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Thanks for listing the pros and cons and giving in depth info on the upside and downside of water softeners. The information helped in making my decision wether to install a water softener or not.
Glad it helped.
Conventional boiler allowed you to have a hot press which is really useful in a damp climate ..and cats love them
The combi doesn’t need tanks but you do have to install a boiler and usually in the kitchen and usually on gas .. And it is ugly unless you get a cabinet constructed round it ..
Amongst our customers opinion tends to be mixed on whether they find boilers unsightly, or not. Some want them boxed in, others are happy to let it all hang out.
As for positioning, you can put a boiler pretty much where you want. As an example, I decided to put mine in the loft, just to safe a bit of space.
Good article thanks but in the example corroded damage you fail to mention when the boiler was last serviced. How long did it take for such damage to occur? Thanks
Frankly, we don’t know how long it took the boiler to get into that state, I think we were told that it had been a few years since the previous service. It was probably the case that the home owner didn’t even know.
Manufacturer’s recommendations for boiler servicing is annually, but clearly to get into that condition it would have taken longer than one year. However, the point of showing that picture is to illustrate what can happen if you take your eye off the ball for too long.
We are plumbers here in the Philippines we like your posts always informative and good advice…thank you
Thanks for stopping by, Colin.
Is it possible to have an ELECTRIC combi boiler? I live in a flat with no gas and do not want any.
Yes, if you Google exactly that – ‘Electric Combi Boiler’ – you will see there are lots of options. We do not have experience of fitting them and so cannot suggest a best buy. The Which organisation does have a report on them, though.
My husband and I just moved into a state that has hard water and we’re looking for ways to amend this. I appreciate the reasons you gave for getting a water softener, especially the benefit of better and easier cleaning around the house. I will take this advice into consideration when looking for water a softener.
I have just moved to a home with a water softener. I really do not like the slimy feel of the water on me when in the shower and it makes me drop everything as they are wet and slippery. Really must have the drinking eater tap checked as excluded. Also I have been told its possible for a flap to be fitted which allows some hard water through. A really helpful article, thank you very much
This article is dated 2015. It’s now 2018. Do the 2015 Regulations remain as they were? If not, please send a copy of the new ones. Any further advice you can give would be of interest, please?
The regulations will almost certainly be the same, but if you want to be sure you can do an internet search and find them easily enough.
Very helpful article for someone considering buying.
It would be good if it could be updated and a glossary added.
Also why do some products have electrical connections?
Are they more efficient?
Presumably different makes use a varying amount of water so why is this?
I have the opportunity to accept for free a water softening system from a local person who had one left in a recently bought house, but does not want it. I live in Oxford.
I can’t detect from the photo what make it is. I know it needs to be plumbed in.
I’ve followed up on your website about water meters (I already have one and pay £15 monthly) and ways of keeping a conventional boiler system free of rust. I am a single person household.
How would I find out if there are any water leakages within my property boundaries. I have no indication if there are any.
I do have a problem with a weak flow of water through my Mira shower head. the pressure in my hot water tap in the bath seems normal, though I have no way of testing.
I have a Zanussi washing machine about 25 years old which I use approximately twice a week. Also a Bosch dishwasher about 8 years old again used 1 – 2 times a week.
My exising hot gas hot water and heating system is by warm air, which I find satisfactory. My monthly heating DD debits are approximately £50 per month which are lowered further by the Government £200 Fuel Allowance for the elderly and the £140 Warm Home allowance My system is serviced annually by A1 Plumbing in Oxford. This is a very hard water area.
I am trying to do the best I can in regard to efficiency, carbon footprint, climate change, within my limited budget.
Do you also operate in the Oxfordshire area or do you have any recommendations who I can consult locally. I appreciate your very helpful website. Thank you for any advice you can give. I realise I have brought up several problems in this response.
Elaine Parry 01865 727329 / 07816 589123
The poor shower pressure may suggest that your hot water is being fed by gravity from a tank in the loft, which can be disapointing when showering. It may be that to improve matters you would have to have a pump installed to bring the pressure up when showering. This would likely cost a few hundred pounds, and you would need to contact a local plumber to survey your system and supply an estimate. Unfortunately, would do not work in Oxfordshire.
With regard to measuring water leakage on the property, the only way this can be done is by metering. Some water companies supply smart meters on the boundary of the property which take measurements and send them back to their accounts departments. If you do not have a smart meter, it may be that your water company will supply one. If you are in Oxford, I believe that your local water company will be Thames Water, who do offer smart meters, I believe. You should simply call and ask.
Probably OK, but refer to the manufacturer.