Boiler Flue Regulations are key to ensuring your new boiler installation is carried out safely and professionally. If adhered to, these regulations prevent Carbon Monoxide and other toxic gases from escaping out the wrong outlet and putting others in danger. They can be horizontal or vertical, but the position will need to be discussed between you and your installer.
If you’re looking to have a new boiler installed, learning about these boiler flue regulations is essential. Always make sure you’re dealing with an installer that understands them and the importance of following them. Take Boilerhut for example, even if you’re only in the planning stages for a new boiler, you can make things a lot easier by getting a free, no-obligation quote from us. Just enter your details and click the green button below… it’s that easy!
Boiler Flue Regulations – What we’re covering
Besides preparation for a new boiler, there are things to consider with Boiler Flue Regulations as well, such as your property’s boundary line. The distance between this line and your boiler flue will need to be at least 60cm, as well as being at least 2.1m off the ground. Knowing these details can really help you when planning your installation, so it’s important to keep this in mind.
Over the course of this article, you’ll get answers to questions such as:
- What does a boiler flue do?
- Will I need an engineer?
- What manufacturer restrictions are there? – If you’re looking for a new boiler, this is particular important. Speak to one our experts on 029 2009 9898 or CLICK HERE to get a free quote online.
Boiler Flue Regulations are put in place for health and safety by protecting us from harmful gases. It’s a testament to the development of modern boiler designs that with the use of the flue and condensate, any dangerous chemicals are safely removed from the system. Read on to find out how boiler flue regulations must be taken into account when planning your new boiler installation… it doesn’t have to be complicated!
Boiler Flue Regulations – Will I need to replace my old boiler?
If you find that the flue on your old boiler is too low or too close to a neighbouring window, then you may need to make changes to your heating system. It’s not always necessary to get a new boiler at this stage, because some regulations only apply to new installations.
According to the regulations, all boilers across the UK also need to be condensing boilers. With dual heat exchangers, condensing boilers are incredibly efficient at what they do and can help you save on your energy bills.
However, if it’s condensing replacing non-condensing, then there’s a slight chance that the flue would have to be relocated.
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What is a Boiler Flue and what does it do?
A boiler flue is the large pipe that leads dangerous gases from your combi boiler out through the wall or roof. They ensure that combustion fumes are discharged carefully and safely into the atmosphere and with the boiler flue regulations, are vital to your central heating system working effectively. You can think of it like an exhaust pipe for your house, working hard throughout the year.
However, the position of your flue needs to be specific so that there’s no safety risk for those nearby.
Why are there boiler flue regulations?
These boiler flue regulations are put in place to make sure that all installations performed are safe. The flues can be fed through the wall horizontally or through the roof vertically. This will be discussed in more detail with whoever’s installing your new heating system. The regulations themselves are becoming stricter to ensure complete safety from the Carbon Monoxide being dispersed outside.
For an informative NHS guide on the risks of carbon monoxide, click here.
As mentioned, you’ll have to consider where your flue is going in relation to the surrounding environment. The boundary line of your property must be taken into account, as there’s no way you’ll be able to have a flue installed if it’s close to any public walkway or near a neighbouring window. If the flue is fitted near the boundary line, there needs to be a minimum distance of 600mm between the end of the flue and the line itself. If not, then the installation won’t be allowed. Read on to find out more about boiler flue regulations.
Boiler Flue Regulations – Height
If you live in an end-terraced property and your horizontal flue is being installed near a public footpath, keep in mind how far it is from any walkway or area open to the public. While a distance of 210mm is encouraged, you can have your flue fitted with a guard for further protection to allow greater flexibility. The temperature of any escaping gases will be extremely high, so it’s easy to see how these regulations can keep every installation safe!
If a flue is installed through a wall, it makes it a lot easier to seal and make water tight. An experienced engineer will always try to keep you as informed as possible.
Boiler Flue Regulations – What about vertical flues?
As well as being installed horizontally, flues can be installed vertically through a roof, but come with their own issues. If you’re getting one installed, make sure that you’re kept informed by a professional.
The flue has limited access if it’s installed vertically. To overcome this, access panels will need to be installed across the flue pipe. This will always come in handy for future work as the panels will provide access for servicing or location faults.
Boiler Flue Regulations – What else is done to make sure the installation is safe?
If you feel a bit clueless about this, try and familiarise yourself with some key points for when a flue is installed through a wall:
- The flue must be completely sealed on both sides – This is done using sand cement, caulk or other sealants to make sure that no gases can escape.
- The angle needs to be correct – this is more important if you’re going from a non-condensing boiler to a condensing boiler. If it’s wrong, then you may have a drip escaping.
- Screws are used to secure any joints – All extensions, brackets and pipework need to be properly fixed together otherwise joints become loose and dangerous.
- Ensure both parties understand the exact length of the flue – When adding extensions or bends to the flue, you’ll need to be made aware by the engineer of how far it will run. For example, a 45 degree bend will add another metre to the overall length.
Also be aware that if too many extensions are added, there’ll be too much flue distance for the gases to escape and your boiler won’t be able to perform at maximum capacity. Maximum flue length does change between each boiler as well.
For example, for the Viessmann Vitodens 050-W 29kw it is 15m, but the 35kw version has a maximum of 20m. This is down to health and safety reasons, but every manufacturer will have their own criteria. For this example we’re just talking about the reliable Viessmann brand.
If you’d like to know more about some of the best boilers currently available on the market, why not take a look at one of our previous posts:
- Which Boiler is Best
- Best Combi Boilers 2020
- Viessmann vs Worcester Bosch
- Changing to a Combi Boiler
- Viessmann Vitodens 050 Review
- Viessmann Vitodens 100-W Review
Boiler Flue Regulations – How much do flue extensions cost?
Details of flue extension costs should always be covered in quotes you receive so that you know exactly what you’re getting at the end.
However, you can always use the following details for a vertical flue as a basic outline of what you might be charged for.
The average vertical flue needs:
- 1 x Vertical Flue Pipe – £63
- 1 x Lead Slate – £30
- 3 x Flue Extensions – £22 each
- 3 x Flue Brackets – £15 for both
- 2 x 45 degree bends – £35 for both
- 1 x Firestop Plate – £10
*These prices are a guide only and are subject to change depending on the retailer.