Hi there,im new to this site and im a heating engineer. Just wanted to offer my opinion on which boilers to avoid and which ones to go for. I dont know much about the warranties etc, but i do know about the reliability which is obviously v important.
Best Boilers :wink: : Vokera Linea HE, Vokera Compact, Worcestor greenstar(expensive though), Alphas are not bad but are known for leaks.
Average(not good but there are far worse still: Ideal Icos/Isar/Mexico, Gloworm hxi/cxi, Vailliant(very expensive and over complicated)
Worst: Stay away from BAXI!!! The new solo's and suprimas are so bad!!!:evil: Buderus,Intermittant faults common on these which eng's struggle to sort and can be costly,
I think most engineers will tend to agree with me :wink:
I agree there's good boilers and bad boilers, I would never recommend an Alpha and wouldn't condemn - but wouldn't recommend Ideal.
I work on alot and have installed Baxi's 80e 105e 105HE and Potterton Promax. Don't have many problems with them, the problems you do have are easy to repair.
They are easy to work on, which reduces labour costs, reasonable prices for spare parts. They are also reasonably priced to purchase.
In my opinion you cant beat the 80e and 105e models. For user friendliness, labour and parts cost. Keeping customer and Heating Engineer happy. Most parts can be replaced within 15 - 20 mins (excluding main diverter and pressure vessel).
Im also in the heating trade and have to disagree with you. Vaillant, Worcester and Keston are the boilers i would put top of my list. Baxi and potterton are easy to work on and parts are ok. ideal can be tuff to change parts on. Alpha are not great and nether are Vokera. As years go by my preference changes but today this is how it stands.