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Old 13-03-2021, 10:54   #16
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Re: New boiler recommendations

Had ours 14 years now, only problems were with the condensate pipe freezing over in winter because the fitters had put one of the external pipes level, instead of at a slight incline.

Yearly service, no problems.

Not everything modern is badly built, or everything older well-built - you get mostly) what you pay for.

I’d rather have my modern unrusty safety-cage crumple zoned anti-lock braked car than a 70s rust bucket death trap like a Marina, Allegro, or Maestro,
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Re: New boiler recommendations

How about a Vitodens 200-W combination boiler?

If you are anywhere in the SE I can recommend a fitter too.
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Re: New boiler recommendations

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Hi all,


I moved into a new place last year and the boiler is about 20 years old and isn't operating as efficiently as it should. No surprise really seeing it's age.


I'm keen to get it replaced in the summer and wondered what you would all recommend.


The current setup: A system boiler with hot water cylinder in the airing cupboard upstairs. There are then water tanks in the loft that I'm keen to get out of there too.


What I would like is a new combi boiler and to rip out the old tanks in the loft and also the big hot water cylinder which would free up space.


It is a 4 bedroom house, one bathroom with bath, and one en suite which has a shower.
We would quite like to be able to have baths and shower at the same time so I'm thinking it's going to have to be a pretty powerful Combi.



What would you guys recommend? Thanks in advance for your replies.
Going back to the OP - we have a Worcester Bosch Greenstar 24ri, and it manages two power showers at the same time.
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Old 15-03-2021, 10:53   #19
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Re: New boiler recommendations

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We've had our Worcester Bosch combi 8.5 years now, we get it serviced every year to keep it under waranty, the only thing to have gone wrong with it was the timer a few months ago, but that wasn't too expensive to have done.



Thankyou everyone for your replies.




We've been quoted a Bosch Worcester 8000 Style 40KW Boiler with 12 years parts and labor guarantee.


I've already had a leak in the loft so am keen to get all water pipes and tanks out of there.

A house two doors away from us is bigger than ours and says they dont have any issues running a bath and shower together and they went for a Combi.
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Re: New boiler recommendations

One further factor is the older combi's can run on softened water in the heating circuit where newer models need to be fed standard hard water (doesn't affect soft water areas) so either you need to bypass the softener while topping the heating circuit or use the direct feed most softeners are provided with and plumb heating feed into that.


New boilers will(should) have some form of manufacturers cover and getting extra cover should be cheaper than covering an older boiler. We want to try to keep our old unit (still running at A rate efficiency) while we can for the above paragraph reasons as well as not spending thousands we don't need to yet.
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Re: New boiler recommendations

If you don't already have them, any new installation should include TRVs on all radiators.

They help a lot with keeping costs down too (if you can convince your kids to shut the bl**dy doors after they go through them).
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Re: New boiler recommendations

All the TVR's I had installed (British Gas) buggered up after a couple of years. I replaced the lot with ordinary valves and had no problems since.

I've had quotes for a new boiler over the last few years and all insisted I had to have TVR's fitted . . I'm still keeping the old boiler limping along
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All the TVR's I had installed (British Gas) buggered up after a couple of years. I replaced the lot with ordinary valves and had no problems since.

I've had quotes for a new boiler over the last few years and all insisted I had to have TVR's fitted . . I'm still keeping the old boiler limping along
Sadly there comes at time when cosmetic surgery/valve replacements no longer work and one is forced to admit age and gravity have taken over and one has no choice but to replace the old boiler with a new model
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Re: New boiler recommendations

Already done that twice in the past

Sadly, although I'm very interested in taking on a newer model with better aesthetics and appealing attributes, they also seem to be more expensive to maintain while satisfying my needs.

I guess the old boiler I have will keep me going with the application of WD40, gaffer tape and occasional words of encouragement
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Re: New boiler recommendations

Thought I'd update this thread:


So we went for a new Combi Boiler, the Worcester 8000 Style 40KW.


This came with 12 years warranty and I now have it in my utility room instead of my kitchen which is great.


So the whole important question: What is it like?


Well the hot water pressure is a lot better. My wife loves the shower which was previously fed from the hot water tank.
We can have a bath and a shower without any issues.


If you do run a lot of water (maybe two baths and a shower) it can take a little while to reheat for another bath but that is not an issue.


Airing cupboard is now fully shelved and no big tank in there anymore.


Overall a good outcome.
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