Choosing where to fit a boiler

When fitting a domestic boiler the kitchen is by far the most popular location, with many manufacturers now advertising their boilers as fitting into a standard kitchen cupboard. While the kitchen is usually the obvious place to fit a boiler, homes in the UK are getting smaller, so it's worth thinking about other options. Fitting a boiler in another room could be a good way to free up some extra space in the kitchen.

When choosing a location to install the boiler it's important to pay attention to the required clearances for the sides, top and bottom of the boiler as specified by the manufacturer. The homeowner may have a location in mind for the boiler but it's important for the installer to check how practical that may be. Future maintenance should be considered, an engineer will need to access the boiler to carry out services, maintenance and/or repairs. Occasionally the homeowner/occupant may also need to access the boiler to change settings or check the boiler if there's a fault.

Acceptable locations will also depend on the length and path of the flue as well as the position of the flue terminal. Modern flue and plume displacement kits are a lot more versatile, allowing more locations to be considered. However, while it is possible to extend a boiler’s flue using these kits, each boiler will have a maximum flue length specified by the manufacturer that must be adhered to.

  • If the boiler is fitted in the same room as a bath or a shower, then the current I.E.E. Wiring Regulations and the Building Regulations must be referenced. The boiler may need to be fitted within a cabinet.
  • If the boiler is fitted in a cold location such as a garage or loft, then the installer should make sure the boiler has frost protection and that pipes are well insulated.

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