We're planning to replace a tired old Ariston wall-hung combi, and fancy
a Vaillant Aquaplus storage combi boiler.
I've seen precious little mention of them in this newsgroup (just one
thread from last August, subject: high flow combi - AquaPLUS), and have
a few concerns
The house is a 2 bed Victorian terrace with old cast iron radiators - it
won't need anything like the 32kW max CH output, but the aquaplus works
down to 10.5kW so I don't think there's a problem with that
I've not bothered with a condensing boiler because the cast iron
radiators probably mean a high return temperature (I'll measure it when
I get a mo), and we're only staying in the house another 2-3 years,
after which we will be renting it out, so won't make enough gas savings
to really justify the extra 300 quid
The main reason for choosing an aquaplus is the storage DHW - I like the
idea of no heating delay or slugs of cold when turning taps on and off,
and we've just fitted an Aqualisa Aquatique shower with a 5" head, which
could do with all the hot water flow it can get!
However, both gas and water feeds are not ideal.
The gas is 22mm piping - am I right in thinking that if it's not quite
up to the job, the boiler will still run OK, just not reach its full
37kW DHW output?
Similarly the mains water pressure isn't brilliant - if I set the shower
to fully cold (so not flow restriction from old boiler), and turn on
kitchen tap, the flow drops noticeably (although still a reasonable
flow) - again am I right in thinking that the aquaplus will handle this
OK and just do the best it can. I notice it has a DHW pump - will this
give it an advantage over normal combis at low mains pressure?
In summary, is the aquaplus a sensible choice?