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Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by MarcusG, 26 Jan 2020.

  1. MarcusG

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    Whilst I appreciate the focus here is DIY! My intention on this is to use a gas safe contractor!

    I need to replace a Potterton suprima 50 and as funds are low I have been looking at a vokera boiler, any thoughts on this manufacturer or their boilers? In addition to the boiler change and a system flush, what would be recommended to added or changed?

    Thanks Marcus
     
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    What's wrong with the Potterton? Parts are still available, they're usually fairly easy to fix
     
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  4. MarcusG

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    Its 20 years old and I appreciate parts are still available! Not sure however I want to pay £280 for PCB if of course its that?
     
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    Old doesn't always mean replacement is required, and if it can be repaired for a few £100s, why would you want to spend 10x more on a new boiler?
     
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    As said easy to repair and parts widely available, but if you're still wanting a new unit that's cheap and reliable, look at the Ideal Atlantic.
     
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    If you do replace your boiler you will need a magnetic filter installed also at boiler. Makes a good point for dosing chemicals and protects the boiler from magnetite and other dirt particles. Generally the norm now to be installed and boilers often have better warranty.
    From what I hear, Vokera isn’t a great boiler.
    Ask the gas installers you are getting quotes from for their choice.
    Your system might be best sealed if presently open vented - either use a system boiler or a boiler that can have sealed components outside the casing (if you had space for such, like in a large cupboard or garage, etc) or a combi, as they are sealed.
    I would also suggest any modifications to system are done at same time, - new rads or rad valves, etc and new updated controls
     
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  9. MarcusG

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    I take your point and I have considered it, but as I said all significants parts are all around £200+.
     
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    Thank you, Its currently open vented and I have a cylinder for hot water. I was minded to go like for like as I have two power showers attached.
     
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    Okay. If the heating system is sound and can take the extra pressure, it will be far superior to have a sealed heating system.
    No air absorbing or air in rads problems and less corrosion. Also easier to work on
     
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    I am not sure what you mean by sealed? Do you mean a system boiler with the loft tanks removed?
     
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    Either the Vokera easi-heat plus 18V or Mynute 20 VHE would be a straight open vent swap, they both need a permanent live but your Suprima will have that anyway, both good reliable simple boilers,the easi-heats are 5 years warranty the VHE is 2 years warranty, you are well advised to keep your Cylinder if you have two power showers
     
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    To have a sealed heating system the open vents parts of it would be removed, - so the small tank in loft and the vent and feed pipes sealed off with a system or combi boiler.
    The large tank in loft still would still have to remain if you keep your vented hot cylinder.
    Note that you can still have a combi boiler fitted and keep your hot water cylinder if you just want to use the hot water from combi for one or two taps, or a shower, especially ideal for outlets nearby to boiler. Gives you high pressure at those outlets.
     
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