If you have decided to get a new boiler, how long will the installation take is most likely one of the many questions in your mind?
In this brief and straightforward guide, we will tell you the average timescale you can expect for varying boiler installation scenarios with the aim of helping you organize your time accordingly.
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So, How Long Does it Take to Install a Boiler?
A new boiler installation tends to take between 1 and 3 days on average depending on the project’s complexity. Also, you need to set aside time for the survey appointment, which takes place before the installation. During this time, the surveyor will discuss with you the home and heating needs, to ensure that you get a suitable boiler.
Types of Survey
Usually, there are two types of survey appointments:
1. Video Survey
This is a fast and easy option for those who prefer having their survey done electronically. All you need to is get the survey app and the experts will guide you through the entire process. This includes assessing your current system, heating as well as hot water needs.
2. In-Home Survey
In this form of appointment, the surveyor will visit your property and assess the current heating system, including the bathrooms, gas meter, boiler, etc. They will also ask about your needs for hot water as well as heating.
After every survey, you’ll be given a quote for the new installation.
The Installation Complexity
The time spent in your boiler installation will heavily depend on the job’s complexity as well as the amount of labor needed. Ideally, this will affect the cost. That being said, here are a few examples of how complicated some of these installations can be:
1. Same Location Straight Swap
Also referred to as like for like swap, this kind of installation entails replacing the current boiler with a system of the same kind. This is obviously the fastest kind of installation as it calls for minimal change and only takes a day to complete.
2. Boiler Relocation
Choosing a varying location for the new boiler installation can prolong the installation process. The engineer may have to change the current pipework or cap the existing one as well as install new components to the new location. When it comes to boiler relocation, you can expect the entire process to take two days.
It is imperative to note that the further the location, the longer the installation will take and it is also likely to raise the cost.
3. System Upgrade
Some people choose to completely change their type of boiler. For instance, changing from a conventional boiler to a combi type is considered a system upgrade.
Combi boilers are the most popular types of boilers in the United Kingdom and so, it is not uncommon to see people opt for this kind of system.
A system upgrade is likely to make the installation last up to three days, depending on the job’s complexity. Even though it seems like a long process, it’s important to consider the benefits of getting a more efficient boiler.
Picking a suitable system will give you all the heating and hot water your household needs. Ideally, it will save money on your bills as you will have a more energy-efficient system.
Other Factors Worth Considering
1. Installing Smart Control
Nowadays, smart thermostats have become increasingly popular in the United Kingdom thanks to their innovative features as well as ease of use. Smart thermostats allow you to control your home’s heating from anywhere using your phone, tablet, etc.
These gadgets ideally have the ability to learn your central heating habits and adjust themselves accordingly for daily use.
2. Upgrading the Gas Mains
If you have an older boiler, the pipework may not be ideal for the new system you’re looking forward to. If the size of the gas installation pipework does not match the requirements for the new boiler, it will have to be replaced. This work could take an engineer a few several hours depending on the job’s complexity.
3. System Powerflush
A deep clean meant to eliminate any debris, sludge, or rust out of the central heating system can help ascertain your new boiler functions optimally and as efficiently as possible.
This entails sending a chemically infused liquid at high velocity through the pipes and radiators. This is a process that could take half a day to complete.
And there you have it, important considerations to make when installing a new boiler.