Combination Central Heating Boilers, also referred to as Combi Boilers, are extremely efficient condensing boilers which occupy very little space within the home. They're now found in the majority of new boiler installs in the UK due to their compact proportions along with the fact that they're remarkably efficient.
The Combi-Boiler differs from other kinds of boiler because the need to store hot water is eliminated, thus making a hot water cylinder within an airing cupboard unnecessary.
The name 'Combi' refers to the advanced functionality that these new kinds of boilers have over the more traditional kind of installation. They are more advanced, because they function not only as an extremely efficient water heater but also as a central heating system too.
So why choose a combi boiler?
Firstly, there is protection from sudden changes in water temperature while you're in the shower caused by other persons in the property also placing demand on the hot-water system.
Secondly, if you don't have much roof space for the installation of traditional kind of boiler or you want to make use of the loft space to provide an extra room then a Combi Boiler is most likely the best choice for you.
Thirdly, if you are replacing an old boiler with an existing system then this kind of boiler is easily the most efficient type on the market.
Lastly, it may not be helpful for you to loose time waiting for water to get hot if there are a multitude of people in the home. A modern Combi-Boiler heats water only on demand and supply is instantaneous.
Advantages of a Combination Condensing Boiler
Typically, with a combi boiler there's a simple compact unit in the kitchen or utility room. Space is saved due to the lack of a hot water cylinder, a cold water header tank and other components that usually make up a traditional heating system.
The major benefits of this sort of boiler will be the cash savings seen on the production of domestic hot water, the fact that you receive water out of the taps or shower at the same pressure as though it was from the mains as well as the fact that there aren't any tanks being placed in the attic meaning there's less pipe work to install. This consequently means installation is quicker and not as difficult thus decreasing initial costs as well.
As Combi's are so common, boiler service costs will be relatively low, whilst components and engineers are readily available.
Disadvantages of a Combi Condensing Boiler
There is only one real drawback to these boilers and that's that to obtain domestic hot water when needed you need an adequate supply of cold water. This means that if a large number of taps or showers are making use of hot water at the same time then the flow to each one is reduced. However, mains pressure is usually more than adequate for most domestic setups and is far superior to the old header-tank systems.
Boiler Servicing & Maintenance
A boiler and central heating system that isn't kept in good working order or serviced regularly is at risk of breaking down at any time. This can be unfortunate enough if it happens in the course of an exceptionally cold spell of weather but can be even more so if it involves a gas leak, or a potentially lethal escape of carbon monoxide.
Emergency repairs can be costly and engineers might not always be on tap to offer a call out instantly at short notice, so it is important to keep your boiler and heating system properly maintained.
Prior to the onset of winter, it really is a good idea to arrange a boiler service by using a registered engineer. Holding back until the boiler stops working can prove costly in repair bills. By taking out central heating system insurance, you are able to have peace of mind that you will have a reliable repairman on hand to make an call out if the worst happen.
Never try to service or repair your boiler personally. Should you be a tenant in rented housing, your landlord is liable for making sure your system is serviced regularly and kept in good condition. Always speak to your landlord if you have any worries relating to this.
Don't forget, if you smell gas, don't hesitate - contact us immediately. It's better to be safe than sorry...
We at Shaw Plumbing services can supply and install any make of Combination Condensing Boiler . We also offer full scheduled service plans. For breakdowns we also offer 24 hour emergency cover.
.For Combi Boiler help and advice contact us on 07968 168292 (24 hrs/day 365 days/year)