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The Do’s and Don'ts of Boiler Installation

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Alex, Staff Writer

Thursday, 18 February 2021

As the life and soul of your home’s heating system, the installation of a new boiler is one of the most important home improvements you can make. Although the process of boiler installation is fairly common, it’s something that should be carried out with full care and attention to both the safety of the installer and the safe installation itself.

Usually carried out by a professional, installing a boiler can be a hazardous task and should usually be done by a fully qualified heating engineer. Even if you take this route, knowing which company to employ and how much to pay can be a little bit of a task. Let us take you through the dos and don’ts of boiler installation and all that goes with it.     

Can I install my own boiler?

Even if you feel you have the capabilities to install your own boiler, it is not advisable. Boilers should only be installed by a qualified professional, who has both the experience and the license to know how to do so safely. If you are not on the safe gas register, you can be prosecuted for attempting to fit your own boiler in the first place.

Safety measures should be taken extremely seriously when fitting a boiler. Unlike any other plumbing projects, you are less likely to get a face full of water and more likely to release a deadly gas into the home. Using a fully qualified, gas safe registered contractor will not only be far safer; it will also provide you with better results.

How much does Boiler Installation cost?

The cost of a boiler in a home can vary from home to home. The total cost of installing a boiler will depend on factors such as the type of boiler, e.g. a combi boiler or a system boiler. Boilers in older homes will also cost far more as they will have to be converted from older out of date systems to modern and safer designs.

The time it takes to install the boiler can also affect how much you will end up paying for the installation. If your housing circumstance means the boiler installation will take longer, the price will inevitably rise. Choosing the best company for installing a boiler can ensure you get the best price for the job - using a comparison site like Bark can aid you in finding the right one. 

Can a plumber install a boiler? 

While you may normally associate boilers with the work of plumbers, a general plumber will carry out work on heating systems such as radiators and pipework but will not be qualified to fit a gas boiler. The installation of a boiler should only be carried out by a trained heating engineer and one registered with qualifications and licences from the gas safety board. This final point about licences from the gas safety board is the most important one and goes for plumbers or all heating engineers.

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