what boiler-back boiler or combi boiler

(4 Posts)
veggrower Mon 16-Sep-13 11:47:32

have moved into first house, plan to stay 5 years ish. Currently has old back boiler, which needs changing. We cant deceid what sort of boiler to have. Replacing it with another back boiler with a modern fire place is the least disruptive option. The alternative is a combi boiler, which would mean massive disruption, in terms of re routing pipework etc. Also, is a lot more expensive, over twice as much. We do have the money for either option. Looking ahead to selling, are back boilers not popular any more, even if new and modern looking, would a back boiler of any age put people off. Are we better going for the more disruptive expensive option to make the property more attractive for selling in the future.

PigletJohn Mon 16-Sep-13 15:03:45

you don't have to go for a combi, you can have a conventional boiler, which will be modern, efficient and condensing, and will heat your cylinder and radiators.

As it is simpler that a combi it will be slightly cheaper and noticably more reliable as there is less to go wrong. It will also be smaller.

I will be surprised if you can find anyone still selling back boilers, unless you mean the sort that goes behind a coal fire and finds enough waste heat to warm a cylinder. Anyone looking at a BB would expect it to be old and need replacing.

loftladder Mon 16-Sep-13 16:10:55

hello pigletjohn, from previous posts from you, am i right in believing you have knowledge of such things, am in similar position. Have a back boiler in the chimney breast, with an aincent gas fire in front. I had a gas engineer visit who said that new back boilers were available still, and didnt seem too negative towards them. We are getting other quotes though. Are BBs becoming obsolete?

PolterGoose Mon 16-Sep-13 16:16:02

Baxi make condensing back boilers. Our non-condensing back boiler was installed just before the regulations changed in 2005 IIRC, so has a good few years left in it. Does yours definitely need replacing? Can you just install a new fire-front? And TBH if you're going to have a gas fire anyway you may as well keep the boiler where it is.

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