Emergency Boiler Installation Guide, Costs & Timeline

By | 14th February 2018

Got a problem with your boiler and can’t wait?

No problem.

There are various Gas Safe registered companies throughout the UK that offer emergency boiler installation and repair.

But, what is an emergency, how much is an emergency replacement going to cost, and how quickly will the job get done?

Safety Concerns

First up, let’s talk about safety concerns.

If you smell gas, this is an immediate safety concern.

Here’s what to do.

  1. Turn off your gas
  2. Don’t turn on/off any switches (lights etc)
  3. Do not smoke, or use naked flames
  4. Call the SGN Emergency Gas number (0800 111 999)

Is Your Boiler Installation An Emergency?

An emergency boiler replacement is going to cost more than a typical installation. There are various engineers that work on 24-48 hour timelines for repairs & installs.

To be able to service jobs this quickly, they have to charge more than a typical installation. We’d expect an emergency installation to cost 20-30% more than a standard installation.

That said, an average installer will be able to complete a site visit and give a detailed quotation within 24 working hours.

Typically, you’d not expect them to start the installation within the same working week, but within 7-10 days of initial enquiry is a reasonable guestimate.

Whether you need an emergency installation, or have a looser timeline, you can get the ball rolling right now by getting quotes from up to 3 Gas Safe engineers.

Emergency Boiler Installation Costs

The next question; if your boiler replacement is an emergency, how much is it likely to cost?

No replacement is the same, as there are variables including:

  • Moving a boiler to a new location
  • Size of the boiler (smaller boilers are cheaper)
  • Brand of boiler and its warranty (and therefore, cost)
  • Gas main upgrades to be inline with Gas Safe standards
  • Type of flue
  • Combi, system, regular, oil, or LPG?
  • Heating pipework installation, upgrade or repairs
  • The list goes on…

So, even from a “typical” perspective, an installation could be anywhere from £2,000-8,000.

A standard installation might consist of a 30kw Ideal boiler. This is powerful enough to a supply a 3-bed semi that has reasonable hot water demand, and just one shower.

You should expect quotes in the £1,800-2,350 range. Again, this depends on many of the variables mentioned above.

Alongside this, remember that labour rates will vary throughout the country.

For example, in London, an emergency boiler fitter might charge £100 per hour, with someone in Birmingham charging around £75 per hour and up North, sometimes as low as £50 per hour.

How Long A Emergency Boiler Installation Takes

In the example above (30kw boiler for a 3-bed semi), assuming there is no complications, the boiler should be replaced within 1 working day.

For installations that have additional complications (for instance, additional pipework, or upgrading a regular boiler to a combi), you should plan to have your heating and hot water off for 1.5-2 working days.

So, with an emergency boiler fitter, you’d expect the job to be completed within 2-3 days from initial inquiry date/time.

If you don’t want to delay the process any further, you can get quotes for an emergency installation from up to 3 boiler fitters here.

What’s Next?

Thanks for reading our 3-minute guide to emergency boiler installation costs and timelines.

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