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New boiler - do these costs sound right ?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by goalc, 15 Apr 2006.

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  1. goalc

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    Hi, we have had some quotes for a new boiler and system, and the quotes we have had have varied (no spuprsie there !). However, a couple were in the similar ball park. Could someone please let me know if the following cost sounds about right for this work (we have 13 rads, two towel rails, and microbore 8/10mm system):

    > Supply and fit Potterton HE boiler including new flue with 2 yr guarantee on the boiler
    > Fit TRV's to all 12 rads
    > Supply and fit double rad (approx 1.6m long)
    > Fit "designer" slimline rad in another room (we will supply this)
    > Supply and fit new pump, 3 port valve, timer and room stat
    > Power flush system
    > Includes all connections, testing and comissioning
    > Removal of all old parts of system

    the approx costs we have had are in the region of £3000 to £3750

    Any thoughts/comments are appreciated...

    thanks

    (PS - we live in the south east if this helps, as I guess this has a bearing on cost)
     
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  3. solo

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    Don't see any mention of a new Part L compliant cylinder???
     
  4. goalc

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    good point - there was a new cylinder put in about 1.5 years ago which all the plumbers have said is Ok as it has the foam sprayed on it (is that right?)
     
  5. kevindgas

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    sounds a good price doing similar job at moment for 3,800
    Wouldn't use a potty boiler if you paid me though
     
  6. geoff@cetltd

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    I don't think you're the only one who would say that
     
  7. goalc

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    so why wouldn't you use a Potterton ? What would you recommend ?

    thanks..
     
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    Its not possible to just say a Potty HE boiler!

    They have at least three ranges and in each range there are two or three different power output ratings. You need to know exactly which one they propose to use.

    You probably need 18-24 kW and its often difficult to decide which would be better. Its a common falacy that its better to fit a larger one than is necessary. Doing that spoils the efficiency.

    Sounds a reasonable range of quotes. Others would disagree but I would say an installer who can also mend boilers is a definite advantage.

    Do check that they are CORGI registered for your job. Being registered with British Gas is not relevant. They must show a CORGI photocard in their name!

    Tony
     
  9. AndersonC

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    For what you've described the price sounds very good. I recently was quoted for a system:-

    5 standard rads
    1 towel rail
    1 3 column old fashioned rad
    1 Baxi 120K BTU boiler
    TRV's for the rads
    A room thermostat too (dunno why if we had TRV's)

    Price : £3, 963.73 + VAT :!: :( :eek:

    Strange figure - But HOW MUCH???!!! :evil: The pack is about £900 in Plumb center - so they want £3k + VAT for labour? Seems ridiculous to me. :confused:

    Oh, and just to "help" they can spread the payments over 3 years interest free. :eek:
     
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    Ridiculous? For a business to ask you for money in exchange for a service that they provide, and to make a profit on it?

    And how do you think they fund this loan, if it's not from the money that you pay them?
     
  12. AndersonC

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    No, ridiculous that they want 3 blo0dy grand for something which would take them no more than a week's work. I was 'quoted' verbally by someone else "about two-six". Why such a massive variation in price? I know we're not supposed to discuss prices on here but it annoys me to death.

    I mean, how many people in other jobs earn that sort of money - 3 grand a week, or even 1500 a week as I imagine 2 blokes would turn up, I earn about that in a month!!!!?? If you paid these people to do your whole house up you'd need a lottery jackpot win to fund it!
     
  13. JPC

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    when u get ur wage at the end of the week do you have to pay out for expenses related to your work

    income tax
    van repayments
    fuel
    van insurance
    work insurance (incase i burn your house down)
    advertising
    mobile phone

    and a few more i am sure

    do you have to take money out of ur monthly pay to cover 35 days holiday ? or all the sickies ?

    we, self employed folk do.

    we also have times when its not busy and a wage may not come in.

    do you get paid every month !?

    and how much would u think is a fair wage for someone who has attended college for 4 yrs to get a qualification in water and gas......and has to climb up ladders on to your roof, crawl in your ichy dusty loft, unblock ur krapped out toilet etc etc.

    how much would it suit u to pay us ?...mayby free, for the love of it.

    p&ss off and get real :mad:
     
  14. kevplumb

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    post a link to plumbcentre wher you can get that little lot for £900 and just out of interest i suppose they aint using any fittings either or flux or gas
    and they wont have to pay for corgi reg every year
    do resits for ACS every 5
    or energy efficiency
    or bother with public liability
    and of course they wont have to pay to keep a vehicle on the road :rolleyes:
     
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    the post by the patronizing boiler repair expert :rolleyes: no names mentioned about the corgi card is a joke,my card has only one cat on it even though corgi have been informed that the details are incorrect for the 2nd year they ignore the fact that i hold most elements domestic and a few others will not answer the phone or acknowledge receipt of e mails so no point asking to see the card as it is wrong.and by the way to the original poster do you supply the tools to do the job or do you expect the plumber to have his own?3000 quid would not replace my drill bits let alone the drills
     
  16. AndersonC

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    Fair enough guys. Looks like I'll be applying for a career change then.
     
  17. andy.budgell

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    income tax - £50?
    van repayments £50?
    fuel - £20?
    van insurance £7?
    work insurance (incase i burn your house down) £10 ?
    advertising £10
    mobile phone £10

    The main thing you've forgotten is your mortgage and utility bills - sky sports as well?

    High house prices are ruining the economy...http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/
     
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