Do I do combi boilers?
Yes. I repair them and have even installed them occasionally in the distant
past, but I don't particularly like them!
Firstly, an overview of what a combi boiler actually is...
A combi boiler combines in one single appliance the functions of an ordinary
boiler, the hot water cylinder and cold tanks from the loft. It heats the house
via radiators in the normal way but also provides hot water to the taps by passing
fresh water through the boiler and heating it directly on its way to the tap.
This removes the need for both
the hot water cylinder and the cold water tanks, so combis let you get rid of
the tanks in the loft and
airing cupboard and regain the space. This can be very useful in a small home or
flat, but combis also have quite a few drawbacks.
A lot of combis have been sold to people who were unaware of their
limitations until they owned one (although there are a lot of
satisfied combi users too), so if you ask me for a combi I'll want to be
sure it is right for your circumstances and you
understand the potential drawbacks before I fit it. Here are a few of them... combi
Once you have read and digested the potential combi problems, come back here
and read about how to pick your way through the bewildering range of combis on
the market, what the differences are and how to choose the right one for
There are several different features to consider, as follows:
- Heat output
- With/without secondary heat exchanger
- Condensing or not
- With/without stored hot water reservoir
Read more about them here
Page first created 16th January 2004
Last updated 5th November 2007
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