Elderly mother in law rang recently saying she had been told by a plumber that her boiler was unsafe and needed replacing and that the current position built into a wall requires it to be moved. He quoted 6k for a new boiler and moving it. I have looked and even though she is blind and deaf and wheel chair bound as she has savings she has no benefits and therefore can't get a free boiler on one of these schemes you hear all the time about. Another relative rang someone from the yellow pages who has just quoted £8k for a new boiler in a new position but his guy said my mother in law who is disabled and needs to aids and facilities in her home that she needs to move out for an entire week or more to have the work done, tbh it sounds like he wants to replumb the whole house from scratch small old 2 bed house.
What with it being winter I am worried that these people are pressure selling over winter when the elderly think they have to have the work done and pay what ever, I do not now if the people who gave the quotes know each other they do live locally. Also the quotes being rounded sums of exactly 6 and 8k I thought was odd.
I read the other day that boilers on average cost 1.5k, the room the boiler is in/next to is a room which has an external wall so its not miles it needs to move. If the boiler is built into a wall I am suprised it would be that hard to move and if the case couldn't you disconnect and reroute all lines to the new one and leave the old one.in situ?
Another relative tried to get british gas round and had issue/delay, maybe they will offer honest quote?
The boiler is approx 20 years old and 7 new radiators were added to system 6 years ago no issues rased then with boiler. No issue with boiler full stop in 20 years this 'first' guy was just recommented to come service it and said there was issue.