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Which is best Condenser Boiler to buy?
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Old 22-11-2006, 10:11 AM
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I am looking to buy a new gas condenser boiler and would appreciate any tips or advice as to which is the best one to buy and what to look for.
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Old 22-11-2006, 11:04 AM
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We had a Worcester Bosch condensing boiler installed 18 months ago and it's been excellent.

I did a lot of research into it before committing myself and the two makes that kept on coming up with positive feedback were Worcester Bosch and Vailant. Both of which are German.
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I am looking to buy a new gas condenser boiler and would appreciate any tips or advice as to which is the best one to buy and what to look for.
WB and Vaillant are good as is Ideal for lower cost than the other two.
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Old 22-11-2006, 1:41 PM
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Best at what?

For the most efficient boiler, you can check on the SEDBUK database. The database does not, however, consider reliability or cost.
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Old 22-11-2006, 3:00 PM
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The guy who services my boiler recently told me the best boiler you can get is veissmann. He said they have half the number of engineers of other companies because they simply don't need them! He's a Vaillant specialist, and said they've had alot of problems with them recently.
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Old 22-11-2006, 3:47 PM
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The guy who services my boiler recently told me the best boiler you can get is veissmann. He said they have half the number of engineers of other companies because they simply don't need them! He's a Vaillant specialist, and said they've had alot of problems with them recently.
You'll get conflicting info from different Corgi installers. After being told one make is good, another will totally disagree. A lot of plumbers in my area try to push Potterton or Worcsester Bosch. This site has a good comparison table of the diff boilers out there:

http://www.wholesaleheating.co.uk/ac...g-Boilers.html
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Best at what?
The best at reliably heating water.
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We had a Worcester Bosch condensing boiler installed 18 months ago and it's been excellent.

I did a lot of research into it before committing myself and the two makes that kept on coming up with positive feedback were Worcester Bosch and Vailant. Both of which are German.
I could'nt agree more had a bosch at the last house (no problems for over 4 years) and have a vailant at the current house still going strong after 2 years.
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I am looking to buy a new gas condenser boiler and would appreciate any tips or advice as to which is the best one to buy and what to look for.
Are you straight replacing a combi boiler or a convensional/regular boiler etc, or are you looking into changing your current system from a convensional/regular system to a combi system etc?
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Sorry forgot to say always serviced the boiler the boiler at the correct time, i.e current one every 2 years. Its just been serviced.
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Old 22-11-2006, 5:02 PM
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I recently had a Ariston 3300025 Micro Genus 24HE Condensing Combi Boiler put in, havent had a problem with it.
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I could'nt agree more had a bosch at the last house (no problems for over 4 years) and have a vailant at the current house still going strong after 2 years.
I also had a Worcester Bosch at my last house (combi), and I had no problems with it during the 4 years I was there. Didn't have it serviced once.
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The guy who services my boiler recently told me the best boiler you can get is veissmann. He said they have half the number of engineers of other companies because they simply don't need them! He's a Vaillant specialist, and said they've had alot of problems with them recently.
Bit off topic but would you mind telling me how much you pay for the servicing of your boiler? And, how often is it done. We had a new boiler fitted in Summer 2005 and we keep getting letters from the manufactuter offering a service agreement but I think it would be cheaper getting a good local engineer to do it every year. It is a condensing one.
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Old 24-11-2006, 11:01 AM
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Bit off topic but would you mind telling me how much you pay for the servicing of your boiler? And, how often is it done. We had a new boiler fitted in Summer 2005 and we keep getting letters from the manufactuter offering a service agreement but I think it would be cheaper getting a good local engineer to do it every year. It is a condensing one.
Sorry for slow reply

I pay once a year for servicing the boiler, it costs about 45 quid. However, I am the proud :rolleyes: owner of a potterton puma which needs a circuit board replacing roughly at 12 month intervals, so he does the servicing and that at the same time (45 quid doesn't include the replacement part cost).

They offer a support package which is approx 13-15 per month I think.
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Sorry forgot to say always serviced the boiler the boiler at the correct time, i.e current one every 2 years. Its just been serviced.
Dont let the manufacturer find out if its new or else the warranty is out of the window.

My company fits the veissmann boilers and find they are extremely reliable we also cover their warrnaty work which is very rare; mainly due to poor installation than the actual boiler becoming faulty.

we fitted potterton, baxi for years then found the latest offerings a bit poor in build quality. ( just a personal thing)
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I'm looking to buy a central heating system & been advised that a Worcester Condensor would be good and will cost 3K to install fully - terrace hse 3 beds + attic. Any thoughts re if this is a good deal or what the Worcester is like please?
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I too am looking to replace my existing condenser boiler, but this is more by way of warning people about the defficiences in my current boiler. We have an Ideal Response 120, which is only 5 years old. From day one, we have had issues with it and have had to call in an engineer to fix it 2 or 3 times a year. According to the engineer, who I completely trust and has an excellent reputation, the problems are caused by bad design, leading to issues with overheating and damage to the pump, which has been replaced 3 times now. According to him, more recent Ideal models do not offer any better reliability. Any dealings I have had with Ideal have been very frustrating and generally unsatisfactory. Customer Service appears to be very low on their priority list. Apologies for the 'negative' slant of this message, but if it saves others from going through the same issues, then my job here is done.
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Old 13-02-2009, 12:56 PM
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i just had a worcester 30si combi fittted after many recommendations, my parents have had a worcester combi for 9 years and its been 100% reliable.

the hot water flow on mine is excellent, and the radiators are really hot.
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I concur with Wavey Dave. 12 months ago we had a Potterton Puma with the "replace control board every 18months" feature.

In Jan 08 we swapped it for a Veissman and have never looked back. The weather compensation means the house has a constant temperature and it has saved 15% running costs on the Potterton
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i just paid 120 for the boiler and living room fire to be serviced and i was very pleased - corgi registered guy and i got all the paperwork. I'm in the northwest.

had a Baxi Combi Condenser 105he put in a couple of yrs ago and had no prbs at all.
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