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  1. craftyset

    craftyset New Member

    in need of a new boiler, i know baxis are popular with some plumbers especially in the NE of england

    im after a boiler whats best for me Not whats best for the plumber to fit, without paying top price for a worcester.

    but i been told a gloworm ultimate is made by valliant now and glow worm alot better than what they used to be.

    the boiler has a 10 yr warranty but noticed it has a aluminum heat exchanger should i be concerned.

    also does a full powerflush have to be carried out as most manufactures like it but told a full power flush can cause more problems

    also is it best to replace radiators current ones about 20yrs old

    believe a stainless steel exchanger is better
     
  2. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Glowworm are a lot better then they used to be and yes Vaillant do own them. But I would still fit a Vaillant over a Glowworm any day. Also if you want quality look at an ATAG
     
  3. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    What problems are you concerned about with a powerflush?? Also I like Glow-worm energy.
     
  4. craftyset

    craftyset New Member

    never hears of a ATAG , may have to look into one of them are they mega expensive, thats a new one.

    plumber i had in mind wanted to fit a baxi platinum he says they the bmws of boilers, but i believe its just a duotec with timer and extra warranty

    saw a gloworm rep today by accident at plumbers merchant and he said having a glowwom is like having a skoda citigo and a vw up take them to bits and they the same get made in the same factory and use same components, as they make its specially for the plumbers merchant the ultimate 3
     
  5. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    I’m not a fan of the ultimate. Look at the Glow-worm energy
     
  6. craftyset

    craftyset New Member

    will have a look at gloworm energy thought it was just ulitmate and betacom

    powerflush saying may cause leaks, getting told that many different things.

    ATAG sounds interesting, but cant find many stockists
     
  7. craftyset

    craftyset New Member

    ATAG only seem to do a 5 yr warranty
     
  8. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    Do you have a combi already? If so a powerflush isn’t going to do much pressure wise. There is the very unlikely possibility that it could shift some sludge in a radiator causing a pin hole but I’ve never come across one yet. My thoughts are why run the risk of losing your manufacturers guarantee or damaging your new boiler
     
  9. craftyset

    craftyset New Member

    i have a alpha cd32 atm one plumber mentioned a kind of mini flush but i find while they all gas safe its conflicting advice

    i thought a full powerflush was compulsory prior to fitting a boiler
     
  10. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    It’s not compulsory but no manufacturer is going to uphold warranty on a boiler not installed to their requirements. You’d be daft not to
     
  11. craftyset

    craftyset New Member

    What bothers me is ive asked a few for a quote to replace they give me written quote, to swap over from combi etc,

    i then ask does that include flush they say no, i then thing if they good at there job they should include cost of a powerflush or tell me its a vital part of job, if i hadnt had access of internet i wouldnt of know it was important, or what it meant
     
  12. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    How many quotes have you had
     
  13. craftyset

    craftyset New Member

    ive had 2 and both pushing towards a baxi, and another 2 i called never mentioned a powerflush till i asked they just mentioned a filter and inhibitor
     
  14. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    Steer away get more quotes. Ask about
    Boiler, warranty, filter, in-line scale reducer, powerflush, controls TRVs, thermostat etc its the responsibility of your installer to know building regs as well as being able to hang a boiler.
     
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  15. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Rare nowadays mate. The above is a dying breed sadly. But basics in my opinion.
     
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