If you’ve got a condemned fire and back boiler, you’ve got a problem. They’re open flued and very inefficient. They’re big, they’re clunky and they can be dangerous. They’re also obsolete and impossible to get parts for.
What Does It Mean That Your fire & back Boiler’s Been Condemned?
It means a boiler safety inspector has conducted a safety check and your boiler doesn’t meet current codes of practice. It also means your boiler could be dangerous or is not combusting properly, which can lead to fumes and emissions floating about in your house.
You can purchase a modern a rated room-sealed fire & back boiler appliance to be fitted in place of your old fire & back boiler. the boiler will be gas but the fire will be electric not gas. But keep in mind this process is going to require rebuilding and redecorating, and in general is quite costly.
Another option …
Another option would be to replace your back boiler with a combi boiler. You could situate your combi boiler someplace else throughout your home– the kitchen, the cupboard, the garage or someplace like that.
You could then decommission the back boiler and leave the fire working. Keeping your existing fireplace. This option wouldn’t require much if any redecorating or construction. So it would save you money and aggravation.
A Hole in Your Living Room
The thing about replacing back boilers is that most of the time they’re situated in your living room. So if you’re considering having it removed and replaced, you’ll also need to consider the work it’s going to take to fill the gaping hole that’s left once the FIRE & BACK boiler is removed.
You’ll want to purchase a new A-rated energy efficient boiler and have it set up someplace in your home. You’ll also probably need to have a new fireplace built, including fire surround and hearth.
The good news with this option is that after replacing your back boiler you’ll have a brand new A-rated, energy efficient boiler and shiny new fireplace that will increase the value of your home and save you money on your energy bill.
The bad news is this will cost a small fortune and be a major construction project, which is stressful and irritating.
Work only with gas safe registered engineers; get a fixed price quotation, not an estimate. Never pay cash, or cash up front, and take your time when considering your options.
This is a big project, but you do have options, some more creative than others, and some more expensive and time consuming than others, but they are options.
IF YOU REMEMBER ONE THING FROM THIS ARTICLE!
Remember this … Replacing a back boiler can seem overwhelming. So take the time to review all your options with an experienced heating engineer. Don’t be afraid to be a little creative either; it’s a great way to save money. You might also look on the bright side, if you’ve got the money to spend, why not view this as an opportunity to improve your home?