I have a Worcester 24i RSF Combination boiler which is wonderful for
giving us hot water and central heating in our flat. The combi is
connected to the mains (self installed 25mm Diam feed from the road
giving a fantastic flow rate of 20Litres/minute free flowing, less
going to the boiler in case you are worried)
However during the winter months when the mains water temp is down
around 5degrees. the combi struggles a bit and the hot water is not as
Now I enjoy hot fast flowing showers to wake me up in the morning. I
have a thermostatic mixer unit off the bath so the temp doesn't drop
when say the wife flushes the toilet.
During the summer we have mighty powerful showers as the mains water
temperature is high and thus the combi heats the water up by 30
degrees and gives a good flow rate of 9litres/minute on pure hot water
so when the thermostatic shower kicks in to add a bit of cold we get
So my simplistic thought is why don't I add an electronic
instantaneous water heater just before the mains feed goes into the
boiler. that way the mains water is heated to say 15-20 degrees as it
is during the summer months and hey presto I get a might good shower
again. All I would need is a low rated unit say 4kW to raise the temp
of the mains water 5 degrees or so.
I have rung a couple of companies who do water heaters and all they
say is oh no, you cannot do that. Why I ask?. Because you can't is the
So questions are
Is it possible to do what I propose?
It is logical?
Can anyone advise on a good 4KW water heater. I do not think i can
have a storage type unit, its has to be the instantaneous variety?
I have also thought about putting the heater next to the shower unit
but a lot of heaters do not like taking in hotish water to make it
I have also though about heat trace tape where it keeps the water in
pipes at a ertain temp. i am await info on this but I suspect it will
be lots more expensive than my water heater idea.
Looking forward to hearing from you