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    Switching from gas to electric heating

    Hi all,

    I have a one-bedroom flat, rented out, with a gas combi boiler to provide space heating via radiators, and domestic hot water to taps and the shower. It's a small flat, very cheap to heat. There's not really space for a cylinder.

    ​​​​​​The boiler is 18 years old and increasingly unreliable. I'm thinking of ditching gas altogether and rewiring to provide simple electric panel heaters for space heating (not storage heaters), undersink instantaneous electric water heaters at hot taps, and an electric shower. I would remove the bath altogether and replace with a shower cubicle (my urban twenty-something tenants never seem to take baths). It seems to me that from a landlord's point of view that would be a more reliable and cheaper-to-maintain setup than gas.

    Anyone done the same? Any thoughts?

    #2
    You may find the EPC rating drops precipitously, so you can no longer rent it.

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      #3
      Do the shower and get a new gas combi. 18 years service is good - get one with a 7 year warranty from a well known make. They have improved a lot in that time.

      Unless you have superior insulation electric will be pricey and affect the EPC as above.



      Freedom at the point of zero............

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        #4
        Thanks both, the effect on the EPC hadn't occurred to me.

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          #5
          Air source heat pumps might reduce the EPC hit, but I suspect they have the same maintenance hit as gas boilers.

          I believe public policy is to phase out gas.

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            #6
            Just curious but I wonder how many gas boilers are fitted and the main heat source for homes in the UK?

            Next - how do you install air source heat pumps in flats that are not on the ground floor?



            Freedom at the point of zero............

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              #7
              Heat exchanger on the wall outside?
              I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                #8
                I think policy is to phase out natural gas, but can't modern boilers burn other fuels such as hydrogen or am I imagining that.

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                  #9
                  My advice is don't write off gas just yet. There are lots of ideas to convert the gas infrastructure, which is huge, to an alternative fuel eg hydrogen (a bit like when we went from House Gas, I think they called it that, to modern gas). The difficulty is how to make the change since everyone would likely have to change their gas appliances in some way for the changeover day.
                  The only other option for space heating is an air source heat pump. Heat pumps are expensive to purchase but cheap ish to run, unlike electric which is much more expensive to run but cheap to put in. EPCs presently do not like electric but like heat pumps. That said for a flat a heat pump is not such a good idea (unless on the ground floor) as when they defrost they pour water down the wall/balcony. I personally like FAR infrared heating panels which are easy to install with a small electric for the hot water for showers etc. Very cheap to run The EPC problem is there however and a lot of people cannot get their heads adjusted to infrared heating.

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