In many cases, when you are having a new boiler installed, it goes in the same place as the old one. But if you are changing the type of boiler or want to relocate it, this can be done. There are some rules about where a new boiler should be installed to ensure you are safe and it works effectively
Choosing a wall location
For starters, the boiler always needs to be located on a wall that is strong enough to hold it. This will often be an external wall as these are part of the structure of your home and tend to be made in the sturdiest way. This ensures top safety concerns are covered – that the boiler doesn’t come loose and spread hot water around the house.
You will often also need for the flue to pass outside the house easily and this is best done when it is located on an external wall. This is part of the Building Regulations that states a minimum legal distance that the flue must also be from windows, air bricks and other crucial elements.
The other main consideration is the condensation pipe that removes the liquid used to condense gases cooling within the boiler. Usually, this is discharged into the internal home drainage system as if the pipe is outside, there is always the chance it can freeze during winter and stop the heating system.
Easy access to the rest of your property
You always want to consider the access to the location for the boiler when it comes time to maintain it or if there is a problem. Boiler engineers need to be able to easily get to the boiler and access all the parts of it to deal with problems and to service it. But you can put the boiler in a cupboard, as long as it is big enough for someone to get in to do the work so a walk-in bedroom cupboard, for example, is fine.
While most boilers are located within the house, you can sometimes have them placed in a garage or an outhouse, depending on the nature of the property. You will want to have extra protection against the cold weather for this type of location as the boiler will be more susceptible than it would when in the house.
You can also place the boiler in a bathroom or kitchen if you want. There are some regulations about the wiring and how it needs to be protected against the steam and moisture of these rooms and there are some locations within the rooms where you can’t put a boiler. You can read the I.E.E Wiring Regulations and Building Regulations about this topic or simply talk to a heating engineer who will assess the location for you.
Working with an expert
We are a Bristol boiler company who can offer advice on what type of boiler you need and where it should be located to help make the most of your heating system. If you want to talk to an expert about moving or replacing your boiler, contact us today.