We need a new boiler and can't decide whether to go for a condensing or a combi boiler. I've had a combi before in our old house and loved it, apart from only being able to use one hot tap at a time etc. However, am being advised that condensing would be better for our new house, but am worried. Have heard tales of plumes of steam shooting out from them (this would vent onto our neighbours window about 8ft away - would this cause a problem for them?) and them being very noisy. Does anyone have any opinions? TIA x
we had one put in last yr.It is noisier than the combi but you get used to it.The steam coming out in plumes could probably be directed straight up if you needed it to.
Is there no steam from a combi then? I can't remember.
The last time we had a BGas bloke in (our Vaillant combi is 22 years old and still limping along) he said condensers are OK as long as you get a good make, eg Worcester-Bosch or Vaillant (not Ideal or other cheap UK brands)
We have a fairly new condensing combi (as janh says all new boilers are condensing now, it's whether it is a conventional or combi boiler) I really like it, It's an Ideal one and we've had it a couple of years with no probs. We've only got a small house though, not sure I'd fancy one in a big house with rubbish water pressure.
So are normal condensing boiler and combi condensing boilers both equally noisy and both do plumes of steam then? (I hadn't realised that combi's were now condensing too). If this is the case the choice can come down to other factors like space/irritation of suddenly water going cold when in the shower!
A good website is www.boilers.org.uk
Lets you know the efficiency rating etc, and some with links to manufacturers for prices etc. We're about to get a new one and will prob go for a combi condenser as so much more efficient