It’s good to know what the rules about boilers are. Each type has its requirements to help keep people safe and comply with the law. Gas boiler installation regulations are something customers ask about regularly. Well here at Warm, we know all about heating systems. We are happy to offer advice here so you know exactly what you can and can’t do.
When are you allowed to have a boiler in the bedroom?
As long as you seal your room, you can place a boiler inside your bedroom. This means it takes the air for combustion from outside. It then expels its leftover air outside as well.
If there’s a room sealed appliance, it won’t discharge fumes into your space. This will make it safer to install in locations where you sleep. The majority of contemporary boilers are room sealed. However, it’s still a good idea to check yours.
When can’t you have a gas appliance in the bedroom?
The government introduced the Gas Safety Regulations in October 1998. According to them, you cannot install specific gas instruments in rooms you’re using as bedrooms. The following are machines you can’t have in a bedroom if they exceed 14kw gross input:
- Gas water heater (including gas boilers)
- Gas space heater
- A gas fire
Additionally, you cannot have any instant water heaters. This is unless your room possesses an atmosphere sensing gadget, or if it is room sealed.
One thing many people forget to think about is if they will need Buildings Regulations approval. Because a boiler has safety concerns it is important to get this. Doing so also ensures that it meets energy efficiency requirements. The new appliance must be at least 92% efficient.
When you get a replacement for a gas boiler you must hire a Gas Safe Registered engineer. This ensures the work completed is both safe and legal. The engineer must follow the guidelines in the Approved Document J. This dictates where the flue can be. On top of this, they have to meet all the gas boiler installation regulations.
The right boiler choice
Also, you must ensure that the gas boiler is condensing. This is a legal requirement because modern boilers with condensers are more energy efficient. There are only a few cases when it is acceptable not to get a condenser.
In April 2018 the Boiler Plus regulations came into force. As well as the above they also state that new gas boilers must have a timer and thermostat so the user can control their heating more effectively.
Combi boiler regulations
There are even tighter gas boiler installation regulations for Combi models. In addition to a timer and thermostat, the appliance must have at least one of four energy-saving features. Therefore an appliance must have either;
- Flue gas heat recovery
- A thermostat that compensates for the weather
- A Smart thermostat
- A load compensating thermostat
Is there anything else I need to consider?
You’ll either want to install a new boiler or replace an older one. There’s more to consider here than just the legality of the situation though. Modern boilers aren’t as noisy as classic ones. Nevertheless, they still produce a sound so you need to decide which location is best. You also need to think about the space that’s available to you.
There are plenty of options to choose from in terms of boiler location. If you have a cupboard where you would like to place your boiler to keep it out of the way, this is a popular choice. You can also have it in the loft. However it is worth noting that each choice comes with it’s own challenges. For instance a boiler in the loft might mean you don’t have to look at it but It is harder to access.
If you do end up getting a new boiler then it is important to choose the right one. After all, your choice will depend on a number of factors. This includes fuel type and size. To help pick the best boiler for you, you will also need to think about:
- Available space in the home and whether you have enough room for a cylinder
- Water usage as with more people comes a higher demand
- Budget because there are many boilers out there on the market for every price range
Need a new boiler?
Whatever work you are looking to have done to your heating system, whether you just need a new appliance. want to get new central heating, or something else, we can help. Our team takes out the hassle of finding the best price by gathering quotes for you for expert engineers. We compare 100s of Gas Safe engineers from across the nation in order to bring you the best deals in your area.
Give us a call
Warm is always available to help people who are struggling with their boilers. No matter what the trouble is, we assure you that you’ll receive a top-quality service from us.
If you call us on 0800 3111 8990, we can answer all of your questions, including any about the gas boiler installation regulations. You can also fill out our quick and easy, no obligation quote form by answering a few questions to help us understand what it is that you’re looking for. We will be able to provide you with 3 free quotes that come with no obligations attached.