If you’re adding a new heating system to your home, you’ll need to find a boiler installation company to handle the job. Boilers are both central heating systems (designed to heat a home using heating systems in each room) and hot water systems (designed to provide hot water to all areas of a home at once). So, you may be wondering what a boiler is, and what type you need for your specific home.
Boiler installation procedure
There are a lot of more steps involved when installing a brand-new boiler compared to replacing one that’s already making use of a similar style. As an example, there were only as many steps involved in installing a like-for-like combi boiler as a combi boiler with a whole-system setup.In addition, the installment can be arranged in another place besides the loft or garage, if needed.
In the same way, every boiler installation process involves 3 steps.
1. Removing the old boiler
A heating engineer needs to finish the installation of the new system before installing your old one. You can make this easier for them by clearing out the space around your boiler and ensuring they have easy and safe access to it. If your boiler is located in the attic, it should be accessible from a set of stairs and a well-lit walkway, and the room should be large enough to store the new boiler.
For a more complicated boiler fitting or relocation, the heating engineer may need to disconnect old piping and radiators, so the new boiler can be installed.
2. New boiler installation
Once the old boiler has been taken out and any old piping is taken out, the heating system engineer can set your new boiler and carry out any pipework needed. The amount of work involved in this phase can vary greatly, particularly if your boiler is being immediately replaced by an identical one.
3. New boiler product tour
After having installed your new boiler and ensured that it has been installed correctly, the heating engineer will then give you a product tour. This covers the controls your radiator has, what features the boiler offers, and ways to set schedules dictating when your boiler will be on or off.
When the heating service technician is with you, don’t forget to ask any questions you have about the new boiler features. This is a great opportunity to identify the model productively and get your answers.
Following boiler installation
To protect the warranty of your new apparatus, be certain you have a certificate of Building Regulations Compliance for your boiler installed and use it to verify the agreement you just had with your heating engineer. Nearly all manufacturers need this done within 30 days of installation.
To keep your warranty valid, you must get your boiler serviced by a Gas Safe-authorized technician every year. This includes them inspecting the boiler in detail, ensuring the flue pipe is correct, checking the gas pressure, and observing how the boiler performs while in operation.
What is needed for fitting a boiler?
It is not advisable to fit a boiler on your own, so it is vital to get a Gas Safe registered heating engineer (OFTEC for oil boilers) do it for you in the first place. This is at least all you will need for a boiler to be installed and functioning, and, if necessary, a heating engineer will typically source you the right components and boiler to get your job done.
If you want to source a boiler yourself to reduce costs, you can, but you will still need to have the boiler installed by a Gas Safe registered heating engineer.
How long does it take to fit a boiler?
A boiler installation could take between one day and 3 days, depending on the size of the installation. More complex installs will leave more labor for the installation contractor, as well, so you should consider the cost of relocating a boiler if you’re planning an installation.
In summary, Before you order a boiler, check the room for adequate ventilation. If there isn’t, the boiler could overheat. The boiler should be situated far from any safety hazards. If you book a plumber, make sure he or she arrives with the parts needed for the boiler, particularly any fittings, pipework, and gas connectors. The boiler should be professionally installed by a Gas Safe registered technician.