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Boiler FAQ blog post by B&R Heating Ltd

Boiler FAQ

Find out what we get asked about in our Boiler FAQ:

Can You Fit a Boiler in a Kitchen Cupboard?

The short answer is yes, but there are other factors to consider before deciding where to place your boiler and our Boiler FAQ is here to help. If you’re looking for commercial boilers in Plymouth, boiler installation in Plymouth, boiler repair in Plymouth or boiler servicing in Plymouth, we can help! Don’t forget to consider fire safety standards, leave plenty of space for servicing and maintenance, and check the manufacturer’s instructions around fueling and ventilation (read on below for more information). 

Does a Boiler Cupboard Need Ventilation?

This is a common question for our Boiler FAQ. A source of ventilation is a necessity for boiler cupboards, providing a steady stream of cooling air and ensuring your boiler works efficiently to combust fuel and produce heat. The exact amount of ventilation needed will depend on the type of boiler — pay special attention to the manufacturer’s guidance for your particular model. Get in contact with us to know more about boiler installation in Plymouth and we can help guide you.

Don’t forget to ensure there’s a minimum of 50mm space between your boiler and the top, bottom and edges of the inside of the cupboard, allowing easy access to your boiler for day-to-day use and annual servicing.

How Long Does It Take to Fit a Boiler?

There are several factors that will have an impact, including whether you already have a boiler installed and the type of model, whether it needs relocating, and what type of fuel it uses. These all have various tolls on how long it takes to fit a boiler, get in contact with us to learn more about boiler installation in Plymouth. 

As an estimate however, installing a new boiler will generally take between six hours and four days. If you need help finding the right boiler for you, why not take a look at our boilers & fuel page to get a better idea? 

Does My Boiler Need to be Fitted on an External Wall?

Your boiler should ideally be located on or next to an external wall, which will allow any waste gases to escape safely and easily outside through the fuel duct. Because of government regulations, the fuel needs to be placed around 30 to 60cms away from any openings where air can enter your home from outside, such as windows or doors. 

Other factors to consider when deciding on the best location for your boiler is how close you want it to be to household appliances that use hot water — the nearer they are to your boiler, the faster it will be able to reach them. 

How Can I Cover Boiler Pipes in My Kitchen?

If you’re tired of the sight of boiler pipes in your home, you’ve probably considered covering them up to make your space tidier. If that’s your plan, it’s vital to ensure your boiler and pipework have the ventilation they need to make sure all of their components can run safely. Plus, whatever materials you use to cover the pipes should meet requirements around fire safety. Don’t forget that your boiler will also still need to be accessible enough to be reached when it’s time for its annual service.

We offer boiler installation, boiler repairs, and boiler maintenance on all commercial and domestic boilers in Plymouth. If you need our assistance, give us a call on 01752 695050 or visit us at

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