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Back Boiler Replacement Grant – 9 GOOD Reasons to Apply

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Back Boiler Replacement Grant – 9 GOOD Reasons to Apply


Back Boiler Removal Grant

Back Boiler Removal Grant

Back Boiler Replacement

If you have an old backboiler behind the fire as your main heating, there are now grants available to convert if to a combi for 100% free.

To be eligible for this grant you will need to be a home owner  (or live with the home owner ) and be inreceipt of a benefit or on a very low income.


Do Back Boilers Have To Be Removed ?

In most cases the backboiler will be decommissioned  and left in situ . It will be completely disconnected with all pipe work rerouted.

There will be no safety issues with leaving the backboiler in the chimney breast but the gas fire will need to be disconnected.
If you wish to have the back boiler removed, this is not covered by the grant and you will have to pay around £1000 out of your pocket.

Here’s 9 good reasons why you should apply for a  Back Boiler Grant as Soon as possible:


  1. Backboilers behind the fire are now included in the Free Boiler Grant. – You can get a free conversion to a combi boiler which is worth £3000 to you.

2. If you are eligible you will get a New Boiler fully fitted for  100 % FREE


3. You will get Free 2 years warranty so you cancel expensive £20 a month boiler cover plans.

This will save you over £250 a year alone!


4. You will save money with reduced gas bills by having an A Rated energy efficient boiler.

Modern boilers are highly efficient and will save you up to £200 off your yearly heating bills.

Put that money towards a holiday!


5. You can get shot of the old and costly to run Baxi Bermuda & upgrade to a Top of the Range Worcester Bosch or Vaillant.

Be the envy of your neighbours who will all be jealous!



6. One of our chosen boilers we like to offer is the “Worcester Bosch” which has been voted Which Boiler of the Year for 8 years running.

 Everyone loves this super reliable boiler as they enjoy peace of mind and rarely have tenants complaining about heating breakdowns.


7. Older boilers start to go wrong after 10 years with average repair cost at £180


8. Grants can end at any time without warning.

The Government never seem to give notice when they are about to pull the plug on funding for Grants.


9. You will improve the home energy efficiency rating of your property so making it more attractive to buyers.


Claim Your Grant For A Back Boiler now while there is still time.  You will be kicking yourself if you miss this one.



Back Boilers Vs. Combi Boilers


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Free Boiler 5

Back boilers are still present in many UK  homes, particularly with those homes built between the ‘60s and ‘80s.

A back boiler is a boiler that is built in behind a gas fire or solid fuel fire that is used to heat the home much like a central heating system.

These older systems usually require a lot of maintenance and are not particularly efficient. Average efficiency is around 60 -70% .

Back Boilers are  generally very reliable with not many moving parts to go wrong , you will eventually need to replace it.


Back Boiler Replacement

You need to decide whether you should go with a new back boiler or go for an upgrade to  a combi boiler.

We recommend you have the backboiler decommissioned and upgrade to a combi boiler.




Back Boilers Vs. Combi Boilers

Let’s take a look at a few facts about combi and back boilers to help you make your choice.

Energy Efficiency

In the back boilers versus combi boilers debate, combi boilers win hands down.

  • A Combi boiler will be up to 90 -100% efficient
  • A back Boiler will be 70-80% efficient

Replacing a back boiler with a combi boilers will pay for itself  in a few years through reduced energy costs.


A new boiler installation may be the best choice if you’re facing a series of costly emergency repairs as the back boiler unit approaches its end of life.

It is not cost effective to keep throwing money at an old boiler and this money would be better served paying for a new boiler.


Pressure Problems

You may not be able to use modern dishwashers or washing machines with high water pressure that comes from traditional back boilers.

Combi boilers are a good choice for replacing back boilers since they require less space and are easy to install.

However, they will not be able to heat massive amounts of water as a back boiler could.




Combination boilers combine the central heating boiler with a hot water heater in a single compact unit, which means you do not need separate hot and cold-water tanks in your loft to supply the back boiler.

For this reason Combi boilers are a good choice for small homes or flats where space is very limited.

Switching to a combi boiler could free up space in your water cupboard or current utility room.


Hot Water Supply versus Demand

The greatest drawback of combi boilers is their ability to provide hot water for simultaneous use.

Traditional boilers fire up twice a day, heating up the water whether you need it or not.

While this has the disadvantage of not being energy efficient, it also means that you have a reserve of hot water that can be delivered to multiple taps in the home.

However, combi boilers may not be able to meet your needs if you have two people taking hot showers at the same time.

A system boiler may be a better choice in that case.

However, combi boilers can meet modest, intermittent demand for hot water.

You should also know that having a tank is not always a benefit when it comes to the water supply. Having a tank also means that your hot water can run out.

On the other hand, a combi boiler can do a better job of meeting demand if you’re constantly using some hot water through the day for showers, laundry, and dishes, but do each separately.

As a traditional boiler only fires up twice a day, you’ll have to wait for hot water if you use up the current supply. Not only that, but there’s also the possibility to install more than one combi boiler to deal with the simultaneous use issue.

If you are looking to replace a back boiler, combi boilers are probably the best choice. However, you need to take a variety of factors into account in order to select the best boiler for your household’s needs.

Back Boiler Replacement & Removal

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Free Insulation 1

Here we discuss removing and replacing your gas back boiler .

After reading the information above you may decide you want to remove your back boiler and replace it with a combi boiler.

Replacing your gas back boiler can be messy and will not be the easiest of tasks. Getting behind your fireplace to remove and replace a back boiler is often going to be quite destructive work. There may be some damage to your home. In most cases, your fire mantle and at least some of the flooring will need to be removed.

When replacing your gas back boiler the whole back boiler will need to be removed. After new boiler installation, combi or conventional, you may need new pipework.


Decommissioning a Back Boiler

By decommissioning a back boiler, it won’t actually be removed from behind the fireplace.

Decommission effectively means it will disconnect from its source of power/energy. It will remain behind your fireplace gathering dust out of use.

To decommission your old back boiler, engineers will need to get behind your fireplace, which means you will likely have some damage to your fireplace and carpet.

Prepare to make repairs afterward.

However, decommissioning your back boiler instead of removing and replacing it, will save you money.

Savings will depend on who is doing the work and what exactly needs doing.

On average, you can expect a boiler decommissioning to cost around £3000.

Before making a bold decision, decommissioning might not always be an option.

Always speak to one of our Gas Safe heating engineers who will decide whether it can be safely done.


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