My 25 yr old boiler is fading fast and I should like to replace it with a
quality one. I have been doing some research online and have shortlisted
The boiler would have to be a system boiler for a large detached house.
We had a Glow worm condensing boiler fitted 5 years ago. Not a minutes
trouble. If I recall, they were rated pretty good on efficiency too at the
time - but not sure of the standing now. Can't speak for the others.
ask a plumber or heating engineer if you want an unbiased view. The
plumbing forum might be worth posting on
That will only get you the answer of the boiler that the plumber fits on a
I know one plumber who fits only Worcester and blames Valliants poor support
Another plumber I know only fits Valliant and blames Worcesters poor support
When my brother swapped his boiler a few months ago I installed a Worcester
for him (regular system)
Like many things, you don't find out how good bad or indifferent something
is until after you've parted with your hard-earned cash. I asked for my old
boiler back the day after the new one was installed but, of course, that
I bought Worcester (top of their range) because I wanted what I thought
would be the best but I cannot recommend them at all.
The user interface is appauling and difficult to use.
The documentation was misleading and riddled with errors.
I have not noticed any significant fuel savings.
I think Worcester support is very poor.
If this is the best available, I suppose I should be grateful that I didn't
go for any of the others.
I really do suggest that you steer clear of Worcester Bosch!
Good luck. Let us know how you get on,
The boiler I got was Greenstar CDi combi boiler with optimising programmer.
I agree that fitters prefer WB but that may be because they get a better
margin or because they are easier to fit.
The cost was more than double the cheapest quote I got, so it's a shame
they're so difficult to operate for the user.
There have been no problems as far as reliability is concerned but, in my
experience, that's little different to any other boiler I've had.
The scant user guide starts off by congratulating me on the purchase of my
WB, where "excellence comes as standard", but then contains an error on
every other page! The user interface is pants ~ You shouldn't need to go
back to the instructions when you want to change a setting.
That's my view,
We always found WB to be very good with our old 3.5 Heatslave. Their
technical department was very helpful and free, the service contract
with them mean't that we didn't have to pay for any repairs or new
parts. WB and Vaillant are the ones that most engineers favour.
In the end I went for a Glow Worm 38 HXI system boiler. I couldn't make up
my mind after having read loads of different opinions, so went for the
Which? magazine recommendation. I ordered it from Plumb Nation who
delivered it free of charge within 3 days of ordering it - also the most
competitive price. It is now up and running and everything seems fine - and
we have warm radiators and hot water!!!
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