All you need to know about installing a gas fire including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
Gas fires are cheaper to run than electrical heaters and also heat up much quicker, so it's no real surprise that they are very popular! However, unlike some electrical heaters which can simply be plugged in to a wall socket, mains gas appliances need to be connected by a Gas Safe registered engineer for important safety and legal reasons. Connecting up a gas fire may seem relatively simple, but unless you are Gas Safe registered, it is also illegal (and possibly dangerous). So when buying a gas fire which needs a mains gas supply, you should remember to factor in the installation costs to your budget. It's also important to note that many retailers will offer an installation service, but this often not the cheapest option, though may be the easiest, you have to decide what is more important to you. To help with these decisions, we have provided some typical prices for your information.
While you have a gas safe engineer on-site anyway, it may be worth asking them to carry out any checks or regular maintenance at the same time, as there could well be a small discount offered for saving them having to call-out to the property again. If having an old gas fire removed, be aware that you may need to redecorate afterwards if the fire or the surround was fixed to the wall. A plasterer may also be required if the plasterwork is damaged during the removal. Remember also that not all gas fires are suitable for all types of flue or chimney, if you choose a gas fire which is not suitable for the existing flue/chimney, you may need to have the chimney lined and tested.
You don't necessarily need to have a chimney to have a gas fire, there are currently three types of gas fire that do not need a chimney or flue. Flueless gas fires are designed to work without any sort of flue and often use catalytic converters to change the gas combustion products into harmless vapour which can be safely vented into the room. Balanced flue gas fires evacuate the combustion products and allow in air for combustion through the wall behind the fire. These fires are completely sealed from the room and usually have a glass front through which you can see the flame. Power flue gas fires use a fan to move the combustion gases to the outside world and are often used where a conventional chimney or flue is too small. You should check with your gas safe engineer to determine the flue and ventilation requirements.
Trying to fit a gas fire or other appliance yourself, or getting an unqualified handyman to do it, is not only dangerous, it could end up increasing the cost of the job when you have to get a gas safe engineer in to fix your bodge job, then do it properly. You can find gas safe engineers by clicking the "Get Quotes" button!
The prices displayed here for gas fire installations have been collated from a number of different sources, including manufacturers and retailers which offer installation services, plus local Gas Safe contractors and national companies. Your location can affect the price considerably, however despite the installation cost and rising fuel prices, mains gas remains one of the cheapest ways to heat your home.
The average material cost to install a gas fire for your home will depend on the price and model of the gas fire as well as any extra required pipework to install.
The average heating specialist will usually charge around £150 to £200 per day in labour with the job of fitting a gas fire normally taking around 2-3 hours, unless there are any issues with installation.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a gas safe engineer to install a gas fire:
|Job Description||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|Install gas fire - fit only||£50-£100||1-2 hours|
|Remove gas fire & install new wall hung flueless gas fire||£100-£150||2-3 hours|
|Carry out an annual service on a living room gas fire||£60-£100||1-2 hours|
|Remove gas fire and cap off gas pipe||£50-£100||1-2 hours|
Individual costs of installing a new gas fire including extra pipework - Total Cost: £100