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jeffreyshouse Mon 24-Mar-14 20:43:33

hi. we are moving into a house which needs a lot of work. the good news is that we have 2 months before we move in. the bad news is that it doesn't have central heating! it does have a fairly modern hot water boiler though.
should we get a new boiler that does hot water and heating or add another boiler for central heating alone?
We are new to this!

PigletJohn Mon 24-Mar-14 20:59:23

Please describe this hot water boiler.

PigletJohn Mon 24-Mar-14 22:09:08

is it white, rectangular, hung on the kitchen wall, about 2 foot high x 1 foot deep?

jeffreyshouse Mon 24-Mar-14 22:40:50

its a main multipoint BF?

BillyBanter Mon 24-Mar-14 22:52:56

One new boiler that does everything will take up less space...

PigletJohn Mon 24-Mar-14 22:54:37

no point in keeping it then. You will have to get a new boiler anyway, so you might as well get one that does both HW and CH. I deduce that you have no cylinder, so if it is a small home with only one bathroom, a combi would do. If it is a large house or you are prosperous, there are better options. Fill a bucket at the kitchen or garden cold water tap, time it, see how many litres per minute you get before you decide.

No need to take it out until the new one is ready. It will be fine until next winter comes, and can give quite a reasonable shower if there is adequate water flow. It will be rather slow to fill a bath.

It would be possible, but relatively complicated, to keep it plumbed in as a standby, or if you have a guest flatlet or something.

jeffreyshouse Mon 24-Mar-14 22:58:35

Brilliant. thanks for the advice. that's what I thought but didn't want to get it removed and then regret it afterwards.
The house has 4 storeys so we are going to need something fairly substantial from what you say.

PigletJohn Mon 24-Mar-14 23:06:08

do the flow test, it's important.

How far is your house from the pavement, and what's between them?

How old is it?

Might you want a basement flat for the driver or housekeeper?

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