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Whatever type of boiler you’re thinking of buying or getting repaired or maybe you just want to find out more about the one you have, this boiler guide will help. There are three main types: combi, system and conventional.

Combi boilers

Combination boilers – more commonly known as combi – are the most popular kind in the UK and provide heat and hot water with no need for water tanks or cylinders.

Pros

  • you get unlimited heat and hot water when you need it.
  • there’s no need for a tank in your loft.
  • they don’t take up much space.

Cons

The water pressure might be reduced if you need hot water from more than one tap at a time.

Suitable for

Almost any home, but best for homes where lots of people won’t need lots of hot water at the same time.

 

System boilers

System boilers – also known as sealed system – come with a water cylinder (which usually sits in an airing cupboard) and no water tank.

Pros

  • there’s no need for a tank in your loft.
  • you can get hot water from multiple taps at the same time.

Cons

  • you don’t get hot water instantly.
  • the hot water can run out and you’ll have to wait for it to reheat.
  • you need to find room for the cylinder somewhere.

Suitable for

Homes which need to have hot water in more than one place at the same time.

 

Conventional boilers

Conventional boilers – also known as open vent or regular boilers – have both a cylinder and a tank.

Pros

You can get hot water from multiple taps at the same time.

Cons

  • the hot water can run out and you’ll have to wait for it to reheat.
  • you need to find room for the cylinder and the tank.

Suitable for

Homes which need to have hot water in more than one place at the same time.

 

Condensing boilers

Condensing boilers aren’t strictly a type – instead it’s an attribute it can have, e.g. you can have a condensing combi boiler or a condensing conventional boiler.

Condensing boilers are very energy efficient because they capture some of the heat which would escape from the flue of a non-condensing boiler and re-use it.  This means they get more heat from the same amount of fuel, which will save you money on your heating bills.

All new gas boilers have had to be condensing since 2005 (although in exceptional circumstances non-condensing one are allowed).

Energy-efficient boilers

All new boilers are energy-efficient – since 2010 all new boilers must be A-rated for energy efficiency, or at least 88% efficient.

The energy efficiency rating system is called SEDBUK (Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK).  They are assessed and given a rating to help you pick a boiler that is energy-efficient, or see how efficient it is.