Pros & Cons of Replacing Existing Combi with Condensing

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by brotchaq, 12 Sep 2012.

  1. brotchaq

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    I've had many problems with my boiler that was installed about 8 years ago (replacement PCB, diaphragm, PRV, expansion vessel) in my 4 bed semi (2 adults, 3 kids)

    I'm seeking opinions/advice on whether to replace it or keep repairing as necessary.

    My existing combi is a Halstead Ace I'm advised that it will probably need a new PCB within months.

    I consulted a heating engineer about various issues with the heating and controls and they have suggested a new Vaillant Ecotec Pro 28 condensing boiler. I've read this forum a lot and Vaillant seem to have a good rep so I'm not worried about his selection.

    He states that it should save around 40% of gas bill (£200/year) but will cost around 2k to install - again seems an OK price.

    I will take a fair few years to recoup the cost so just wondering what you would do? Conitnue to fix Halstead or switch now and reap the benfits of a much more efficient and better boiler?
     
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    40% saving :confused:

    Closer to 10-15% i would say, the halstead isnt that inefficient compared to a modern combi.

    http://www.boiler-scrappage.info/?namedboiler=8184&boilername=Halstead Ace
     
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    Given that you rotten old halstead will have spent half of the year not actually working your gas consumption may rise!! :LOL:
    but at least you will be warm and have reliable hot water ;)
     
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    Hmm - thats quite a difference from the 40% quoted. Doesn;t quite make the sums add up then....
     
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    Perhaps the sums do add up for you to get him to fit a new boiler if you did believe a 40% gas saving.

    I would agree with about 10-15% saving!

    If you were local I would install it cheaper than that too!

    Tony
     
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