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Electric boiler for hot water supply???

Postby cofotony » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:26 pm


I have just bought a flat but it needs work before I move in and I need some advice. It's a 2 bed place, has one bathroom that needs a complete refurb, and I will be adding one en-suite. Not a new build but all flats in the block have electric underfloor heating - there is no gas supply.

Currently the hot water is provided by an immersion heater alone but I am never around at the same times of day. I don't like the idea of constantly heating a tank of water and not using it, nor fancy running out of hot water mid shower or halfway through running a bath. Also, it would allow me to remove a large airing cupboard which currently takes up a lot of room in the bathroom, so for me it justifies the cost (sure I could relocate the boiler/piping via the kitchen or worst case just downsize the cupboard)?!.

I don't fancy 1 or 2 electric shower units. Would an electric boiler be a possible solution bearing in mind the following:

- It doesn't need to heat the flat as that is covered (would a smaller unit be adequate?);

- Although it will be just me initially, I need to "future proof" the place so have to consider that the hot water output would be adequate to cover powering perhaps 2 showers and a running tap in the kitchen for example;

- Not sure how much pressure I get on the mains water;

Thanks for your time, very helpful site!!!
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Postby sparx » Wed Apr 04, 2007 3:13 pm

try Stiebel Eltron DHC9.0 kW unit, obtainable from say for instance(usual disclaimers)
will need 40Amp supply but so do most single showers now,
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Postby gc » Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:23 pm

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Postby DONFRAMAC » Tue May 08, 2007 1:16 am

I have 26 years industrial experience of the brand quoted, and we only bought in a replacement unit once (same model). Otherwise it just needed occasional attention from our sparkies-- 3 elements, so 3 fuses in it and 3 contactors. The unit was the only one recommended by Kodak, who made the radiograph processor which depended on it.
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