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 BackBoiler Removal – Replace With A Combi For Free


BackBoiler Removal

BackBoiler Removal

What Are Free Back Boiler Grants?

Government Free Boiler Grants have been made available to the whole of the UK courtesy of the Government Funded Affordable Warmth Scheme.

This scheme has been especially designed to help low-income household’s access government funding to reduce the cost of heating their homes.

As part of the scheme, Free  Backboiler grants have been introduced as well as various insulation measures.

As old backboilers are very expensive to run , the Government has allocated millons of £ to help people convert old back boilers to a combi 100% Free Of Charge.


Why A Government Free Boiler Scheme?

The government recognises that new boilers are very expensive (Average boiler exchange price is £2300) and many people in receipt of low income benefits would not be able to afford to change their boilers without some assistance.

The Boiler grant Scheme has now been running since 2013 and over a million grant boilers have already been installed.

Hence this Free boiler grant scheme has been introduced and it has proved to be very popular with the whole of the UK.


Government Website For More Information

If you want to learn more about the ECO / Boiler Gant Scheme please visit the GOV.UK website.


Who Is Eligible To Apply For A Free Boiler Grant?


Boilers deemed eligible for exchange need to be over 7 years old with a fault found at technical survey.

A popular fault found is that the boiler efficiency has deteriorated to under 86 %. Fair wear and tear as well as deteriation in hot water delivery is usually a good reason for replacement too..

People need to be in receipt of a low income benefit to be able to apply.

They also need to be a home owner or live with the home owner.

Fortunately since October 2018, the private rented sector is no longer eligible for the scheme.


Are The Boilers Fully Funded?

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Free Boiler 3

In previous years the boiler grant scheme was 100 % fully funded but this was discontinued in Oct 2017.



Are The Boiler Grants Repayable?

All Boiler Grants that are granted are non-repayable, and therefore will not have to be paid back even if you move house in the near future.

You will also be able to re-apply in your new house if the boiler in your new house and your benefit status meet the criteria.


Who Qualifies For a Back Boiler Grant ?

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Free Boiler 1

All backboilers are now eligible for this grant.

Also boilers over 17 years old can be exchanged too.

People need to be in receipt of a low income benefit as below

Most income-related benefits, and disability benefits qualify for Affordable Warmth Scheme Funding which funds the boiler grants.

See List Below For Details

  • Child tax credits
  • Working tax credits
  • Income-related ESA
  • Income-related JSA
  • Income support
  • Universal tax credits
  • Pension credits


How is my New Replacement Boiler at no Cost?

The UK has been set very large targets to reduce the carbon footprint of its housing stock by 2030.

The Energy Company Obligation has been set up to ensure the UK will hit this target.

Of course this will have to be paid for by the taxpayer and so the government have built in to everybody’s bills is a small percentage of money which is paid towards this Green Tax.

This money is controlled by the Big Six energy suppliers who are obliged to spend it on insulation and heating measures over the next 10 yrs. or so to meet the targets set.

The priority for the UK is for the more vulnerable people in society to benefit from this money first so anyone on Low Income Benefits should check if they can apply.


How Much Money Do You save By Replacing Your Boiler?

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Free Boiler 7

By replacing your old, in-efficient or broken boiler with a brand new, A-rated boiler you could reduce your energy bills by up to £300 per/year.

Example – If your current boiler is only 65% efficient, (back boilers are notoriously inefficient) this means that for every £1 you spend on your heating, 35p is quite literally being wasted.

Modern condensing boilers are 90% + efficient so you will only waste   10p for every £1 spent on heating.


How Does The Grant Work For 2022?

The way the Grants works and the 3 factors below will all determine the size of grant awarded to your property.

  • The Size Of The Property

The more bedrooms you have, the larger the grant awarded to you.

  • The Type Of House

 Whether your property is a detached, semi-detached, terraced, bungalow ect.

  • Wall construction

Whether your walls are cavity or solid walls .

Solid wall properties are awarded a larger grant due to more carbon emitted.


Conversion To A Combi

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Free Boiler 5

If you want a conversion from a back boiler to a combi or vice versa the Grant will now cover the cost .

This is an excellent saving from the full price of £3000 +.

If you have any questions please contact us. We can send out a surveyor to assess your property.


How Much Do New Boilers Cost

This depends on the type of installation you need.

A typical combi boiler swap or regular/system boiler should cost around £2000 -£2,500.

If you require a more complex conversion, your new boiler will cost you around £3,000 -£3500

What Boilers are Fitted On This Scheme?

Depending on your installer, there are many excellent models being fitted on this scheme.

The most popular models are

  • Worcester Bosch
  • Vaillant
  • Ideal Logic
  • Potterton
  • Baxi
  • Veisseman

Are The Boilers Guaranted?

All boilers that are fitted as part of the Boiler Grant Scheme come with a minimum 2 Year parts & Labour Warranty.

In some cases, you will get a 5 year warranty but you need to confirm this with your installer.

In most cases , for a small fee you can pay to extend your warranty to 5 or even 10 years.


What Is The Procedure To Apply

It is a very simple procedure to apply.  Please v fill in the simple 2 minute form.

  • When we receive the form, we immediately will contact you and confirm your eligibility.
  • We take your date of birth for data match as well as details of your existing boiler.
  • We then apply on your behalf with one of our local approved installers.
  • Our installer will contact you and book a survey usually within 7 days.
  • All being well your boiler will be fitted the following week.


Boiler Grants For Disabled

The Scheme was adjusted in October 2018 to allow people in receipt of Disabled Benefits to be able to apply for Boiler Grants and Home Insulation for the first time.

They had previously not been able to apply as disabled benefits are not means tested benefits. The government have had a change of heart and now have allowed then to be eligible.

Age Concern Boiler Grants

Elderly people usually qualify if they are in receipt of a disability benefit or Guaranteed Pension Credit.

The normal State Pension does not qualify for grant funding at the moment but the Government are looking into it for the future.


No Benefits – Can I Apply For A Boiler Grant ?

Another way of qualifying for Boiler Grants if you are not in receipt of any benefits is to approach your local council to see if they have a Local Authority Flex Scheme in place.

LA Flex Schemes allow people not on benefits to apply if they meet certain council criteria.

Look on your local council website for their statement of intent which will itemise their qualifying conditions which usually has low income elements and subject to you having a health condition.

Many councils in the UK are now taking part so do take the time to find out more.


See The La Flex Scheme for Non Benefits


Free Boiler Scheme Abuse

The government recognised that the scheme was open to abuse and lots of tax payers money was not utilised properly for the good of the whole UK.

Lots of people tried (and did) take advantage of what should have been an excellent scheme.

Sadly the scheme was not very well thought out to take into account the various misuse of funding.

Anomalies include:

  • Perfectly functioning 5 year old boilers being replaced because it was free
  • People having combi conversions ( worth up to £3000) because it was free
  • People taking the piss and insisting on oversized boilers 34kw -38kw -42 Kw because it was free.

Thankfully introducing a charge has curbed this blatant misuse of public money for the greedy people in society.




How To Get A Free Boiler 2022 – You Wont Believe This!

You Wont Believe This!

The answer is YES ! ……………….if you meet the criteria !

This blog will tell you everything you need to know about the free boiler grant scheme, and how to apply if you feel you are eligible


What Is The Government Free Boiler Scheme 2022?

Under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme for 2022, all  UK low-income households who meet the criteria, can be entitled to upgrade to an energy-efficient boiler for  100% Free.

This is only 1 of the free grants that is available from the government

With the average cost to replace a gas boiler around £2000 -£2500, you should see if you are eligible to apply for the free boiler grant.

Over a million boilers have been exchanged for free on this Government Boiler Replacement Scheme since it started in 2013 so this is not a scam of sorts.


Top 7 Things You Need to Know About Getting a Free Boiler


  • You must be on certain qualifying  benefits and live in a certain type of property to be eligible for a free boiler
  • Not everyone eligible might receive a free boiler because of limited funding for free boilers to give away
  • you can ask any of the participating companies for a free boiler—you don’t need to go through your own energy provider.
  • If you’re granted a free boiler, all fitting will be free.
  • You will receive a Free 2 year warranty with every successful application
  • You will not need to pay anything back either now or in the future.
  • You can have a free back boiler upgrade to a combi boiler.


Who Is Eligible For a Free Boiler?

According to Ofgem, eligibility for a boiler grant depends on your housing status and whether you receive government benefits.

Specifically, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must own your home
  • If you live in council housing, it must have an EPC rating of E, F, or G
  • You must be on a qualifying benefit
  • your boiler must be a non condensing boiler or
  • your boiler must be a back boiler.


Free Boiler Qualifying Benefits

you must also receive at least one of the following government benefits:

  • Child tax credits
  • Working tax credits
  • Income-related ESA /  JSA
  • Pension Credits
  • Income support
  • Universal tax credits
  • Housing Benefit


When Does The Free Boiler Scheme End?

We expect the free boiler scheme to continue until Mar 2026 which is when Eco 4 is set to end. However , free boilers may  end before this due to pressure from lobbyists to switch to renewable heating at its earliest opportunity.

We advise you apply now or you may miss out if the government decide to pull the plug.

Can I Get a Free Boiler If I Live In A Flat ?

UK residents living in small houses and flats etc usually do not  qualify for a free replacement boiler, or insulation grants due to low grants awarded to these homes.

This has now changed

In the past Even if you had an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F, or G and qualify for a grant, installers will usually pass you by unfortunately.

Now you can apply for the grant if your boiler meets the criteria.


I’m a Pensioner. Can I Get a Free Boiler?

If you’re 60 or over and receive Pension Credit or working tax credits, you may be entitled to a free replacement boiler.

Pensioners who only receive a standard state pension don’t qualify for a free boiler grant unfortunately as this scheme is only for means tested benefits.

You may still qualify under the LA FLEX Schemes though so we recommend you try this route.

Will I Definitely Get a Free Boiler?

Unfortunately, not everyone who think they meet the eligibility criteria will receive a free boiler.

It is thought that only EPC Ratings of EFG will qualify under the new Eco 4 Scheme.

This has not been finalised so please put in your application and we will submit it.


Which Energy Companies Are Participating In the Free Boiler Scheme?

Ofgem has a list of all the energy companies which are currently participating in funding the

ECO scheme.

Please  see here.


How Does the Application Process Work?

  • You fill in a form on this page to apply
  • We assess your eligibility  based on government criteria that is in place.
  • We submit your application to a government approved installer.
  • The installer will call you to verify the boiler age. You may need to send in a picture of the boiler so that no unnecesary survey is carried out.
  • Survey is booked and carried out Proof of eligibility may be requested, such as benefits letters or your EPC rating
  • All being well your boiler will be fitted in the next 21 days or so

How Long Does the Free Boiler Application Process Take?

This depends on the company, time of year, and the number of applications. Typically, companies receive more applications during the autumn and winter as homes are colder in those months.

During busy periods, you could wait up to 10 weeks for a response. We recommend you apply in spring or summer to beat the winter rush to have a stronger chance of speeding up the application process to heat your home for winter.

Will I Have to Pay Any Fees for the New Boiler?

No  Your boiler will be completely free of charge

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