Condensing Boilers

At MS Cookers and Boilers we’re proud of being Huddersfield’s boiler experts. As experts in the installation of new boilers we feel it’s our responsibility to share our knowledge with you.
We all know what a boiler is and generally that it heats up water for showers, baths and washing up – but have you ever wondered what exactly a condensing boiler is and how it works?
MS Cookers and Boilers takes you through our most frequently asked questions about condensing boilers.

What is a condensing boiler?

Condensing boilers, whether fuelled by gas or oil, stand as a pinnacle of efficiency, boasting a remarkable efficiency rating, typically exceeding 90%. The secret to their efficiency lies in their ability to condense water within exhaust gases. This process reclaims latent heat that would otherwise go to waste, presenting a more sustainable and energy efficient heating solution.

How do I know if I have a condensing boiler?

Since 1st April 2005, all new gas boilers installed in the UK have been required by law to be condensing boilers. The same rule came into effect for oil boilers in 2007. These new regulations were brought into place to combat climate change, with an estimated 40% of UK emissions coming from households. So the chances are, unless your boiler was installed before 2005, you already own a condensing boiler.

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Is a condensing boiler the same as a combi boiler?

Whilst the terms combi boiler and condensing boiler are used interchangeably, this is not actually true.  A combi boiler, or combination boiler,  removes the need for water storage tanks as the entire system is controlled through the boiler itself.

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What are the advantages of a condensing boiler?

There are many advantages to a condensing boiler:

  • Lower energy bills – better for the wallet
  • Lower fuel consumption – better for the planet
  • Lower carbon emissions – reducing your carbon footprint
  • Smaller in size – taking up less valuable space in your home

However, there are always some points to consider. In colder months the condensate pipe is exposed to lower temperatures and at risk of freezing. The liquid can then build up and ultimately stop the boiler from working. This can easily be avoided by insulating the condensate pipe thoroughly, but if it does happen you can take a look at our Facebook page for tips on thawing your condensate pipe.

How long do condensing boilers last?

The life of a condensing boiler will vary depending on it’s model, build quality and usage. You can, however, extend the life of any boiler through a quality annual service. Servicing your boiler annually can not only pro-long the lifespan of a boiler but also pick up any potential issues before they stop your boiler working.
An annual service should be completed by a Gas Safe or Oftec registered engineer. You can read all about MS Cookers and Boilers annual boiler servicing here.

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