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Baxi Bermuda Back Boilers -A Beginners Guide 2022

 

Baxi Bermuda Back Boilers – The Complete Guide 2022

This guide is the complete guide to Baxi Bermuda backboilers.

We cover Back Boiler Free Grants – Back Boiler Removal – Back Boiler Replacement – Back Boiler Faults – Back Boiler General Guide.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Back Boiler Replacement Costs

Back Boiler Removal Costs

Back Boiler Conversion Cost

Free Back Boiler Removal Grant

Back Boiler Engineers Near Me

Back Boiler Installation Diagrams

Free Back Boiler Manuals

Baxi Bermuda Spare Parts

Baxi Bermuda Back Boiler Faults

FAQS

 

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.

We recommend you do not replace your old back boiler on a like for like basis but upgrade to a combi.

The extra cost will be well worth it.

 

Back Boiler Removal Cost

This is for homes that  already have a full central heating installed and just want the old back boiler removed from behind the fireplace.

Full back boiler removal from your chimney breast ( that has been already decommissioned)  you can expect to pay up to £1000.

This cost will cover the :

  • Decommissioning of  back boiler and the attached pipework
  • Full removal of the old back boiler
  • Removal Of The Gas Fire
  • full disposal
  •  capping off of the old pipework.
  • replastering of the chimney breast

 

Baxi Bermuda Back Boiler Conversion Cost

You can expect to pay £3000 -£4000

This is for replacing an old back boiler with a combi boiler.

The new boiler will be put on an outside wall usually in the kitchen or bathroom and new pipe work installed including a gas supply and distribution of hot and cold supplies.

This is a large job and can take around 2 days to complete.

 

Free Back Boiler Removal Grant

 

Back Boiler Removal Grant

Back Boiler Removal Grant

 

Do You Qualify – You need to be on benefits or low income

Value –             Over £3500 supplied & fitted

Bill Savings –    Up to £250 per year in reduced bills.

Time To Fit –       Usually takes 1 -2 days to fit

Warranty –          Comes with a 2 yr warranty

 

What Do You Get with A Back Boiler  Removal  Grant?

Households that qualify for the boiler grant will be entitled to:

  • Free energy assessment
  • New gas boiler fully fitted
  • New heating controls
  • 2 year Warranty
  • Free Insulation

 

 

SEE OUR FREE BACK BOILER VIDEO

 

 

Are There Grants For Back Boiler Servicing?

No. Servicing is not included in any government schemes at the moment.

We recommend you use a back boiler expert such as British Gas

 

Back Boiler Engineers Near Me

If your back boiler heating is not working or your back boiler is leaking or just need a back boiler service , there are a number of sites you can use to find the right engineer to  assist you.

Please remember that a Back Boiler Repair may not be viable and could be false economy.

Spending hundreds of pounds on an old heating system could be money wasted.

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Back Boiler Installation Diagrams

 

 

Free Back Boiler Manuals

You can download many boiler manuals and back boiler manuals from an excellent site called FREE BOILER MANUALS

Most UK boilers are included in this site.

 

Baxi Bermuda Spare Parts

Baxi bermuda spare parts are still available in the UK albeit they are not stocked by many outlets now.

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Back Boiler Annual Servicing

The  Baxi Bermuda is an open-flued type of boiler that needs to be serviced annually by a qualified Gas Safe engineer to ensure the safety of the appliance.

Open-flued boilers are at higher risk of producing carbon monoxide which is a harmful gas that has been responsible for deaths in the past

In addition to regular servicing, carbon monoxide alarms should be installed and tested regularly.

All homes with an open-flued system should be kept well ventilated to reduce the risk of carbon momoxide poisoning.

How To Check If You Have A Back Boiler?

If your boiler is housed behind your gas or electric fireplace, you can be assured that  it is a back boiler.

A backboilers flue will be housed in the chimney, which means if you have a new boiler installed, you will require a new flue system as you cannot reuse an old flue

The BAXI Bermuda back boiler  dominated the back boiler market in the 60s and this is the model that will usually be in use today.

Their reliability and affordability  made them the market leader.

 

 

How Do I Find The Model Of My Back boiler?

To find what type of back boiler you have, simply pull down the flap underneath the boiler.

There will label or small sticker stating the make and model number.

If you have a Baxi Bermuda, you will struggle to find any spare parts and replacing it before it goes belly up should be considered.

 

Baxi Bermuda Back Boiler Faults

The Bermuda back boiler open-flued heating system was launched in 1966 and is still in operation 50 years later.

It is thought that around 5% of the Uk still has a backboiler as the main heating for their home.

Bermuda’s backboilers are now very outdated and they are no longer manufactured.

Many people now are upgrading their Backboilers to a Combi boiler which is a more effiecient way of heating your home.

Replacement parts are quite difficult to get hold of also.

Checking the Air Vent

If your boiler locks out, one of the first checks to be undertaken would be to check the air vent.

The locking out process is a safety mechanism so that carbon monoxide fumes are not omitted.

The boiler’s air vent should be checked regularly to keep it clear from blockages in order to help protect from dangerous gasses being leaked into the living spaces within the property.

Resetting the Pilot Light

Another common problem with boilers is ignition matters.

Wear and tear can cause parts to fail including the thermocouple which results in the pilot light going out.

Resetting the pilot light is a tricky job however there should be instructions within the boiler’s manual.

If the problem frequently reoccurs it is highly recommended that the matter is escalated to a qualified Gas Safe engineer.

to undertake tests on the boiler to find the cause of the ignition issue, safely remove any blockages and replace any parts if they are showing signs of failure.

How do I reset my Baxi Bermuda back boiler?

To reset the boiler, turn the selector switch to the R (Reset) position.

Hold for at least 5 seconds and release. The fault code will be replaced with the boiler’s current temperature.

At this point on a neon indicator boiler model, the flame failure light will stop flashing and will be replaced with the burner light.

 

 

Why does my back boiler pilot light keep going out?

The cause for most pilot light issues is a thermocouple in need of replacing. A thermocouple is a small probe that extends into the pilot light’s flame and will keep the gas valve open for as long as heat is being applied. It is a safety feature built in to cut off the gas supply if the flame goes out.

It has a thin metal wire that runs back to the gas valve.

 

Why does my Baxi Bermuda make a roaring noise?

Baxi Bermuda back boilers will roar if they have a  damaged main burner usually caused by leakage from the heat exchanger.

Heavy rusting can cause perforation of the burner wall allowing the burner to light back inside.

This produced the characteristic roaring noise. The next time the gas valve opened, this flame caused the gas to light back inside the burner, causing the roaring noise.

 

Baxi Bermuda Back Boiler -More History

The Bermuda back boiler open-flued heating system was launched in 1966 and is still in operation 50 years later.

It is thought that around 5% of the Uk still has a backboiler as the main heating for their home.

Bermuda’s backboilers are now very outdated and they are no longer manufactured.

Many people now are upgrading their Backboilers to a Combi boiler which is a more effiecient way of heating your home. Replacement parts are quite difficult to get hold of also.

Annual Servicing

The  Baxi Bermuda is an open-flued type of boiler that needs to be serviced annually by a qualified Gas Safe engineer to ensure the safety of the appliance. Open-flued boilers are at higher risk of producing carbon monoxide which is a harmful gas that has been responsible for deaths in the past In addition to regular servicing, carbon monoxide alarms should be installed and tested regularly. All homes with an open-flued system should be kept well ventilated to reduce the risk of carbon momoxide poisoning.

Replacing a Baxi Bermuda Back Boiler

We recommend that you should replace your old back boiler with a brand new combi.

The cost will be around £2500-£3000 done privately but there are grants available if you are on a low income.

 

How Efficient Are Back Boilers?

Back boilers have a much lower energy efficiency rating than their modern combi boiler counterparts.

Generally, they are only about 60 -70%  energy efficient as compared to the more modern condensing boilers which are over 90% efficient.

This means that an old back boiler will be costing you over 25% more in eating costs.

 

 

How Often Should Boilers Be Replaced?

Something as important as a boiler should be at the forefront of peoples minds and keeping it maintained in preparation  for the winter months is essential

There are 7 key signs that you should look for that will tell you that it is time to send your old boiler to the man in the sky.

 

1. Your Boiler Is Over 15 years Old

Most condensing boilers have only got a shelf life of 15 years. Their design is to use the exhaust gases for extra heat whilst being more effficient, does reduce the shelf life unfortunately.

Previous non condensing boilers would last up to 25 years.

 

2. Your energy bills are increasing

Are your energy bills gradually creeping up each month? If so, it’s likely that your boiler needs replacing.

A boiler’s efficiency will usually decrease over time  leading to more expensive energy bills.

 

3. The blue flame in your boiler has turned yellow

If the boiler has a yellow flame a technician should be contacted immediately to assess the seriousness of the situation.

This is taken seriously because a yellow flame can indicate a malfunction with carbon monoxide in the heater.

Carbon monoxide does not have an odor and is difficult to identify but it is important to identify it as soon as you observe a yellow flame.

 

4. Your boiler is leaking

A leak could simply mean theres a problem with internal components like seals or valves.

In this case its time to call an engineer before it causes other problems that you absolutely want to avoid – like rust corrosion or structural damage to your home.

If the leaks are becoming more common then your boiler is no longer a new boiler and needs to be replaced.

Firstly your boiler is leaking which means your heating system is inefficient leaving you anxiously waiting for your radiator to work. their magic.

 

5. Your radiators take longer to heat up

This is not to say that every time you’re waiting for the heat to start warming you up, you should panic and get a new boiler. Remain calm.

Sometimes, if your radiators are taking their time to get toasty, it might mean an internal malfunction – point four, for example – but often it’s a sign of a worn-out boiler that is approaching the end of its days.

 

6. Your boiler is giving off a bad smell

a bad smelling boiler can be a sign of a dangerous boiler.

Although carbon monoxide has no odour, a sour smelling boiler may be a sign of a potential gas leak.

If this is the case, turn off your boiler immediately and contact the Gas Emergency Services on 0800 111 999.

 

7 Replacement parts are harder to find

If you’re struggling to find the correct parts for the particular brand / model of your boiler, it is definitely time to consider a replacement.

Do see if you are eligible for a grant before spending out your cash.

 

 

What Is A Baxi Bermuda Back Boiler?

Back boilers (also known as back boiler units or BBUs) are an old type of gas boiler which was fitted to many houses in the 1960s to provide hot water and heating.

back boilers are usually  a small, compact boiler that is fitted at the back of an open fireplace hearth behind a gas fire

The market leader was a Baxi Bermuda and many are still in use today.

 

 

When did the Bermuda Back Boiler first come out?

The Bermuda back boiler was first introduced in 1966. They were said to have revolutionised central heating systems as an open-flued appliance.

They have been updated with many different and more fashionable fire fronts in the last  30 years or so that followed.

Are Baxi Bermuda Back boilers any good?

Bermuda Baxi boilers have always been very reliable and have received some incredible feedback on the platform over the years

The average rating of Baxi’s reviews was 4.5 (almost as good as Worcester, but not quite!), a clear indicator of their products quality and the aftercare offered by their team.

In their day Bermua Backboilers were an excellent choice of heating for homes. They were much cheaper than relying on expensive electric heating and were fitted to the majority of Uk homes that had a gas supply.

Back boilers in the 20th century  are outdated and in some cases dangerous.

They also run at much lower efficiencies than modern condensing boilers.

Continuing to use a back boiler will lead to much higher energy bills and there maybe safety issues too.

We recommend you upgrade to a combi boiler sooner than later and take advantage of any grants that may be available.

 

How long does a Baxi Bermuda back boiler last?

Back boilers usually last for around 25 years, provided they have been well maintained and serviced regularly.

Some back boilers, particularly the Baxi Bermuda have been known to last over 40 years as they were very well made in the 60s.

Indeed there are still many back boilers in the Uk that are still going to this day, albeit they wont be very efficient and will be up to a third more expensive to run.

If your old Baxi Bermuda is on its last legs you should bite the bullet and have it replaced with a condensing combi boiler.

The chances are that it has had a good innings after 30 years or so and needs to go to the back boiler heaven in the sky.

 

Are Back Boilers Still Available To Buy?

Yes  The Baxi Bermuda BBU HE Boiler is a fully condensing back boiler which has been designed for homeowners looking to replace their old back boiler with a more efficient system.

UK government regulations state that  all boiler systems must have a minimum of 86% efficiency, so most models of back boilers are no longer manufactured .

 

 

How Efficient Is a Back Boiler?

An old standard efficiency Baxi Bermuda back boiler is usually less than 70% efficient compared to a modern day condensing boiler which will be over 90% efficient.

In real terms, for every £1 of gas that is burned, you are only getting the benefit of 70p worth of useable heat and the other 30p worth is being lost up the chimney.

By replacing it with a new boiler at over 90% efficient, you can reduce your fuel bill by up to £305 per year.

Back boilers have a much lower energy efficiency rating than their modern combi boiler counterparts.

This means that an old back boiler will be costing you over 25% more in eating costs.

This information has been provided by the Energy Saving Trust

 

Can You Get A Back Boiler Replaced?

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

We recommend that you should replace your old back boiler with a brand new combi.

The cost will be around £2500-£3000 done privately but there are grants available if you are on a low income.

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 it cost to replace a back boiler with a combi boiler?

Here in the UK a Combi boiler installed instead of a back boiler is  about £3000 -4000.

Some plumbers will do it for less depending on the amount of  work needed to remove the old back boiler and cut off the water tanks.

Do look at The  Back Boiler Replacement Scheme from Eco

 

Are Back Boilers Safe

There is no reason why they should be unsafe if they have been services yearly and thoroughly checked by a qualified gas safe engineer.

If you have an old back boiler behind the fire that has been decommissioned, we would recommend that you pay an engineer to inspect that it has been put out of service safely.

 

Back Boiler Decommissioning

The only positively safe and reliable way to proceed, when a solid fuel/ gas  back boiler is no longer needed and the customer wants to continue using the fireplace, is to totally remove the back boiler installation by breaking up the chamber that used to carry the hot water system and removing any pipe work

Back Boiler Change to Combi

Back boilers are a lot more  inefficient when compared to modern combi boilers.

Most people are having their old back boilers replaced with a combi boiler rather than continuing to heat their home with this very old fashioned way of heating.

A modern combi boiler can reduce your heating costs by up to £330 per year so it will pay for itself over the next ten years.

It is a very disruptive process especially if you are having the complete fireplace removed and usually takes  2 days or so to do.

Back Boiler Decommissioning is cheaper option but we feel it is not a good idea and we recommend you bite the bullet and have it completely removed.

The small extra cost will be worth it.

Back boilers are around 70 % energy-efficient, while modern combi boilers are well  over 90% efficient. Government regulations require that all new boiler installs have  to be over 86%.

For ease of use and reliability, combi boilers win hands down too.

 

How Much Does It Cost To Remove & Replace A Back Boiler with A Combi?

There is no simple answer and a home survey will be needed.

Back boiler conversion cost will vary from one property to the next.

The cost of replacing a back boiler with a combi boiler will be approximately £2700 -£4000.

This will depend of course on what is exactly required. Obviously if you have the  old fireplace and backboiler ripped out, the price will be at the higher end.

This cost  includes pipe capping and the installation of new pipes.

We recommend you take this opportunity to replace all old pipework too as it is likely to be corroded and the old joints may not be able to take the pressure of a pressurised combi boiler system.

 

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.

 

What Is A Back Boiler

A back boiler is a boiler that is fitted behind a open fire and is hidden from view.

Back boilers came into fashion back in the 1960s which were designed to fit behind a living room fireplace in order to save space. The open fire would heat the water in a tank behind the fire .

This heated water would rise into a cylinder connected to it upstairs which would be used by the home occupants for washing etc.

Whilst many homes still have back boilers as their main source of heating, they are no longer readily available for replacement due to their in efficiency and are usually replaced with a gas boiler.

 

 

Are Back Boilers Still Available To Buy?

Yes  The Baxi Bermuda BBU HE Boiler is a fully condensing back boiler which has been designed for homeowners looking to replace their old back boiler with a more efficient system.

UK government regulations state that  all boiler systems must have a minimum of 86% efficiency, so most models of back boilers are no longer manufactured .

The dangers of back boilers.

If you have had your back boiler decommissioned in the past, it is worth getting it completely removed as there have been some issues in the past.

In decommissioned back boilers there will likely be residual moisture inside, which will heat up if you have the fire on in front of it .

This can result in a build-up of internal pressure that can cause an explosion which has caused numerous serious injuries and one fatality.

Installers highly recommended you remove any disused back boilers to avoid such tragic outcomes.

Back Boilers Vs. Combi Boilers

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.

 

What Is A Back Boiler?

Back boilers are attached to the rear of a fire place or stove hence their name.

This type of boiler was usually fitted  through out the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

However with the introduction of the more efficient combination and system  boilers  they have gone out of favour and slowly been replaced .

Back boilers are not very efficient ( 70 -80% ) and so more costly to run. Also servicing is more expensive too.

 

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.

 

Space

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

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 and you will need new pipework.

 

 

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