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    Combi Boiler Quote

    Hi
    We had a leak yesterday coming from the hot water cylinder. Plumber called, measured up and quoted £685 for replacement cylinder! Bit steep, so now thinking about getting a new combi-boiler instead as the current conventional boiler is about 12 years old.

    Anyway, got a quote of £1950 for:

    Vaillant EcoTEC Pro 28 boiler
    Remote thermostat
    TRV's on radiators
    New flue as the current one is in the wrong place
    Old tanks removed
    Pipes moving in the kitchen

    Can't think of anything else... is £1950 expensive or reasonable? I think the boiler itself is around £800-900.

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    If this includes vat reasonable price
    Make sure includes VAT and flushing these have known to be added on at end by accident




    Edited by: "DEALWARRIOR" 1st Mar 2011

    £1000 materials (maybe a bit over)
    £950 labour

    What cylinder was the replacement cylinder?

    Boilers2gomay give you an idea on the price of a boiler.

    Original Poster

    DEALWARRIOR

    If this includes vat reasonable price8)



    I hope it includes VAT! Gonna give him a call in a bit and check

    Ps Since everthing will be working at mains pressure, if your taps are very old/tired it may be worth you getting them changed while the plumbers are there and the pipes are drained

    Original Poster

    Starr

    £1000 materials (maybe a bit over)£950 labourWhat cylinder was the r … £1000 materials (maybe a bit over)£950 labourWhat cylinder was the replacement cylinder?



    the hot water cylinder was an indirect copper 36"x16" (not sure of anything else as I'm not a plumber lol) he said it was difficult to find one that size, but found one for £400... i found them for an average of £200 online so I thought it was way overpriced. He did say he'd replace the cold water tank valve though as it was noisy but surely wouldn't have cost much.

    Starr

    £1000 materials (maybe a bit over)



    I'm a fitter and would say materials for this kind of job would be nearer £1300, they would also get about £150 for the scrappy doo
    Edited by: "pinkleponkle" 1st Mar 2011

    pinkleponkle

    I'm a fitter and would say materials for this kind of job would be nearer … I'm a fitter and would say materials for this kind of job would be nearer £1300



    How much can you get a pro 28 for?

    My Landlord just paid £1700 to have a similar job done (diff model combi, but very similar).

    Took 1 day with 2 plumbers and 1 labourer.

    Also included a powerflush and magnaclean install (not sure what that does!).

    The wireless thermostat thing is crap and doesn't work, so they are replacing that soon.

    Edited by: "TUSSFC" 1st Mar 2011

    Banned

    We paid £1700 for our worcester bosch CDi 30... to be installed (in a different location) so all new copperwork, cylinder removed, cold water storage removed, new TVRs on all rads, Rad power clean, Water softener....


    Took 2 plumbers 2 days and they worked extremely hard... money well spend

    Original Poster

    Seems like you got it for a good price! The pipes needing to be moved in the kitchen aren't much, they just need lowering beneath worktop level as we're getting a new kitchen so would rather them be out of sight. The boiler is being moved up onto the wall as the current one is floor standing so pipe's shouldnt need moving that far either.

    I wouldn't know where to find other plumbers for more quotes, he's reccomended and supposed to be good. The only problem was the original £685 quote for a cylinder swap

    The £685 might not be as bad as you think.

    Cylinders are quite expensive you know. Could of been £450 materials and £235 labour. Next time you speak to him ask him if if the boiler change includes VAT and what cylinder did the £685 include.

    If the plumber has been recommend then stick with him, ask him to give you a breakdown of costs before work starts, so you can clearly see what is materials and what is labour.

    Banned


    krato

    Seems like you got it for a good price! The pipes needing to be moved in … Seems like you got it for a good price! The pipes needing to be moved in the kitchen aren't much, they just need lowering beneath worktop level as we're getting a new kitchen so would rather them be out of sight. The boiler is being moved up onto the wall as the current one is floor standing so pipe's shouldnt need moving that far either.I wouldn't know where to find other plumbers for more quotes, he's reccomended and supposed to be good. The only problem was the original £685 quote for a cylinder swap



    It wasn't just a slight position change - it was being moved to another room altogether - so lots of copper too!

    Worth looking to see what, if any grants are available from your local council or call these people. We got one a few years ago from our council when we changed to a combi; its always worth asking!

    Original Poster

    Just called, he said the price is inclusive of everything, VAT & flushing... also asked about the TRV's in the living room/dining room as he said they weren't required. The thermostat will be kept in the hall like the old one as it's the coldest room. I always thought it was best to have TRV's in the living/dining because the hall thermastat won't know what temp it is in there

    Original Poster

    kingy58

    Worth looking to see what, if any grants are available from your local … Worth looking to see what, if any grants are available from your local council or call these people. We got one a few years ago from our council when we changed to a combi; its always worth asking!



    Thanks, do you usually have to have their own plumbers to fit it or can you have your own?

    I think this is a good price, I paid a little less than this a couple of years back, but the job was not as good as it should have been. Considering though, british gas are usually double if not a bit more!!

    My cylinder was the problem last time, the plumbers in my area said there was a 3 month waiting list if i wanted it changed, but if I wanted a new boiler it could be done within the week. We all know where the money is ay!

    krato

    Just called, he said the price is inclusive of everything, VAT & … Just called, he said the price is inclusive of everything, VAT & flushing... also asked about the TRV's in the living room/dining room as he said they weren't required. The thermostat will be kept in the hall like the old one as it's the coldest room. I always thought it was best to have TRV's in the living/dining because the hall thermastat won't know what temp it is in there



    One thing about this, I think they always put these things on but I am not sure they are nessacary, my plumber would not do the job if I did not have them, but he didnt fit 3 out of 7!!

    We only had TRV's on the upstairs rads in the bedrooms - apparently this is the legal minimum? As we only rent, we were not in a position to demand they were put on every rad in the house which was a shame.
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