Vaillant Boilers Review – Are they the right choice?
Vaillant commenced operation back in 1874 as a craft work shop in Remschied, Germany. In 1894, they patented a “closed system” gas bath boiler, which was a very significant breakthrough in heating technology. Then in 1924, Vaillant developed a central heating boiler, which meant it was only necessary to have radiators in the rooms, rather than a fireplace or oven in each room.
In 2012, Vaillant’s entire range of ecoTEC boilers was awarded the Which? Best Buy award, and then in 2014, they were also awarded the Quiet Mark approval as well as the Superbrands title, putting them in the same league as other giant firms like Coca-Cola, BA & Rolls Royce.
Vaillant Boilers are available in Combi, System & Open-Vent models, and they also manufacture renewable solutions, such as ground source heat pumps, solar hot water systems and water cylinders for boiler use.
Starting with their Combi range, Vaillant Boilers provides hot water on demand which is very economic to run, since they heat the water straight from the mains water supply, rather than in an external hot water tank. They’re also small and space efficient, which is great for small houses. Combi boilers are all heated with gas and rely on good mains water pressure, so if your mains pressure is poor, a Combi might not suit your needs. Also, if you anticipate the need for regular hot water from multiple outlets at once, a Combi also might not be right for you.
Moving on from the Combi boiler range, the Vaillant System boiler range uses a central heating expansion vessel combined with the boiler and cylinder to heat water. This allows you to run more than 1 tap at the same time from your system.
Lastly, the Vaillant Boiler range includes their Open-Vent line of boilers. Open vent – often known as heat-only, conventional or traditional Vaillant boilers are suited to homes that already have a heating & hot water system. These boilers require a cold water storage tank in the loft, as well as a tank to maintain the water level of your heating system.
This range might be best if you are replacing an existing boiler with an older radiator system as it might struggle to handle the higher water pressure that the combi & system deliver. If your water pressure is low, a regular boiler might also be more suited.
Vaillant Boilers are certainly a good choice as a boiler, but there a few things you need to be aware of before purchasing.
Before you buy:
- Always ensure you get the advice of a qualified engineer before purchasing. They will be able to help you decide which boiler type and capacity is best suited for your own individual circumstances.
- Even if you’ve already 100% decided on Vaillant, don’t be in a rush to buy from the first place that quotes you. Different dealers charge different prices, even for the same product. Plus, their installation costs will vary from dealer to dealer. Remember, the price of the boiler itself is NOT the only thing you’ll need to pay for. You can see variations of hundreds of pounds, if not more, by the time you add in the extra installation costs.
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