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Moving an OIL boiler

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Roberto2019, 27 Jul 2021.

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  1. Roberto2019

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    Evening All.

    As part of an extension (self) build, my boiler, which is oil fired, needs moving.

    Am I able to do this myself?

    It is a standard worcester danesmoor oil boiler (non condensing, year 2000) The piping is very simple, and not being moved very far, so I could easily do that myself. The oil supply pipe would then need to be rerouted - again very easy.

    The bigger job is the flue, which currently goes up the chimney. A new flue will be needed, which goes up the side of the house. As it's not a condensing boiler, again I think that makes things easier as just a bog standard new flue can be used.

    Is this doable, or is a professional essential? Will building control sign off on my extension if I do it myself or does it need certifying?

    I know someone will suggest getting a new boiler as this is an old one, but I've read that these older ones last forever and are very simple so that is an expense I could do without.

    Many thanks.
     
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    A non condensing boiler would not comply so think in this case you would have to replace it

    As you are not Oftec registered you would have to notify building control in advance (no probs as they presumably are already involved) and you will most likely have to get an Oftec engineer to commission it and issue his CD11. I have done this a few times but am now Oftec registered so have no need to
     
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    A new installation I could understand making it compulsory to upgrade to a condensing boiler, but surely moving it a few feet across the floor does not trigger a mandatory upgrade?..!
     
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    I think a removal and reinstallstion is classed as a new install. Otherwise everyone would be fitting second hand boilers to circumvent the regs
     
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    The issue you will have is any decent engineer won’t recommission your old boiler as it won’t comply, and by that you wouldn’t have the required paperwork to satisfy building control.
     
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    Its going to have to be a new boiler and will have to be commissioned , by an OFTEC engineer, or keep the original boiler in place until it fails .
     
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    Many thanks for the replies.

    Just to play devil's advocate here then, how far would it have to be moved before it is classed as a new install? Would a 5cm move result in having a new boiler? Is it changing the pipework that is the trigger? Or the flue? What if the pipework was changed but the boiler wasn't even moved? When is the line crossed?

    Thanks
     
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    The requirement to significantly alter and relocate the flue would do it for me, but the combination of having to re-do everything definitely makes it a new install
     
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    I know a lot of folks who have moved a boiler and said nothing about it,not strictly legal but still been done. The main prob is the flue but if it’s not a combi then put in a heat only houndsfield they ain’t big bucks and good boilers. Bob
     
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