Vaillant EcoTec Pro 28 - what do I need for better timer?

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As above, got one of these with a basic timer on it and single wall thermostat in the hallway:

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But finding that it isn't flexible enough for me, would like more on/off/holiday times and I miss my 'boost' button, that would turn the heating on for just an hour.

Is there any product I can bolt on that would do this? Or can I change the control panel?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Replace the thermostat with a programable thermostat then you can have (usually ) 3 on/off a day and have different temperature settings for each on period. The programmable thermostat will be battery operated and have an LCD display of time and temperature. You need one with "voltage free" contacts and it will switch the wires on/off that the current thermostat does. Then you just set the boiler to always on, ignore the clock in the boiler and the programmable therostat will control the heating. (Hot water is cotrolled by the hot taps anyway) :)

You shoulden't need to open the boiler, but remember to switch off the mains to the boiler before you do anything, there may be mains live in the thermostat. - If unsure get an electrician.
 
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There are many various options you could go for but the manufacturers own controller will always do the best job as they are designed to communicate better with your boiler. It's a little like buying a "universal" remote for your TV. It'll do the job, but not as good as the proper one.
On the face of it, it would seem that they all do the same job, but behind the scenes the right controllers do a better job at contolling the boiler becuase of how they can manipulate the logic within the appliance to "save energy", and that's what it's all about. especially where current gas prices are concerned.
I'd suggest checking the manufacturers website:
http://www.vaillant.co.uk/homeowners/heating-solutions/controls-1/ and look at the other plug-in options such as "load compensators", "weather compensators" etc.
 
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sophistocated systems are only cost effective for large buildings where the savings outweigh the system costs. I think the whole system would set you back over £150 - £200 and you need to be genius to wire it up.
Ask any central heating engineer - a programmable thermostat is the best solution, you can intsall in an hour, no wiring changes etc. etc.

PS I am just a householder.
 
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With all due respect, this is not the case these days. The old style universal compensators were complicated and unfortunately creates this sigma that continues to today. A little like the old opinions of condensing boilers and solar hot water. Companies now days go to great lengths to make them as simple as possible to install and set up. i.e. Plug-in controls. What could be simpler?.
It's also not true for the size of the building, and these days it's far more important for the general householder to need to reduce thier energy bills.
However, I guess it all comes down to how much you wish to spend and how much you like to speculate.
None the less, ODB wanted to know if there are other controls that plug into the boiler like the one he has, and the answer is "Yes" there are a few.
 
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Have a look at the Honeywell CM907. It's a very flexible unit which you'll be able to install in about 15 minutes. Basically, it just replaces your existing wall thermostat, and you then leave the old controller on the boiler set permanently on.
 
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Thanks everyone, this has really cleared up some questions I had in my head.

Went a bit overboard last night wanting to get a WiFi web-based/iPhone accessible one but have decided to go with something a little more sensible, like the Honeywell.

Just going to check the wiring then I'll maybe take the plunge tomorrow.

Thanks all, really appreciate your time!
 
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Hi, this is the bolier I have aswell. It relates to the actual timer on the boiler itself, driving me nuts. Just want to turn the dam thing off, so it stops ticking! :oops:
 

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No idea how to turn that off, sorry.

On the upside I fitted the new Honeywell thermostat, as recommended above, in about 5 minutes flat!

Thanks guys!
 
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No idea how to turn that off, sorry.

On the upside I fitted the new Honeywell thermostat, as recommended above, in about 5 minutes flat!

Thanks guys!

I am not sure what this timer thing does? :evil: All I know is that we never use it in this household, may resort to breaking it in order to stop the "tick..tick" lolll!
 
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