o boiler - very old - over 25 years, wall mounted. Flue straight out back to outside above head height (about 5-6ft to next doors house). o gavity fed hot water with thermostat on tank, controlling valve (motor currently broken so manually fixed open although I have a new motor for it) and boiler o water tank in loft feeding central heating o one room thermostat in hall o most (not all) radiators with TRVs - radiator in hall where room thermostat is located does have a TRV. o newish (3 years) programmable controller with separate CH and HW settings and 1 hour, overrides. o relatively new (3 years) myson cp53 pump.
During the conversation he told me:
1. it is against the law to not fit condensing boilers now. From other postings this would seem true.
2. They would remove the room thermostat as it was bad to have it in a room where radiators have TRVs. Other posts to this group seem to suggest having a room thermo is OK but not to have TRVs in the same room.
3. When I said I wasn't sure if we had a bypass and if we went all TRVs I thought we'd need one he said all their condensing boilers come with a built in bypass.
4. Regarding placement on the boiler he said manufacturer specs said their must be at least 600mm space in front of the boiler although it was OK in a cupboard so long as with the doors open their was 600mm in front. As a result he suggested installing it around the corner from where it is now.
5. Our gas meter was not earthed and so they would have to earth it all. I'm not this is true since I remember a large earthing strap behind the gas meter where the pipes come into the house - I cannot investigate this now.
6. condensate from new boiler was not a problem since the boiler will be sited next to a soil pipe.
7. our system was wrong be cause there is not at least 1.5m between the top of the boiler and where the pipes go into the cylinder. This would cause our boiler to switch on and off alot when only heating hot water.
8. conversion from gravity fed to fully pumped was a time consuming process. Some sort of air valve would have to be installed - I'm not sure exactly about this. The system would have to be fully pumped which mean installation ot 2 new valves and pump.
9. It was around 3 days work.
10. the quote left has a "the effects of pluming have been explained" but they never were.
11. He criticised the current electrical installation a lot. Wrong cable used throughout - should all be flex - and told me a horror story about a house fire near us caused by wrong electrical installation where the insurers were not fully paying out after identifying sub standard electrical fitment of halogen lighting.
12. When I asked how he would calculate what size of boiler we'd need he said he didn't need to as it would be a modulating condensing boiler which constantly monitors the exit and return water temperature and adjusts automatically. I did not think this was a satisfactory answer since clearly if he fitted a 1KW boiler it would not sufficient (absurd example I know).
Needless to say I was less than impressed but then came the:
Total quote was for £3498 including VAT (and £100 trade in discount) with some significant numbers being (not including VAT):
British/Scottish Gas 330 HE Condensing Boilrer (inc labour and installation) £1559 specialist building work (3) £174 can't imagine what this was other than repositioning flue connect boiler electrics and test £64 glow-worm Xi std horizontal flue (800mm) £154 glow-worm Xi flue extension (500mm) £28 glow-worm Xi 90 flue elbow £31 radiator valves (15mm angled W/H & L/S) £26 Now he has left I don't understand this as we never spoke about adding radiators or valves. controls pack (2*22mm 2Port) Prog. (UP1) £307 convert to fully pumped 22mm (5mtr head) £312 powerlush - £195 install ME bonding £112 exectrical and mechanical supp bonding £79
there was other stuff like waster disposal, pipe insulation, fit pipe insulation etc.
I was somewhat surprised by the size of the quote and the cost of the boiler - seemed pricey to me.
Any useful comments?
Martin -- Martin J. Evans Wetherby, UK