Last updated 24th May, 2023
Want to know the price of getting rid of a gas fire from your home?
In this guide, we’ll discuss the price of removing of gas fire based on various jobs, as well as additional costs, the steps involved, and whether planning permission is required, among other relevant subjects.
The average cost of removing a gas fire is £60 to £90, while to remove a hearth costs about £250 to £500, and removing a chimney lands about £1100 to £1600.
Among the factors for the cost of removing a gas fire, there are:
|Job Description||Labour Cost||Waste Removal Cost||Total Cost|
|Remove a Gas Fire||£60 to £90||-||£60 to £90|
|Remove a Hearth||£170 to £350||£80 to £150||£250 to £500|
|Remove a Chimney||£930 to £1450||£80 to £150||£1100 to £1600|
*Waste removal expenses can vary.
To expand, assessing waste removal costs of an old gas fire removal is not straightforward as some contractors/companies will simply include this as part of their overall cost. However, if you were to hire a rubbish removal team, you’d be looking at paying about £80 to £150 for a removal. As for the cost of hiring a skip, this may land somewhere between £100 and £500.
There are a range of added jobs that you may choose to pay for along with having a gas fire installed. Let’s take a closer look at some prominent examples.
You may wish to fit a gas cooker since it offers plenty of benefits over installing an electric hob. However, specific regulations would apply in this place. It’s also essential that a Gas Safe registered engineer who is qualified and competent installs a gas cooker.
If you’ve purchased the freestanding gas cooker yourself but want a professional to fit it, you’re looking at paying about £75 to £100 in total. While paying for a supply & fit of a gas cooker would cost around £300 to £600 altogether.
While these certs are legally required for landlords, other homeowners may also be interested in having this cert, such as if you’re planning to sell your property.
This job involves inspecting a property before a cert is handed over. The following steps are involved:
It costs about £60 to £90 to receive a property inspection and gas safety cert. Issues may, however, be highlighted that you’ll need to pay a certified professional to fix.
Individual costs of removing a gas fire - Total Cost: £75
In most cases, the cost of labour will make up most of the cost, along with any waste removal expenses that may apply. As for supply costs, these may not apply.
Gas safety engineers tend to charge about £100 to £150 per hour. As for the work itself, it will take anywhere from two to eight hours to have a gas fire removed. As for the work duration, you can expect this task to take between two and eight hours.
The factors that would increase the removal of gas fire cost of labour and work duration are:
As with any trades work, there are a range of cost factors that can shape the overall price of removing a gas fire. Here are some common factors.
The size and type of gas fire is relevant since this will affect how long it takes to remove the gas fire and perhaps the cost of supplies used for removal. The longer the work lasts, the higher labour costs will inevitably be.
As for the work area itself, this is important given that the more accessible and easier the work area is to work with the gas fire is (or the other fittings that are being removed), the quicker, and therefore likely cheaper, the job will be.
As for where you live, this is relevant since labour prices differ across the UK. Prices tend to be higher in the southeast of England (London being among the dearest), while costs are generally lower in places like northern England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
This is an important consideration since labour prices can vary substantially. The reason that labour prices differ is because labourers face different living costs depending on the region.
This is what you can expect when removing a gas fire:
First and foremost, you’ll need to hire a gas safety registered engineer to undertake the work. You could find an individual contractor or a company. It is worth obtaining three quotes for gas fire removal or/and asking your friends and family members for some suggestions. It’s also best to get some references before choosing a contractor/company. With these steps, you can improve your chances of getting good bang for your buck.
Again, this part must be undertaken by a certified professional. The gas connection must be turned off safely before the fire itself is removed. This is achieved by initially turning off the gas to a property at the main valves (this will ensure there’s no risk of a leak). Next, a crowbar can be used to remove the trim and mantel surrounding the insert.
The gas line can be removed once reached before wiggling the insert from the fireplace and taking it out. Once the gas fire is disconnected, the wall and pipe can be sealed up. It’s critical that the retaining gas pipes are made safe.
Of course, the exact nature of the process can vary. The above description is generally what takes place but it will depend on the gas fire in question, the individual hired (and their specific approach), and whether any additional work is needed.
If any waste removal is needed, this will take place once the gas fire has been removed and the area sealed up. Either way, the area will need to be cleaned up before the job is entirely complete.
As mentioned, unfortunately this work can only be undertaken by a gas safety registered engineer. Aside from its illegality, removing a gas fire DIY can risk fire and the inhalation of dangerous gases.
As for building regulations, once a professional undertakes the work you should be in the all clear. However, if you are a landlord and will maintain some gas works, you will need a gas safety certificate.
In terms of planning permission, approval would only be needed in particular circumstances such as if you live in a listed building. With regards to building regulations or planning permission, if you have any doubts, it is best to contact your local council. More information can be found on the Planning Portal, which applies to those resident in England and Wales. However, if you’re based in Scotland or Northern Ireland, the rules may differ.
Finding the right person for the job is obviously an important consideration if you want to get solid value for money. It goes without saying since you’d need to hire a gas safety registered engineer; you can more than expect a great quality of service but there’s a few ways to make sure you’re not only getting optimal quality but a good price.
As mentioned earlier, a gas safety registered engineer is likely to charge around £100 to £150 an hour.
When hiring a professional, you may want to consider these questions:
To become a gas safety registered engineer, an individual must:
You can confirm that a person is a gas safety registered engineer by using the Gas Safe Register website, which is exactly what it says on the tin.