How to Move a Boiler Into the Basement

Boilers are often too heavy to carry down basement stairs by hand, even with a team of workers.
Reduce labor strain with a mechanized dolly.Reduce labor strain with a mechanized dolly.
To avoid strain, injury or property damage, use a motorized stair-climbing dolly to transport the boiler downstairs. Stair-climbing dollies are designed to carry up to 850 lbs. , reducing the need for manpower and ensuring safe transport. You can rent these dollies from moving-truck-rental companies.

Step 1

Measure the boiler and the basement entryway to ensure there is enough space to move the boiler through. If necessary, remove boiler components using a screwdriver or wrench.

Step 2

Tape foam padding or bubble wrap around the edges of the boiler to prevent scuffing walls or doorways that the boiler brushes against.

Step 3

Test the dolly’s battery by turning it on. If the dolly doesn’t start moving or moves slowly, turn it off and replace the battery. Test the dolly again until it moves when you turn it on.

Step 4

Carefully slide the dolly’s bottom panel underneath the boiler. Secure the boiler in place with the dolly’s straps. Tighten them securely to prevent the boiler from shifting or slipping during movement.

Step 5

Position the dolly so that the handle faces up and the dolly’s wheels rest at the top of the steps.

Step 6

Stand behind the dolly and hold on to the handle. Turn the dolly on and slowly step down the stairs as it automatically climbs down. Turn off the dolly when you reach the foot of the stairs.

Step 7

Roll the boiler to its desired location using the dolly. Alternately, remove the boiler from the dolly and slide it in place, using cardboard sheets to make a smooth gliding path.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver or wrench (optional)
  • Foam padding or bubble wrap
  • Masking tape
  • Motorized stair-climbing dolly
  • Cardboard sheets

Tip

  • Removing parts from the boiler will lighten it, making it easier to transport.

About the Author

Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.