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53.13%

EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi Electric boiler

We have rated this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler at 53.13% using the PlumbProud quality scoring system. To determine a rating, we weigh up a number of important considerations including the energy efficiency, estimated running costs, manufacturer's warranty, price of the boiler and more.

We estimate that, on a standard, non-complicated installation, the supply and fitting charge for this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler will be around £2,500.

For professional advice on whether the EHC Astro 14.4kW is the right boiler for your home or to receive a free quotation, please call 01604 343053 to speak to our friendly team. You are also welcome to email us by clicking here or you can enter your postcode into the quotation box on this page.


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EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi Electric boiler frequently asked questions

EHC Astro 14.4kW - a regular boiler, combi boiler or system boiler?

Suitable for a house or a flat, the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi boiler is worth considering if you want a combi boiler.

In older British homes, traditional boilers required you to find room for one or more storage tanks. One tank would keep hot water warm and the other stored cold water for later heating. Manufacturers introduced combi boilers to the UK in the 1970s so that homeowners could get the warmth and hot water they needed without having to sacrifice too much valuable space – remember that residential property in this country is among the smallest in the Western world.

Combi boilers deliver hot water to your radiators and taps using water they draw directly from the mains supply. As mains water travels through a combi boiler, the technology within it heats the cold water instantly and on demand. The hot water is then distributed throughout your house.

Combi boilers have one drawback, however: they can only heat a certain amount of water within a given time. For example, if someone uses the shower and another person uses the hot water tap at the same time, water pressure drops because water reaches each point differently.

Is the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi boiler suitable for my house or apartment?

Selecting the right boiler for your property means selecting a boiler that is the right "size". And, by size, we don't mean how big it is, we mean how powerful it is - its "output".

The output rate tells you how much energy your boiler has to use to provide you and your family with hot water and central heating. A higher output rate means that it can heat greater volumes of water.

Please be aware, though - if you choose a boiler whose output is too low, the water in your radiators and coming from your taps may not be warm enough. Conversely, if you choose a boiler with too high an output, you'll pay more for electric than is necessary.

The EHC Astro 14.4kW combi boiler has an output level of 14.4 kW, so which types of property would it be appropriate for?

To most experienced Gas Safe engineers, the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi Astro would be most suitable for smaller homes and apartments with up to 10 radiators and one bathroom.

Please remember to consider "flow rates" as well when choosing your new boiler. All combi boilers including the EHC Astro 14.4kW draw water from the mains.

Each combi boiler has its own flow rate (measured in litres per minute) - this tells you how much water it can heat and distribute to your home’s taps and radiators straight from the mains. This EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler's flow rate is 6 L/m.

There is no benefit to you in choosing a combi with a high flow rate if your mains pressure is low - save money by buying a boiler whose flow rate is equal to or slightly more than the pressure in your water pipes.

In addition, if you have a lot of radiators and bathrooms in your home or you have a large household that often uses lots of hot water at the same time, like for regular morning and evening showers, a combi boiler may not be suitable.

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 EHC Astro 14.4kW boiler?

The EHC Astro 14.4kW is 740 mm in height, 435 mm in width and 320 mm in depth.

Astro 14.4kW – condensing or non-condensing?

The reason why the Government required all non-electric boilers to be "condensing" in 2005 was that they were much more energy-efficient. Rather than letting all exhaust gases escape into the atmosphere through the flue as older boilers did, condensing boilers use the warmth present in these gases to, for example, reheat water coming back from your radiators via a secondary heat exchanger. As electric boilers like the EHC Astro 14.4kW do not burn any fuel, they are more efficient by design, there are no gases to recycle, and so they are not covered by the 2005 law.

Is the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi good for the environment?

With more and more people concerned about climate change, how we heat our homes and the damage it does to the environment is increasingly being questioned by British homeowners.

In the UK, central heating systems account for 14% of greenhouse gas production. Gas boilers in particular are responsible for emissions of dangerous nitrogen dioxide in British cities.

Will you be helping the environment if you decide to install a EHC Astro 14.4kW combi in your home? Let’s look at the figures.

In the UK, all boilers manufactured and supplied must have an energy efficiency rating of at least 92% or a SEDBUK "A" grade. Prior to April 2018, the minimum rating was 88% (88% and 89% are equivalent to a SEDBUK "B" rating and anything higher is rated as an "A" grade).

The EHC Astro 14.4kW has been awarded an efficiency rating of 100% and a SEDBUK band rating of "D".

A penalty for being powered by electricity is reflected in the ERP ratings for this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler.

The ERP, short for the Energy Related Products Directive, is a European directive aimed at encouraging manufacturers to create products that are environmentally friendlier at all stages, including during manufacturing, when the product is in active use, and right through to the point of final disposal.

The EHC Astro 14.4kW is rated "TBC" by ERP assessors.

On some models of electric boilers, ERP ratings are judged in a different and unfair way. Some electric boilers score very low because the electricity they draw for power is often generated by burning fossil fuels. This is despite the fact that electric boilers are nearly always more efficient than their gas and oil counterparts, at around the 98% to 99% mark, in most cases.

Is there a warranty on the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi boiler if it breaks down?

Parts and labour charges incurred for repairs made to your new EHC Astro 14.4kW are covered by a 2 year warranty.


EHC Astro 14.4kW Electric Combi boiler specifications

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LocationExternal
Efficiency rating100%
Band ratingD
LPG Compatible?No
P/L Warranty2 Years
Output in kW14.4 kW
Height740 mm
Width435 mm
Depth320 mm
MountingWall
Flow rate6 L/m

The top 10 rated Electric Combi boilers

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

1Electric Heating Company Astro 12kW53.30%
2Electric Heating Company Astro 14.4kW53.13%
3Heatrae Sadia Electromax 9kW50.30%
4Heatrae Sadia Electromax 6kW50.14%

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EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi Electric boiler

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Plumbproud rating for this boiler
53.13%

Our PlumbProud quality scoring system uses many different factors, such as price installed, manufacturer guarantees, energy efficiency and the likely cost of running, among others, to determine a boiler's value for money rating. This EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler scores 53.13%.

We estimate that, on a standard, non-complicated installation, the supply and fitting charge for this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler will be around £2,500.

Get a better understanding of installation costs for the EHC Astro 14.4kW by entering your postcode in the box supplied on this page. You can also call our professional team with any boiler-related queries on 01604 343053. Alternatively, please click here to email us.


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EHC Astro 14.4kW Electric Combi boiler specifications

Powered by GasElectric
LocationExternal
Efficiency rating100%
Band ratingD
LPG Compatible?No
P/L Warranty2 Years
Output in kW14.4 kW
Height740 mm
Width435 mm
Depth320 mm
MountingWall
Flow rate6 L/m

EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi Electric boiler frequently asked questions

EHC Astro 14.4kW - a regular boiler, combi boiler or system boiler?

The EHC Astro 14.4kW is worthy of consideration if you're looking for a combi boiler for your flat or house.

Boilers traditionally required the installation of one or more large tanks around your property. These were filled with water that was either being heated or was to be heated later. British homes are among the smallest in the world so, to solve the space problem, manufacturers introduced combi boilers in the 1970s to offer homeowners the warmth and hot water supply they needed while taking up much less space.

A combi boiler is designed to heat both radiators and taps on demand and at the same time. Water from the mains passes through a combi boiler and the boiler's technology instantly turns it into hot water. Your boiler then distributes the hot water throughout your home.

The main disadvantage of combi boilers is that they have a maximum water volume capacity. What this means is that, if one person is using the shower while another uses a hot tap simultaneously, less water gets to each area, resulting in a fall in water pressure at both points.

Is the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi boiler a suitable option for my house or flat?

It's best to choose a boiler whose size or "output" is right for your home.

The more hot water and heat you want, the higher the output level of your boiler should be. Output is measured in kilowatts and it describes the maximum level of power your boiler has to heat water.

If your output level is too low, your boiler will not have the power it needs to get your water as hot as you want it, particularly when there's a lot of demand for it. Choose a boiler whose output level is too high and you'll have all the hot water you need but will be paying too much for it through higher electric bills.

Which types of property would this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler be appropriate for given its output of 14.4 kW?

A PlumbProud Gas Safe boiler installer would recommend that this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler be installed in smaller homes and apartments with one bathroom and up to 10 radiators.

With combi boilers, flow rates are as important a consideration as output rates.

All combi boilers draw water from the mains. They then heat this water instantly whenever it's needed and distribute it to your radiators and taps.

A boiler's "flow rate" describes how much water a boiler can draw from the mains at any one time, which it then heats and sends around your home (measured in litres per minute). This EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler's flow rate is 6 L/m.

If your home has a large number of radiators, a lot of bathrooms, or multiple people who wish to use the hot water at the same time, your combi boiler may not be able to draw as much water from the mains as it needs to serve everyone, regardless of how high the flow rate is.

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 EHC Astro 14.4kW boiler?

The EHC Astro 14.4kW is 740 mm tall, 435 mm wide, and 320 mm deep in size.

Is the EHC Astro 14.4kW non-condensing or condensing?

Electric boilers like the EHC Astro 14.4kW don't need to be modified to be "condensing" boilers because they operate differently to gas and electric boilers. Condensing non-electric boilers recycle the exhaust gases created as part of their operation to, among other tasks, heat water coming back from radiators. Electric boilers do not create exhaust gases and are, by design, more efficient and economical to run.

Is the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi good for the environment?

Environmentally-friendly heating has become an important issue for homeowners concerned about the accelerating pace of climate change.

In the largest cities of Britain, gas boilers are responsible for dangerous levels of atmospheric nitrogen dioxide emissions. In total, 14% of the UK’s greenhouse gases are produced by central heating systems.

Would choosing the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi be an environmentally-friendly choice? If so, let's look at its performance figures.

All boilers manufactured and installed in the UK are required to have an energy efficiency rating of 92% or above (or a good “A” SEDBUK rating). Before April 2018, when the law changed, the minimum energy efficiency level permissible was 88% (86-90% is a SEDBUK "B" rating and 90%+ is an "A" rating).

A boiler's energy efficiency rating indicates the amount of energy used and wasted during normal operational performance.

Following its assessment, the EHC Astro 14.4kW was given an efficiency rating of 100% and a SEDBUK grading of "D".

The boiler's poor ERP rating reflects the fact that it runs on electricity.

The ERP (or Energy Related Products Directive) is a European regulation governing products that require energy to operate throughout their lives and encourages manufacturers to create products that are more environmentally friendly.

The legislation is designed to reduce the potential for harmful gas emissions during manufacturing and actual use right through to the point of final disposal.

Because electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels, which is considered carbon-intensive, this is factored into the scores of some ERP electric boilers - unfairly. Operational energy efficiency for electric boilers is generally around the 98-99% level.

The ERP rating for the EHC Astro 14.4kW is "TBC".

Will I be covered if the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi breaks down?

Parts and labour charges incurred during a repair on the EHC EHC Astro 14.4kW boiler are covered by a 2 year warranty.


The top 10 rated Electric Combi boilers

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

1Electric Heating Company Astro 12kW53.30%
2Electric Heating Company Astro 14.4kW53.13%
3Heatrae Sadia Electromax 9kW50.30%
4Heatrae Sadia Electromax 6kW50.14%
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