Storage Heater Replacement

11 Dec 2008
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United Kingdom
Hi, I currently have storage heaters (x7) in my house, they are about 20+ years old and I think they are becoming less effective as the house seems colder every winter.

They are Dimplex heaters and we have;

1 x XLS24N
1 x XLS18N
5 x XLS12N

I would like to replace these heaters so would like some advice if possible.

I have seen some Creda Eco Response heaters that look and seem more economical and also know the Creda Sensair heaters provide good heat (my mum had some).

1) Does anybody have any experience of the Creda Eco Response Heaters?
2) Can I simply replace these heaters without replacing the fusebox (as it's quite old)?
3) Is it a case of simply removing the wiring of the old heater and wiring in the new heater?
4) Is there anything I should be checking or replacing other than the heaters?

Any help would be much appreciated.

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The Dimplex storage heaters you mention are current models, and spare elements etc. are readily available. Therefore if they don't heat up properly, it should just be a case of replacing a few elements.

Creda Eco Response heaters are storage heaters with an additional convector heater built in. These will cost far more to run, as the convector part will operate on the expensive daytime electricity. They will also require additional circuits at every heater point, as they need to be connected to both the off peak and daytime supplies.
Just to purchase 7 of them will cost well over £2000, and then there is the installation and extra wiring required, plus the significantly increased electricity costs every year.

Rather than replace them, a far better solution is to find someone to check the existing heaters and replace any broken parts.
You should also ensure the house is properly insulated, as without this you are just throwing money away regardless of what heating system is used.

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