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combi boiler help info

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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
looking to have a combi boiler fitted in new year , been told to use baxi make , but there are several of them available in a range of price , i only have a small sized 3 bed house , so how do i know which one is adequate for me , was thinking of buying off ebay as they seem cheapest but frightened to ask the buyers for help incase i get ill advised just to secure a sale

anyone have any knowledge of these things or better still recomend a boiler for my needs
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
My mam recently had the same problem and believe it or not the best advice she got was from B&Q. Went in, had a chat with one of their sales staff and got some great tips. In the end they even advised her on one they didn't actually stock so were getting nothing from it.

She also had British Gas out for a quote, the quote in terms of price was naff but the advice on size and type was good apparently.

Maybe worth a try.
#2
mmm interesting , i am a former employee of theirs so may go down and have a word with a few ex colleagues of mine

thanks for jogging my memory:thumbsup:
#3
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#5
Noooo, don't go for a Baxi. Our housing association only go with Vaillant, or at a push Worcester Bosch. We have had awful experiences with Baxi. Give me some more info on the size of your place and I will let you know the best option.
#6
Just read the thread in more detail. For a 3 bed (small to mid size), go for t a Vaillant Ecotec Plus 824 or 827 (the 827 has greater flow rate on the HW side). :thumbsup:
#7
http://assuredheating.com/boilers/ecoTEC937_313.jpg

They look like this. They have stainless steel heat exchangers and burners and are very efficient. They are a seriously good quality piece of kit! We have used many different brands over the years, but for the past 6 years have stuck with these and I can honestly say, we have had no problems at all, they are superb.

Good luck!
#8
Foxy102
http://assuredheating.com/boilers/ecoTEC937_313.jpg

They look like this. They have stainless steel heat exchangers and burners and are very efficient. They are a seriously good quality piece of kit! We have used many different brands over the years, but for the past 6 years have stuck with these and I can honestly say, we have had no problems at all, they are superb.

Good luck!


many thanks for your input ,it is much appreciated in a project that i have no experience in
cheers and beers:santa:
#9
I will second Vailant for being a good make, I got a ecomax and it halved my gas bill
#10
The size and spec you need is dependant on the BTU required for each room and if you wanna run a shower from it etc etc.

I'd get British Gas out for a free quote and get the specifications from them - it will save you from calculating it yourself!
#11
Good idea to get them to do the donkeywork before you buy, but please be aware that the specification of boilers these days isn't rocket science.

Most modern boilers are fully modulating which means while the boiler will have the capacity to produce the maximum output required (the 824 is 24kw and the 831 is 31kw) this is modulated down depending to the conditions and usage required. It is worth remembering though that the a boiler running at full capacity is more efficient than one running at 3/4, due to the condensing function of boilers (where the steam coming out is converted to hot water and recycled through the boiler).

Don't go over complex with the controls unless you have a degree in computer science (go for the timeclock that attaches to the front).:thumbsup:

This is a handy leaflet...

http://www.vaillant.co.uk/stepone2/data/downloads/06/43/00/ecoTEC_plus_combination_consumer_leaflet.pdf
#12
Some good points there Foxy - put better than I ever could.
#13
Dont wanna confuse you but.
The bigger the boiler the faster it will fill the bath with hot water. A smaller and cheaper boiler will take ages to fill (called the flow rate as said above)
Valliant is indeed an excellent boiler and bosch too but bear in mind the more the flow rate the bigger the boiler usually and looks massive in a smallish kitchen although if you can relocate it in your airing cupboard upstairs or attic this is fine.
Not to confuse matters but pick a combi where the curcuit board is protected by plastic from the heat exchanger as this dries out the circuit board and hence breaks down (common fault on combis)
However being an ex builder and retired now 3 yrs ago maybe most combis have this protection but as of 3 years ago the only one that had was called an ALPHA boiler and is indeed an excellent boiler @ terrific prices too.
Hope this helps
Peter
#14
We had a new Valliant combi boiler fitted in November, very pleased with it.

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