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Old 06 November 2006, 03:39 PM   #1
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We are having a loft conversion done and need to move the existing Combi boiler, currently sited up there, down to the garage/utility room.

We are hoping that it has sufficient spare capacity to cope with the addition of 2 more radiators to the system, x1 in the new loft conversion and another in the existing utility room, plus another shower in the loft. However, I am a little unsure of this as in it's current guise the shower flow reduces significantly when the washing machine is used at the same time. (might be looking at a new boiler Do they do p/ex? )

Has anyone got a rough idea of cost for the above works?
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Old 06 November 2006, 04:03 PM   #2
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the shower and washer both run on mains. thats y it loses pressure when u have both on, just like opening the hot and cold tap. boiler move = 500. 2 radiators 50 quid each. obviously dependant on how far the runs are.
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Unfortunately you will almost certainly need a new boiler for that amount of additional heat output. Assuming that your original boiler was specificed correctly.

Boilers should be fitted to run at their optimum level, no head room is usually given when assessing requirements. Your boiler will have an output between 60,000 - 120,00 BTU's.

Give British Gas a call they will give you free advice, just don't buy anything from them !!
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Old 06 November 2006, 08:18 PM   #4
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As you have a combi already fitted, you should have enough capacity for more radiators (as your boiler should modulate it's output dependant on the demand placed upon it).

Boiler output when combis are meantioned is completely irrelavant, as domestic hot water flow rates are quoted as priority (so a 30 kW boiler would be installed to gain a good DHW flow rate, even though you only require 15 kW to heat the house when in ch mode).

However, combi boilers are always rated at a set capacity for domestic hot water output (i.e. 14 litres of hot water at a 35 degree celcius temperature rise). If you are already having problems with flow rates, my guess is that a larger capacity boiler may not help you here. You are always restricted by the incoming mains pressure and flow rate (i.e. pointless having a 16 litre per minute combi if you are only getting 12 litres per minute from the mains).

The dynamic and static flow rates of the incoming mains water, needs to be tested and therefore it would be hard to even guess exact works cost without someone checking this.

TBH, 500 is not a realistic figure for the boiler move and more radiators. I would imagine a CORGI registered installer would charge a lot more (i know we would).

No-one can really say without seeing it first. Get someone to come and quote the job. Most people will come and do a free quotation.
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