When customers contact us to get a quote on fitting a new boiler they always ask us the pros and cons of a Combi Boiler.
We understand that customers want to know the type of boiler they are getting installed is to a satisfactory level and operate to maximum efficiency so that is why we have outlined the pros and cons of a Combi Boiler.
Combination boilers (also known as “combi boilers”) have become more and more popular in the UK over the past few years, with over 70% of homes choosing to install a combi boiler, over regular hot water or system boilers.
So, if your home is in need of a replacement boiler, which should you choose?What is the difference between a modern (condensing) conventional boiler and a combi boiler?
Naturally, each has its pros and cons and the choice you make will come down to the needs of your household and the demands that you plan to make of your boiler.
What Is A Combi Boiler?
Combi boilers are essentially high efficiency water heater and central heating units, which means that they can heat your home and provide hot water, without the need for a separate water tank. They tend to be more compact than other central heating systems, as they combine these two household functions into one appliance.
The Pros and Cons Of A Combi Boiler
If you are considering replacing your current boiler with a combi boiler, or moving into a house with one, it is important to know the pros and cons of these systems.
In the UK, Combi Boilers are the most popular type of boilers to be installed for various reasons.
Pros Of Combi Boiler
|More Efficient||Combi boilers are highly efficient when compared to older boiler models. In fact, replacing your boiler with a newer combi boiler could help you to save up to £300 a year on your heating bills.|
|Cheaper||Combi boilers are far less complex than traditional heating systems, which means that installations tend to be cheaper. It is also easier to find replacement parts if a problem occurs.|
|Quicker||With no water tank to heat up, combi boilers can provide an unlimited supply of hot water on demand. No waiting time!|
|More Compact||As there is no need for a separate water tank, combi boiler systems take up much less space than conventional heating systems. This makes them ideal for homes that have limited room.|
|Safer||The cold water from a combi boiler system is always safe to drink as it is fed directly from the mains. However, this is not always true of traditional systems, which may store cold water in a tank before it is piped through the house.|
|Better for selling purposes||As combi boilers tend to be more efficient than other boiler types, this can be a selling point if you are looking to rent or sell your property. This will also show on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).|
|Cleaner||Central heating systems with a combi boiler generally have less sludge build up, because the water is piped directly from the mains and not kept in a tank where it can accrue rust and debris.|
|Easier to service||The popularity of combi boilers means that a majority of boiler engineers are trained how to repair and service them. This makes it easier to find qualified engineers in your area.|
Cons of Combi Boiler
Despite the popularity of combi boilers, there are several issues that you should bear in mind when considering replacing your boiler.
|Mains Pressure||To ensure that your combi boiler is working properly, you need good mains pressure. If you are having a new boiler fitted, you should check what the mains pressure in your area is before you go ahead with the installation.|
|No Immersion Heater||As there is no water tank, if your combi boiler breaks down then you will be left without hot water as well as central heating (unless you install an electric shower).|
|No Power Shower||You can’t have a power shower with a combi boiler, as the water pressure is set by the pressure level at the water mains.|
Need a Combi Boiler Service or Repair?
If you are experiencing issues with your combi boiler, need to book a service or want to know how much an installation will cost, then get in touch with us today using our contact page where you will have a response within a couple of hours.
Hopefully this blog has given you an understanding of combi boiler and how efficient they are for your home. If you would like a quote for installing a combi boiler then get in touch today.