Oil Boiler Installation
We offer our customers a great deal on all oil boiler installations, providing the highest levels of professionalism and the benefit of our many years of experience working with oil fuelled appliances.
Oil boilers are an attractive option for those properties that are not connected to the natural gas network. Most oil boiler appliances are fed by a supply of stored oil which is kept in a tank (externally to the property). The benefit of this is that the homeowner is free to shop around for a good deal on fuel and is not tied to one supplier. We are always happy to help by recommending a supplier based upon the reports we get back from our customers.
What type of oil boilers are available?
Oil fired boilers are available in many options and you can chose from conventional heat only or combination oil boilers and whether it is installed internally or externally. All new oil boiler installations utilise condensing technology and adhere to the latest efficiency guidelines. Condensing oil boilers are designed to recycle the heat with an extra heat exchanger so that the hot exhaust gases are used to pre-heat the water in the boiler system, therefore reducing energy consumption and costs.
Oil Boiler Efficiency
Older oil boilers are typically around 60-70% efficient whereas modern high efficiency condensing boilers are normally more than 90% efficient and are available as regular, system and combination boilers. Installing a condensing boiler is an excellent way to reduce running costs compared with non-condensing boilers and a fuel saving of up to 30% can be expected.
In Lincolnshire, condensing boilers are now the preferred method of meeting building regulations. Non-condensing boilers can be fitted if the building qualifies for an exemption which are based upon the outcome of an assessment into the technical difficulty and cost associated with installing a condensing model.
How much does a new oil boiler cost?
We are proud to offer an oil boiler installation service which is second to none. Every oil boiler installation is different, so in order to give you an accurate price for the work involved we will need to talk to you in the first instance to find out more and organise a site visit so that we can calculate a free no obligation quotation.
We partner with leading manufacturers for our oil boilers and with regular servicing, we are able to offer their warranty for up to 10 years depending upon the make and model.
Oil boiler installations should be serviced at least annually to ensure safety and correct operation. The annual service includes checking the oil tank and associated pipework.
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In England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Guernsey and Isle of Man boilers need to be of the condensing type unless your installer obtains formal exemption from OFTEC. Any engineer registered under the competent persons scheme and registered with OFTEC will be aware of the requirements and whether an exemption may be appropriate.
The condensate can be drained at any of these points:
- Internal stack pipe
- Waste pipe
- External drain or gully
- Rainwater hopper that is part of a combined system
- Purpose-made soakaway
The appliance installer will be able to advise you further.
Although oil-fired boilers of below 45kW output can be installed in a loft space, OFTEC recommends that you avoid doing so.
If you intend to install an oil-fired boiler in a loft space, the installation must comply with British Standards to ensure the safe operation of the appliance, the safety of the technicians who may work on it and to protect the fabric of the building against fire and oil contamination.
You will also need to consider the weight of the appliance, the potential for noise nuisance, and how you will supply oil to it.
Under British Standard 5410: Part 1 1997, you must take into account:
- This type of installation should only be considered if there is no alternative location
- The loft space must have a permanent means of access
- The area between the loft access point and the boiler service area, and the service area around the boiler must have permanent flooring that will withstand the weight of the boiler plus a service technician with tools, and must also have a handrail
- The boiler must be of the balanced flue type and stand in a drip tray with a float that will automatically shut off the oil supply when oil is detected in the tray
- You must be able to isolate the appliance and the oil supply from outside the loft space
It is unlikely that your building has no alternative location for the modern range of boilers, but if you opt for this type of installation we would recommend that your installer read and fully understand the requirements of British Standard 5410: Part 1 1997. You must also seek advice from the building insurers and the local fire authorities.
Yes, you can. When you upgrade an appliance you are not legally required to change your oil storage tank so that it meets current legislation, unless the appliance installation makes the oil tank less compliant than it might be already. But if you have a fire or pollution incident and your tank does not comply with current legislation, you may find complications with an insurance claim.
We would advise that you consider upgrading/relocating your oil storage tank if necessary at the time you replace the appliance. We are able to both advise on this and offer a full tank installation/relocation service.