With a small minority of householders still using a back boiler, the only way of getting rid of it is to change the whole boiler system. Most people opt for a combi boiler due to lack of storage space for water tanks and good high water pressure. Some people think that you can just rip out the back boiler and replace it as simple as that. Unfortunately you can’t as you need to change piping and the plumbing as well. If you are purchasing a home with a back boiler, bear in mind that it will cost a minimum of £2000 to have a new heating system installed. The cost of replacing a backboiler will depend on what kind of heating system you decide to go with.
Are back boilers safe?
As long as back boilers are serviced annually then it is as safe as it can be. Make sure that there are carbon monoxide detectors as this could go on unnoticed for some time before anyone would know there is a problem. As back boilers are no longer an ideal source of heating, there aren’t that many people who are qualified to service them let alone wanting anything to do with them. You may find that getting someone to service a 30 year old boiler is quite a challenge. If this is the case, then ask neighbours as some of them are bound to still have a back boiler and get a qualified CORGI registered serviceman to check it over annually.
Box up back boiler
Most people would like to get rid of their back boilers because they are hideous. You have to work around them and pretty much all of them are brown. The only thing you can do to cover up this eye sore is to ‘box it up’. Boxing up will not only make your back boiler unnoticeable but you can also blend it in with your home decor. The only regulation that applies to boxing up boilers is that there is 50 mm gap all around the boiler. The gap is needed for ventilation and allows fresh air to flow all arond the boiler.
If your back boiler is in the living room as most of them are, you can also paint it the same colour or use the same wallpaper as there is behind to blend it in. Remember to choose carefully how you box it up as you will need to be able to access it in future for cleaning, servicing or on a cold rainy day when you could use the extra heat from the fireplace that it has.