Oil to gas conversion -- UPDATED

edited 27 November 2014 at 11:57AM in N. Ireland
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edited 27 November 2014 at 11:57AM in N. Ireland
Hello all

I've had 3 quotes for converting from oil to gas. They have all come in at around £3000. This seems quite expensive to me.

The house has 16 radiators, each plumber said that it was a straight forward job, no major pipework to be done, no radiators to be replaced.

So the price includes boiler, new valves on radiators and a wireless controller.

I priced the boiler online and it is about £1200, valves are maybe £10 to £20 pounds each, so the rest of the price is labour, which will be no more than two days.

Can anyone else who has had a conversion done and have a similar number of radiators, let me know how much you paid for yours?

Thanks
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  • CottaCotta Forumite
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    gerdo wrote: »
    Hello all

    I've had 3 quotes for converting from oil to gas. They have all come in at around £3000. This seems quite expensive to me.

    The house has 16 radiators, each plumber said that it was a straight forward job, no major pipework to be done, no radiators to be replaced.

    So the price includes boiler, new valves on radiators and a wireless controller.

    I priced the boiler online and it is about £1200, valves are maybe £10 to £20 pounds each, so the rest of the price is labour, which will be no more than two days.

    Can anyone else who has had a conversion done and have a similar number of radiators, let me know how much you paid for yours?

    Thanks

    What were the three quotes exactly?
  • gerdogerdo Forumite
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    They were £3150 £2950 and I think the 3rd one was £3100
  • CottaCotta Forumite
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    gerdo wrote: »
    They were £3150 £2950 and I think the 3rd one was £3100

    Yes they are very similar with a £200 swing between the highest and the lowest. Have the companies in question justified their prices to you and have you spoken to anyone who has had similar work done?
  • BigAl94BigAl94 Forumite
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    Cotta wrote: »
    have you spoken to anyone who has had similar work done?


    I think that's what the OP is trying to do?
  • I paid £2200 for my conversion and that was just for the boiler - I already had the valves etc on the system. Also, that was net of a £500 grant from Phoenix. I priced the boiler at £1350. To be honest, when i saw the job that was done I thought it was good value
  • CottaCotta Forumite
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    BigAl94 wrote: »
    I think that's what the OP is trying to do?

    Sometimes a view from someone in person can be better than what maybe skimmed off a forum, especially if the person spoken to is from the same area.
  • gerdogerdo Forumite
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    I dont know anyone who has had the conversion done so my only way of comparing the cost is to ask on here.
  • CEON44CEON44 Forumite
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    I know someone who had Firmus installed, in an ex-executive house. total cost to him was £1900
    I started out with nothing......And still have most of it left:p
  • gerdogerdo Forumite
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    Maybe I'm missing something, but I didnt think the price would vary an awful lot between a small house and a large one.

    The majority of the work is in replacing the boiler, removing the hot water tank and oil tank, and doing whatever needs done in the roofspace. So all houses need this done, so even though I have a large number of radiators, I didnt think that the labour would be significantly more.
  • edited 23 October 2014 at 4:33PM
    stevieboy11stevieboy11 Forumite
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    Theres quite a difference in price if you need a more powerful boiler for a larger house - we could have saved £400 if we'd gone for the next model down but wanted to make sure we had the capacity. I already had a mains pressure system so didnt need any tanks removed, but the installers did put right a lot of problems from the original oil install. Also, they fitted a water filter which hadnt been there on the old system

    We went for one of these - well recommended, came with a seven year warranty, and more than powerful enough for 22 radiators including four large verticals. http://www.worcester-bosch.co.uk/homeowner/boilers/gas-boilers/greenstar-40cdi-classic-regular
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