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87.57%

Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi Gas boiler

We score each boiler we sell by considering a number of different factors including price installed, manufacturer guarantees, energy efficiency, the likely cost of running, and more. For this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler, we have awarded a rating of 87.57%.

We estimate that, on a standard, non-complicated installation, the supply and fitting charge for this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler will be around £2,100.

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Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi Gas boiler frequently asked questions

Is this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 boiler a combi, system or regular boiler?

The Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 is a gas combi boiler.

Combi boilers were introduced by manufacturers in the 1970s to offer British homeowners a way to cheaply and reliably heat their homes and have hot water without taking up too much space. Previously, most boilers had one or more storage tanks, which either heated water and kept it warm or held water to be heated later.

With combi boilers, there is no need to find space for large tanks around your home as the hot water needed for your radiators and taps is available on demand. Combi boilers do this by drawing water from your mains supply, heating it instantly whenever you need it and then distributing it to where it's needed in the home.

The major disadvantage to combi boilers is that they have a maximum capacity for heating water. In a larger household, water pressure, volume and temperature will drop if two or more people are trying to use hot water at the same time.

Should I install a Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi boiler in my house or apartment?

To determine that, we need to consider the size of the boiler. Size doesn't mean how big the boiler is - it means how big its "output" is.

This Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler gets its power from gas and the power it's capable of producing is measured in kilowatts - the output rate is actually a kilowatt rate. The higher the output rate, the more kilowatts a boiler can use when heating water.

If you choose a boiler whose output rate is too low, it may not have enough power to make your water as hot as you would like. If you choose a boiler whose output rate is too high, you won't have to put up with lukewarm water but you will face higher gas bills.

The Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi boiler has an output level of 32 kW, so which types of property would it be appropriate for?

An experienced Gas Safe boiler installer would recommend that, at this level of output, the most suitable type of property for this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler would be medium-sized homes and larger apartments with 10-15 radiators and two bathrooms.

You'll also need to be sure to choose a combi boiler with the right flow rate for your home.

The flow rate indicates the maximum volume of hot water (measured in litres per minute) that your boiler can distribute at any given time. This means that if you and your family are likely to be using several taps and showers simultaneously or you have a lot of radiators, you need a boiler with a high flow rate. This Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler's flow rate is 16 L/m.

As with all combi boilers, the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 is only able to heat and distribute water at the rate at which it actually enters your property.

For this reason, you shouldn't purchase a boiler with a very high flow rate if the flow rate in your mains pipes is lower because the extra capacity doesn't mean it can draw more water from the mains pipes.

When our engineer comes out to quote you, they may recommend that you choose a heat only boiler or system boiler instead if your family's demand for hot water is higher than normal.


What are the dimensions of the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 boiler?

The Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 is TBC mm tall, TBC mm wide, and TBC mm deep in size.

Is this Alpha boiler non-condensing or condensing?

We recommend that, if possible, you select one of the very latest condensing gas boilers on the market like the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38.

Condensing boilers are better for the environment because they capture and recycle the heat still present in flue exhaust gases and water vapour condensation for re-use, meaning lower greenhouse gas emissions.

They're also a lot cheaper to run meaning that, if you're replacing a very old and inefficient boiler, the savings on your gas bill over 5-10 years add up to more than you pay for the boiler itself.

How energy efficient is the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi boiler?

How we heat our homes is an issue which many homeowners worry about as the world combats climate change and environmental damage.

14% of the UK’s greenhouse gas production comes from central heating. In the bigger cities, gas boilers in particular are responsible for dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions.

Would choosing a Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi help in the fight against climate change? What do the performance statistics suggest?

All boilers manufactured and installed in the UK are required by law to have an energy efficiency rating of at least 92%, equivalent to a good “A” rating on the SEDBUK scale. Before this, the minimum was 88% (ratings of 88% and 89% are equivalent to a high “B” SEDBUK rating and anything 90% or higher is an "A" rating).

A boiler's energy efficiency rating is designed to let you know how much energy is used and wasted during normal functioning.

The Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 was given an efficiency rating of 93% and a band rating of "A".

The ERP (or Energy Related Products Directive) is European legislation which applies to all products that consume energy throughout their lifetime.

Its purpose is to encourage manufacturers to offer products that are kinder to the environment by reducing harmful gas emissions at all stages, from production and end use right through to disposal.

The ERP rating for the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 is "A" for heat and "A" for water.

Does a Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi boiler come with a warranty period?

Alpha offers a parts and labour warranty of 13 years on the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38.


Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Gas Combi boiler specifications

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LocationExternal
Condensing?Yes
Efficiency rating93%
Band ratingA
LPG Compatible?Yes
P/L Warranty13 Years
Output in kW32 kW
MountingWall
Flow rate16 L/m
ERP HeatA
ERP WaterA

The top 10 rated Gas Combi boilers

Using the Plumbproud scoring system, the current 10 ten Gas Combi boilers assessed using a number of important variables are as follows:

1Vaillant ecoTEC Plus 82593.35%
2Vaillant ecoTEC Plus 83292.98%
3Worcester Bosch Greenstar 2000 25kW92.89%
4Viessmann Vitodens 050-W 29kW92.66%
5Vaillant ecoTEC Plus 83592.60%
6Worcester Bosch Greenstar CDi Compact 2892.57%
7Vaillant ecoFIT Pure 82592.39%
8Vaillant ecoTEC Plus 83892.16%
9Vaillant ecoTEC Exclusive IQ 83591.90%
10Vaillant ecoTEC Pro 2491.77%

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Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi Gas boiler

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Plumbproud rating for this boiler
87.57%

Using factors such as price installed, manufacturer guarantees, energy efficiency and the likely cost of running, among others, this model has been rated as scoring 87.57% on the PlumbProud boiler benchmarking system.

On a standard fit, we would expect this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler to cost you £2,100 supplied and fully installed by an experienced Gas Safe PlumbProud fitter.

Enter your postcode in the box provided and receive a free quote for the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 boiler for your home. We are also happy to answer any questions you might have about any of our boilers. You can do this by emailing the team or calling us today on 01604 343053.


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Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Gas Combi boiler specifications

Powered by GasGas
LocationExternal
Condensing?Yes
Efficiency rating93%
Band ratingA
LPG Compatible?Yes
P/L Warranty13 Years
Output in kW32 kW
MountingWall
Flow rate16 L/m
ERP HeatA
ERP WaterA

Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi Gas boiler frequently asked questions

Is the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 a combi, system or regular boiler?

The Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 boiler could be suitable for your house or flat if you are looking for a new combi boiler.

Combi boilers have much to recommend them - not least the fact that they save a lot of space. Combination (or combi) boilers were introduced by manufacturers in the 1970s to provide practical central heating and hot water distribution to smaller properties - remember that UK houses and flats tend to be among the smallest in the developed world.

Traditional boilers require one or more storage tanks to keep hot water warm and to store water for heating later. In contrast, combi boilers draw water directly from the mains supply and heat it instantly, removing the need for a storage tank. The heated water is then distributed to your taps and radiators on demand.

While combi boilers are suitable choices for many properties, especially those without a loft, there is also a disadvantage in using them. Water is heated instantly and the volume of water that can be heated at any one time is limited. This can result in less water being sent to taps and showers if more than one is being used simultaneously. In these instances, the water pressure to both points will drop.

Would the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi boiler be suitable for my house or flat?

To determine that, we need to consider the size of the boiler. Size doesn't mean how big the boiler is - it means how big its "output" is.

This Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler gets its power from gas and the power it's capable of producing is measured in kilowatts - the output rate is actually a kilowatt rate. The higher the output rate, the more kilowatts a boiler can use when heating water.

If you choose a boiler whose output rate is too low, it may not have enough power to make your water as hot as you would like. If you choose a boiler whose output rate is too high, you won't have to put up with lukewarm water but you will face higher gas bills.

The Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi boiler has an output level of 32 kW, so which types of property would it be appropriate for?

An experienced PlumbProud heating engineer would recommend that the most suitable type of property for a Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi would be medium-sized homes and larger apartments containing 10-15 radiators and providing hot water for two bathrooms.

You also need to choose a combi boiler with the right flow rate for where you live.

A combi boiler's flow rate is the maximum volume of water (measured in litres per minute) that it can heat and distribute to your radiators, taps and showers at the same time. This Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler's flow rate is 16 L/m.

However, combi boilers like the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 draw water directly from the mains and heat it instantly.

If your mains pressure is 12 litres per minute, your boiler can only heat and distribute hot water at a rate of 12 litres per minute even if it has a higher flow rate.

Combi boilers also struggle when multiple people in your home want to use hot water at the same time - for example, someone running the hot water tap in the kitchen and two people wanting to shower in separate bathrooms.

When our engineer comes out to quote you, they may recommend that you choose a heat only boiler or system boiler instead if your family's demand for hot water is higher than normal.


Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 size

The Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 boiler measures TBC mm [H] x TBC mm [W] x TBC mm [D] in size.

E-TEC PLUS 38 – non-condensing or condensing?

The Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 is a condensing gas boiler - where possible, we always recommend to clients that they choose one of the very latest condensing boilers to take advantage of this technology, which improves year after year.

Condensing boilers are more energy-efficient as they capture and recycle the heat contained in flue exhaust gases and water vapour condensation. They then use this heat to perform tasks like warming up colder water returning to the boiler from the radiators.

By choosing a condensing boiler, you'll help the environment as well as save money on your gas bills.

How does the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi rate environmentally?

Concern for the environment is causing more and more homeowners to think about how they heat their homes and its impact on climate change.

Central heating produces 14% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. Gas boilers in the larger cities emit dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide.

Would choosing the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi be an environmentally-friendly choice? If so, let's look at its performance figures.

Boilers manufactured after April 2018 in the UK must achieve an "A" on the SEDBUK grading system as well as score a minimum of 92% on a separate energy efficiency test. Prior to that, the minimum was 88% - boilers rated at 88% and 89% were given a “B” rating (90% and higher were given an "A").

An energy efficiency rating describes how much energy the boiler uses and how much it wastes when in use.

The Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 was awarded an efficiency rating of 93% with a SEDBUK grading of "A".

In 2015, new legislation was introduced by the EU to encourage manufacturers to develop more energy-efficient products that emit fewer harmful gases throughout their lifetime.

The Energy Related Products Directive (ERP) applies to all products that consume energy, including during the manufacturing process, at the point of final disposal, and all points in between.

The ERP rating of the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 is "A" for heat and "A" for hot water.

How long is the warranty offered by the manufacturer for the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 boiler?

The parts and labour warranty offered with this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler covers you for 13 years.


The top 10 rated Gas Combi boilers

Using the Plumbproud scoring system, the current 10 ten Gas Combi boilers assessed using a number of important variables are as follows:

1Vaillant ecoTEC Plus 82593.35%
2Vaillant ecoTEC Plus 83292.98%
3Worcester Bosch Greenstar 2000 25kW92.89%
4Viessmann Vitodens 050-W 29kW92.66%
5Vaillant ecoTEC Plus 83592.60%
6Worcester Bosch Greenstar CDi Compact 2892.57%
7Vaillant ecoFIT Pure 82592.39%
8Vaillant ecoTEC Plus 83892.16%
9Vaillant ecoTEC Exclusive IQ 83591.90%
10Vaillant ecoTEC Pro 2491.77%
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