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Are Back Boilers Now Illegal? 2022

Are back boilers now illegal

Are back boilers now illegal

Are Back Boilers Now Illegal? 2022

Old Back Boilers are not illegal!

Old Baxi Bermuda back boilers with gas fires as central heating systems are not illegal too.

You can continue to use them as long as they are still working correctly.

You can opt  to replace it with a new back boiler but they are considered old fashioned now and are very hard to source.






If your property has a back boiler that’s either given up or you simply want a more modern heating system, most professionals will advise you to upgrade to a combi boiler.

You could even not have to pay for this too as there are grants available from the government who want everyone to upgrade to a more efficient way of heating or change to renewable heating.

Apply now to upgrade your old Baxi Bermuda back boiler to a brand new combi.  100% FREE !


Who Is Eligible For A Back Boiler Removal  Grant ?


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To be eligible for the backboiler grant, you must meet the following requirements:

  • All applicants must be homeowners.
  • Have a back boiler fitted behind their gas fire.
  • Must be receiving a qualifying benefit (Housing Benefit, Income Support etc) or on a Low Income below £31000

What Is Included In The Back Boiler Removal Grant?

If you are found to be  eligible for this grant you will receive:

✅A Brand new combi boiler fitted on the wall

✅Your old backboiler capped off and  removed from the chimney breast

✅All pipe work upgraded and rerouted

✅A 2 year Warranty

✅New controls and programmer



Why Should You Upgrade Your Back Boiler?



✅ The Government Is Giving 100% Grants To Upgrade To A Combi

✅ If  You Qualify For A Grant Your New Combi Boiler Will Be  100% FREE !

✅  This Grant Is Worth Over £3000 If You Had To Pay Privately

✅ You Will Reduce Your Energy Bills By Up To £300 Per Year

✅ You Will Add Lots Of Value To Your Home

✅ You Can Have An Up To Date Gas Fire Fitted Which Will Be More Efficient



Are Replacement  Back Boilers Still Available?

Back boilers are no longer being manufactured  by most companies apart from the Baxi Bermuda BBU HE   See Here

 The Baxi Bermuda HE is a fully condensing back boiler with a 15 KW heat output.


Installation of this Back Boiler is easy because it has been designed to be used with the existing pipework of a home.


How Much Does A Replacement Back Boiler Cost?

Average prices for the Baxi Bermuda Boilers start from £750  excluding VAT and installation.
You can expect little change from £2000.


Please see our Back Boiler Removal Grants Page Here or make an application below.


When did back boilers cease to be fitted in homes?

In 2005 Building Regulations requirements changed and backboilers were no longer allowed to be fitted in new build houses.

This was down to backboilers having very poor efficiency and safety issues.


Can you sell a house with a back boiler?

It is not illegal to sell a house with a back boiler fitted.

We do recommend you have it serviced prior to sale and provide a gas safety certificate to the new owner.

Can you rent a house out with a back boiler?


As long as your property is a minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating of E , you are still allowed to rent out homes with a back boiler fitted.

If Below E it will be your obligation to upgrade this for your tenant, or before you let out the property to new tenants.

A gas Safe Cert will also be required


Are back boilers expensive to run?

Back boilers are a very old form of heating and are usually around to be 70% efficient compared to new boilers which will give you over 90% efficiency.

They can be costly to  maintain too with spare parts getting harder to find which will make them more expensive.

Should you replace a 20 year old back boiler?

A central heating system using a backboiler behind the fire that is over  20 years old is likely to be made significantly cheaper to run by replacing with a condensing boiler.

You will probably save over £200 per year by replacing it.

Good idea to see if you are eligible for a grant.


Can a back boiler explode?

If a fire is lit in front of a redundant back boiler that has been left in a sealed condition, it can heat up and the internal pressure can cause the boiler casing to explode.

We recommend that when a back boiler is decommissioned ,  the whole system should be drained and all redundant pipework removed.

All properly decommissioned back boilers must be fitted with a safety valve to regulate pressure build up.

The back boiler if possible should be removed too.



How messy is removing a back boiler?

The back boiler, it’s flue and gas fire – all will be removed unless you want to keep the back boiler fireplace.

Removing the gas fireplace and replacing it with an electric fire could cost you more in the short term but less in the long term.

So, creating a mess is normal while removing a back boiler.

How much does it cost to service a back boiler?

A service of a boiler, gas fire and hob is likely to be in the £100-£125 range.

A boiler service should cost £70-90 (depending on where in the country you are), and that includes cleaning out a magnetic system filter (if you have one).


What Different types of Back boilers Are In Homes?

Gas fire with back boiler behind it

A back boiler is usually attached to a copper cylinder full of water which is heated up using some sort of fuel.

Usual fuel types will be solid fuel – gas.

The gas-fired back boiler such as the Baxi Bermuda was a revolutionary boiler back when it first came out and was installed in many homes in the UK.

These gas back boilers were then energy-efficient and a cheaper way of heating your home.

Now though with the advancement in technology and the introduction of condensing gas boilers, these are nowhere near as energy-efficient and could be costing you up to £700 more per year to run.


Coal open fire back boiler

This type of open fire back boiler uses solid coal fuel to heat up hot water which is sent to your hot taps and central heating system.

There aren’t that many of this type of back boiler about anymore and coal isn’t the cleanest fuel to burn.

They are also very messy and take up lots of upkeep.

If your coal first or back boiler breaks then you will also not be able to replace it with another.

If coal back boiler with a boiler behind it you could save yourself lots of money by investing in a new A-rated combi boiler and converting your heating system.


5 reasons to replace your back boiler

There are a few good reasons why you should replace your old back boiler.


  1. Modern boilers are more energy efficient than back boilers and will lower your energy bills.
  2. Old back boilers can be very dangerous with reports of explosions not being uncommon.
  3. Back boilers are no longer installed, due to government safety regulations.
  4. Back boilers are hard to repair, due to the lack of spare parts.
  5. The constant expanding and contracting of a back boiler can cause structural problems to your home.

Why Apply For A Grant ?

✅ There Is No Catch – We Guarantee it !

✅  If Your Application Is Accepted  Your Grant Is 100% FREE

✅ You Will Reduce Your Energy Bills By Up To £300 Per Year

✅ The Scheme Has Limited Funding – Ends Nov 30 !



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