of your lovely new extension – it’s possible you may need to reroute your pipework through the house.
Perhaps you’re just thinking of remodelling, and wish to stick your boiler somewhere out the way, such as the attic, garage or basement.
Advice from an experienced engineer
Thinking of remodelling/fitting an extension to your home and don’t know what your options are with regards to moving your boiler? Best thing to do is start researching. You should also speak to a couple of engineers. However, always explain to them you’re in the early stages, and just looking for advice.
Most reputable engineers will be happy to listen, give some advice and talk you through your options. After it, it will still mean they’ll get the work, maybe just not right away.
I had one customer based up in Rankin Drive, Edinburgh. He was building an extension on the side of his house where the flue came through from the old boiler. This meant the boiler had to be relocated. He already had all the brickwork built, and had to relocate all the pipes to the new location.
Almost everything was done, apart from the boiler being on the wall. The roof went on, the old boiler was decommissioned, and it was going to be 3 – 4 days before we could fit the new boiler. Luckily, we worked quite tightly with the builders and deadlines. The customer appreciated this, as he had young kids and didn’t want to be without heating or hot water for too long.
I hope you’ve found this blog helpful when discovering the reasons why you might want to relocate your boiler. Perhaps some of the above points have struck home. There are so many possibilities when moving the location of your boiler, that it might be worth speaking to an engineer to go through your options.
Do you have any other questions about how you’d relocate your combi boiler? Let me know in the comments’ section. I promise to respond!