My Potterton floor standing 19 year old boiler has broken down and have been
told this morning that it is not repairable.
Please tell me if you have any recommndations of floor standing boilers and
where to buy them from at discounted price?
Which may well not be true, particularly if the advice came from
British Gas. What model is it, what were the fault symptoms, and
what were you told was broken in it?
Are you intending to install it yourself? Otherwise the installer
will probably source the boiler for you.
If you re-post to uk.d-i-y with all the extra info I mention above,
you will probably gets lots of useful responses.
New regs coming in about now .will insist you have a "efficient " condenser
These boilers cost less to run...........but are more "highly tuned" and
complex so they will/do break down more often.
So what you save on gas bills.you will probably spend on call outs and break
downs.The "old fashioned boilers" are bullet proof and simple
condenser ones are not favoured by most of the plumbers I know.
But of course they meet new government standards.......that's progress for
"Are you still wasting your time with spam?...
No it wasn't British Gas. (I watch Rogue Traders!). I have an insurance
with Dom & General and they sent their own chosen plumber round - First
Response who said that it is up to me as to whether I ask them to fit a new
boiler. I now have to wait to hear from the insurance company and see what
they have to offer. The fault is "heat exchanger leaking causing seals to
I am doing preliminary research as I have no idea which are the currently
recommended boilers to replace the aged Potterton Kingfisher (can't see the
model no. but we have a fairly large 4 bedroom detached house which it has
coped with very well without any problems for 19 years!).
Thanks for your help. I shall post on uk.d-i-y when I receive the letter
from insurance company. What is the difference between these two
new regs brought in april 1st.state that a replacement boiler is to be high
efficiency model (condensing) usually wall mounted or combi boiler-----very
few floor standing models available now
i concur with earlier messages -----new boilers are very good when they are
working but be prepared for bills for breakdowns
The early condensing domestic boilers fitted in the UK were
the initial attempts by the UK traditional boiler manufacturers,
and they were poor reliability. However, condensing boilers have
been required in some other EU countries for 10 years, and these
do not have such reliability problems as they were worked out of
the designs many years ago. However, these manufacturers were
not generally known to UK plumbers, and so their products were
not selected. This is becoming less true now, and the UK
manufacturers are ironing out the initial design problems in
their own condensing boilers. Also there's Keston, a UK
manufacturer of large commercial condensing boilers for some
years, who introduced a smaller model for domestic use some 5
years ago, although they don't do a combi version being mainly
a commercial boiler manufacturer.
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