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Can anyone recommend a boiler?

  • 18 February 2017
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Time for a new gas boiler for us. We like having a tank of water at the ready, so a standard gas boiler is what I'm after. No heat exchange; not suitable at my location. Please can you OVO, as energy experts, recommend a quality boiler which I can then request be sourced and installed by my chosen engineer?

I'm after efficiency, reliability, and control. Ideally, with remote activation capability and programming via a proven-secured app.

Thanks,
H.R. (Wokingham)
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Best answer by Aadil 23 February 2017, 22:23

Brand wise I'd recommend worchester boilers. You pay more but that's worth the peace of mind. Sure they do a straight forward boiler. Mine's a combi but the remote add on pack was easy to install as all their boilers are digital interfaces so easy to sort out. Let us know what you go with 😊
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Great topic to get started denigor777!

As we don't make boilers it's not something we can directly give advice on, however I'm sure other customers will be able to help with recommendations and guidance.

Thanks for getting stuck in and posting. We appreciate it. If you have a moment, why not add a profile pic and head over to the introduce yourself topic.

Many thanks again for getting involved.

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Brand wise I'd recommend worchester boilers. You pay more but that's worth the peace of mind. Sure they do a straight forward boiler. Mine's a combi but the remote add on pack was easy to install as all their boilers are digital interfaces so easy to sort out. Let us know what you go with 😊
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Brand wise I'd recommend worchester boilers. You pay more but that's worth the peace of mind. Sure they do a straight forward boiler. Mine's a combi but the remote add on pack was easy to install as all their boilers are digital interfaces so easy to sort out. Let us know what you go with 😊

Sounds like good advice, denigor777 - thanks Aadil!

Just noticed that you don't have a profile picture either. Add one so users can spot your reply and recognise who it's from.

Keep up the good work!

Tim
My Alpha CD25C combi boiler was new in 2007 and my plumber tells me it now needs a new expansion tank. It needs re-pressurising several times a day, always first thing in the morning after its been off overnight or when I return from being away.
He says its a difficult boiler to replace the tank on and suggested just adding a second expansion tank but there is nowhere to put one without wrecking my house!

Does anyone here know how easy/costly it is to fit a new expansion tank to this model of boiler? Its situated in a kitchen cupboard, wall mounted. Looking online, the expansion tank is only £67.50 but from what my plumber says, I presume labour charges would bump the cost up considerably and it could be a 'can of worms' with other parts needing replacement if its disturbed...

Would it be more sensible to replace the boiler? I want to be as eco as possible and use renewables (I'm on 100% renewable with Ovo) but if I get solar panels my roof needs replacing first, so its too costly. I've decided that I would get a Worcester Bosch Greenstar 30SI compact to fit in the space this one vacates if a replacement expansion tank is not viable for a boiler that is now nearly 12 years old.

Any advice or experience of this would be welcome- thanks
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Any advice or experience of this would be welcome- thanks



@denigor777 any advice from your experience that you could offer @Harmony ?

How about you @Solarpayz @Coeur de lion @jdenver
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@Harmony you'll not go wrong with the Worcester. Great boiler and very reliable. I've had no issues at all.
That was my experience too Aadil so it will definitely be Worcester Bosch if I replace. But am first trying to decide whether it’s good money after bad to fix the current Alpha boiler
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That was my experience too Aadil so it will definitely be Worcester Bosch if I replace. But am first trying to decide whether it’s good money after bad to fix the current Alpha boiler


Once they start to die it's usually an ongoing, slow, painfully and expensive death lol. Sometimes best to get rid and save that energy
Ah- thanks Aadil, thats what I was wondering. I'm estimating £200 -£300 to replace the expansion tank versus £1300 or so for new WB Greenstar 30SI boiler with labour?
One more question!! Would you advise the extra cost of using a certified Worcester Bosch installer to get the extra warranty or are the WB boilers still so reliable that I can 'risk' using a non certified local heating engineer?
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Oooh well I know the pump warranty from bosch is valid based on boiler purchase not the installer. They are incredibly reliable!
Thanks, very helpful!
No big complaints with our new Worcester Greenstar conventionsl boiler after 2 years now. It comes with a small wall-mounted lcd control panel that is not that simple to use, but you get there after a while. These days such things should all be wifi (or at least Bluetooth) adapted to work with an app, so it's a let down that this one wasn't.

We have it in the garage, supplying one bathroom, two under-floor rings, downstairs loo, utility room and kitchen (except for rings, via a storage tank upstairs).

That it is mounted up and out of the way is s great bonus these days. All space counts.

I do wonder if such boilers could one day be mounted on a discreet outside wall instead of inside. Or if there's some reason not to.
I will be getting a combi again as have a small 3 bed house and usually just two of us max here. Good to hear the WB conventional boiler is as good as the combi though. It’s sounding like best for me to ditch the 12 yr old Alpha rather than replace the expansion tank and get the WB Greenstar 30SI that will fit in the same place and do the job.

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