I posted last week that amongst others, British Gas were coming out to price
a Boiler replacement and installation of Thermostatic Rad valves. The person
who came out from BG was a bit of a waffler but eventually the price of
£3700 was printed out for me. As some of you guys pointed out (and what I
suspected would be the case) BG was always going to be pricey. At that time,
I opted for a conventional condenser Boiler fearing the implication of
someone in the shower (mains fed) being hurt if something else drew water
from elsewhere. In their quote, the Boiler was priced at £895 and its
Anyway, three independant Heating Engineers also came out and two of them
expressed deep surprise that the BG rep had not recommended the Hot water
cylinder was not changed as the output on their recommended Boiler would
"burst" the one currently fitted.
The first Engineer attempted to persuade me that a High Energy Combi would
be OK especially after checking the pressure flow of water coming into the
property. This obviously meant that the Hot water tank would be removed
together with the header tanks in the attic.
To this end, the first and last Engineers have suggested the Worcester Bosch
Combi (not sure of the model).
First Engineer priced it (and it's going to be followed up by a printed
quote) of "£2000 tops" and, while the system.was drained, he'd connect up
"free of charge" a towel rail/radiator in a second bathroom which I am just
completing and which already has the flow and return pipework in place.
Second Engineer not in the running and the
Last Engineer verbally quoted £2600 which included the installation of a new
towel rail/rad as mentioned above.
I will be deciding sometime Friday what to go for and would like some advice
/ input from you guys about the various bits of advice as outlined in the
Thanks for reading this.
- posted 12 years ago