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Alpha E TEC PLUS 38 boiler

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87.57%

Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi Gas boiler

Based on a wide-ranging set of important factors including the cost to install the boiler, its energy efficiency rating, running costs, and so on, this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler receives a score of 87.57% on our PlumbProud quality scoring system.

This Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler will cost approximately £2,100 supplied and fully installed through PlumbProud assuming that there are no unexpected complications during the fitting.

For advice on whether this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler is suitable for your home or to receive a free quotation on theAlpha Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38, please call 01604 343053 to speak to one of our team. Alternatively, click here to email us or enter your postcode into the quotation box on this page.


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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 may be worth considering if you are looking for a combi boiler for your house or flat.

Traditional boilers need one or more large tanks to work - one to heat and keep water warm for immediate use and the other to store water intended for heating later. Finding space for these large tanks is difficult in British residential property - remember that our houses and flats are among the smallest in the world. This is the problem that combi boilers were designed to solve when they were introduced in the 1970s.

Combi boilers don't need a tank - instead, they instantly heat water drawn from the mains using technology inside the boiler. This hot water is then distributed immediately to your taps or radiators on demand.

The biggest disadvantage to combi boilers is that they have a maximum capacity for heating water, meaning that they work best when only one point within a household wants hot water. For example, if someone is taking a shower and another person uses a hot water tap at the same time, the water pressure, volume and temperature to both points drops.

Is a Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi a suitable choice for my house or flat?

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

Your boiler's output indicates the maximum amount of power available to it to heat the water you need to warm your radiators or when you want hot water from your taps. A higher output rate means that your boiler is capable of heating greater volumes of water.

If a boiler's output rate is too low, you'll often find that the water is not as hot as you want it to be. Too high, however, and you'll end up paying more for your gas than you should be.

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

An experienced PlumbProud boiler engineer would recommend that this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler be installed in medium-sized homes and larger apartments with 10-15 radiators and two bathrooms.

With combi boilers, you need to consider the flow rate as well as the output rate. The flow rate (shown in litres per minute) measures how much water your boiler can draw from the mains which it then instantly heats and distributes to your taps and radiators.

However, a high flow rate is of little to no value if your local water pressure is low. If your local mains water pressure is 10l/m and your flow rate is 12l/m, your boiler will only be able to process 10l/m.

If you live in an area with high water pressure but your household has multiple bathrooms and/or radiators and many members of your household want to use hot water at the same time (like morning or evening baths or showers), it's unlikely that you'll be able to find a combi with a high enough flow rate.

As an indication, a power shower needs about 10 litres of water per minute, whereas the flow rate of this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler is 16 L/ml/m.

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.


Making space for the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38

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

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

The Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 is a condensing gas boiler - we’d strongly recommend that you choose the very latest condensing model for your home.

Condensing boilers run on either gas or oil and are manufactured specifically to improve energy efficiency. They do this by capturing and recycling the warmth present in flue exhaust gases and water vapour condensation into more usable heat the system can use, meaning they're far more efficient and cost less to run.

Is the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi an environmentally friendly boiler?

As the British public has become more conscious of climate change, many homeowners consider the environment when choosing how to heat their homes.

Dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions in larger UK cities are caused by gas boilers in domestic properties, and 14% of the UK’s greenhouse gas production is as a result of central heating.

Will choosing to install a Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi in your home help the environment? Let's review the 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".

The Energy Related Products (ERP) Directive is important European legislation that aims to limit energy use and harmful gas emissions during the manufacturing process, when the product is in use, and after it is disposed of.

For the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38, the ERP Heat rating is "A" and the ERP Water rating is "A".

What is the warranty period for the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38?

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


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

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%

In our PlumbProud quality testing, this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler scores 87.57%. We determine our rating based on a number of different factors including installation costs, manufacturer guarantees, energy efficiency, and operating costs.

This Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler is likely to cost you £2,100 supplied and fully installed through PlumbProud, although there may be additional charges if the fit takes longer than anticipated. You will, however, receive a binding quote from us prior to starting work.

To receive a free quote on the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 boiler, as well as professional advice on whether it will meet the needs of your home, simply enter your postcode in the quote box on this page, click here to email us, or call 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 boiler a combi, system or regular boiler?

The Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 boiler is a combi boiler you may wish to consider when looking for a new boiler for your house or flat.

Traditional boilers often have up to two tanks that either store heated water or water to be heated later. Boiler manufacturers introduced combi boilers in the 1970s to avoid the need for those big tanks. Combi boilers allow homeowners to benefit from the reliable central heating and hot water level they want but without having to give up so much space within their properties - remember that homes in the UK are among the smallest in the developed world.

Your taps and radiators get the hot water they need with a combi boiler. Combi boilers draw cold water direct from the mains which is then heated instantly on demand and distributed to your radiators and taps.

However, combi boilers cannot heat very large volumes of water, which is their main disadvantage. So, for example, when someone wants to take a shower while another person wants to use a hot water tap to do the dishes, water pressure and quantity to both points decreases.

Is a Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi the right boiler for my house or flat?

It's best to choose a boiler whose size or "output" is right for your property. With boilers, however, size does not mean how big a boiler is, it means how much power it has.

A boiler’s output indicates the amount of power it can use when heating the water which it then sends to your taps and radiators. The higher the output rate, the more water it can heat.

If a boiler’s output is too low, there will be times when your hot water might not be as hot as you want it to be. If it is too high, you’ll likely be paying more than you need to for your gas.

Measured in kilowatts, the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi's output level is 32 kW, so which types of property would this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler be an appropriate choice 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.

As well as the output rate, you need to consider "flow rate" when choosing a combi boiler.

The flow rate describes how much water a combi boiler can draw from the mains, instantly heat, and then send to your radiators. Flow rates are measured in litres per second and this Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 Combi boiler's flow rate is 16 L/m.

The water in your mains pipe also has its own flow rate - normally between 10 and 12l/m in most parts of Britain. This means that, if you choose a combi boiler with a flow rate of 17l/m where local water pressure is 11lm, it won't actually process more water because of the slower flow rate of the mains.

In addition, larger households with more than one bathroom, multiple radiators, and where family members may want to use hot water at the same time (like morning showers) may actually need a boiler with a higher flow rate than either the boiler or the local mains pipe.

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.


The size of the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 in millimetres

Alpha’s E-TEC PLUS 38 is TBC mm tall, TBC mm wide, and TBC mm deep.

E-TEC PLUS 38 – 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.

Is the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi considered environmentally friendly?

With environmental issues in the spotlight, more and more homeowners are becoming concerned about how they heat their homes and how much they're contributing towards combatting climate change.

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.

Do the figures suggest that installing the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi at your property would help in the fight against climate change?

All boilers manufactured and supplied in the UK are assigned two energy efficiency ratings. By law, they must achieve a SEDBUK "A" rating subject to a minimum efficiency level of 92%. Prior to that, the minimum was 88% (88% and 89% are equivalent to a SEDBUK "B" grade and 90% and above an "A" grade).

The ratings awarded to the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 are 93% with a SEDBUK rating of "A".

The Energy Related Products Directive (ERP) came into force in 2015. This legislation was introduced to encourage manufacturers to create more energy-efficient products and it covers all products that consume energy during their lifetimes, including energy used during production and at the point of disposal.

ERP ratings of "A" for heat and "A" for water were assigned when testing the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38.

What is the warranty period on a Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 combi boiler?

You receive a parts and labour warranty of 13 years with the Alpha E-TEC PLUS 38 boiler.


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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