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Old vs New Storage Heaters
How Storage Heaters Work
Storage Heater Repair
Storage Heater Control
Storage Heater VS Electric Radiator Costs
Dimplex Quantum Heaters
Storage Heaters Asbestos
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Office Storage Heaters
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Questions and Problems
We live in a well insulated three bedroomed semi detached bungalow which is 'all electric'. Our present storage heaters were installed more than 20 years ago. They appear to do a good job and even in the recent bitter weather the input level has never been set at higher than four - two below the max. With the output turned up high late afternoon the living room was perfectly comfortable during the evening.
Our monthly direct debit payment for all energy is £110. My wife and I are both pensioners.
I have given you all those details because I am wondering whether we would be wise to invest in new heaters as I have heard that the modern versions are much more efficient. Of course, if it is going to cost several thousand pounds for the installation then it would probably not be a sensible use of capital as we would be unlikely to recover the costs.
Any advice would be welcome.
We currently have a old storage heater and would like to replace it. However how do you know what size to install? We would also like one with a thermostat, timer and fan.
Can you please email me back with some advice.
low level stiebel eltron
Is the heater available in this country.
Hi. We have just moved into a semi detached house that only has electric heating. I am very unfamiliar with Storage Heaters and believe the currant 8 units are very dated.
Having read some of the forums and your info I'm beginning to believe that it would be in our financial/economic interest to replace them with new, more efficient models. Automatic or Fan Assisted heaters seem to be the most appropriate but I am struggling to discern which would be better for us.
I assume the Automatic unit constantly emits heat throughout the day but can be manually adjusted to low or high when appropriate. Can this also be automated, so it knows to release more heat first thing in the morning and then automatically reduce it for the day until increasing it again in the evening?
The Fan assisted heater seems to hold its heat better and will release it more efficiently when required BUT does the fan run all day or only when heat is wanted?
I have no idea how to work out the size of heater required for our rooms nor best make, and our budget is very limited, which means we could only afford to replace them in stages, starting with the more important ones - lounge, kitchen and family room.
Any support or advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
I just moved into a new flat, it is all electric no heating in the flat. I was told a storage heater would be the best option to use. What are the new storage heaters like today compared to the older ones?
I will be working all day so would want heat when I get back in the evenings, can the new storage heaters do that if so which brand do you recommend?
I have a Creda Storage Heater Model 79151C. I am trying to obtain a micro therm panel for it (Approx size 30inch by 21inch).
Can you help please.
Issue dimplex storage heater with heat boost
Heat boost is not working, advised last year in winter was able to override and charge heating during the day at day time electricity unit prices.
What Storage Heater?
I need a storage heater to make use of cheap evening electricity to heat an almost outside study. Three exterior walls with single brick skin, fourth wall is into the garage, so naturally very cold.
Which storage heater size? Ceiling height 2.0m width 1.5 m length 2.9m.
To minimise costs would you recommend anything other than Dimplex? What would you recommend and how much for various options?
Advice re night storage heaters.
I am making a photography studio and plan to put in night storage heaters.
I would like white modern looking ones to stay in keeping with the space I will be putting them in.
I want one big one and a few medium size ones.
Where can I view the products. Big one to be a combination or fan assisted to supply extra heat when necessary.
I am in Weston Super Mare near Bristol.
Can you tell me is it possible to obtain spares for a Unidare Storage Heater WM
Fan assisted storage heaters
I have 35 year old underfloor electric heating which manages to keep our rooms heated to about 19 – 20 degrees with outside temperature around 5 – 7 degrees with the room stat (i.e. charge control) set at max. As it’s not really enough for my wife, I would like to supplement it with a storage heater which I would switch on when colder temperatures are forecast. I prefer the “fan assisted storage heaters” to take advantage of their better insulation and therefore heat retention. Would the fact that the room temp does not go below about 18 degrees fool the “automatic controls” of the heater into not taking enough charge and therefore heat not be available in the evening when the room temperature drops and inactivity makes you want more heat. I do need good heat retention as it’s the evenings when the underfloor heating needs some help. I would very appreciate your comments.
Can you kindly advise where one can get Calortec storage heaters and how they compare to the Dimplex range available in UK? It seems very difficult to get comparative figures for efficiency of storage heaters.
Creda Storage Heaters
My Creda storage heater has stopped working in my rented flat. Unfortunately I am unable to check on the heater myself. Please could you let me know if there is a local engineer that may be able to look at it?
We have gas central heating and a wood burning stove, therefore the central heating is only needed to be on for 1hr in morning.
Our problem is downstairs north facing tiled top to bottom bathroom, that has no radiator only a duel towel rail, if this is on electric hardly makes a difference. The problem being not just the cold but condensation running down the walls which is driving me daft! It is so bad that one has to have a bath with the door open.
We are considering economy 7 and also putting a mini heater in the upstairs ensuite. But i am frightened of making a big mistake and obviously want to make the best choice.
Any suggestions appreciated.
I am considering getting a storage heater for my small home and hoping one good one will be sufficient to heat most of my home. It was recommended to me by someone at British Gas who I was complaining to about my huge electricity bill (central heating needs new boiler which I cannot afford).
Which is the best storage heater, do you suggest, and where in East London could I purchase one? What is the average price for one?
Could you help me please. I am thinking of purchasing a storage heater for a bedroom, size 10ft by 13ft. What size heater would you recommend and which product would be most suitable?
Many Thanks for your assistance
I have just moved into a house where the previous occupier has had Sunhouse storage heaters installed, I really can't understand how they work, I pop the input on number 5 in the living room which is the biggest room in the house to heat therefore it gets cooler quicker, and turn the output to number 4 to enable the room to have a constant warm/hot temperature, but every evening around 7 onwards the room is quite on the chilly side and the heater has certainly lost all it's heat, would you know what I can do to help this?
Sorry to ask if you don't normally answer questions.
Berry Magicoal Night Storage Heaters
I have bought a house containing a Berry Magicoal Night Storage Heater. There is no other marking on the heater other than the words "Berry Magicoal".
The list of night storage heaters available from Asbestos Information Centre lists some types of Berry Magicoal heaters as containing asbestos, and some not. Is there any place I get help to identify which model of heater I have, ie through pictures maybe?
I do not want to incur unnecessary expense of arranging for the heater to be disposed of by a specialist contractor if it is not actually containing asbestos. Also, I had already partially dismantled the heater because a friend wanted the bricks- neither of us had any idea that these heaters contained asbestos.
Storage Heater Repair
I have a storage heater that is quite old and doesnt work.
What is there to go wrong with a storage heater?
Is it worth trying to repair or is it a replacement job and who is likely to repair the heater?
My mother’s cottage has two large old storage heaters (I think they are Elektra and at least 30 years old) in the sitting room. One of them is now not working and she is thinking of replacing both of them. The sitting room is approximately 27ft by 10 ft with two windows about 5ft by 3ft, not double-glazed. The room above is her bedroom, which is often not heated.
I have read a little and guess one with an automatic feature would be good, and possibly a fan to boost the temperature, temporarily, if necessary.
I would like some advice on the most appropriate ones to buy and the power/wattage (?) needed.
Repair - Dimplex Storage Heater
I have 2 Dimplex storage heaters (CXL and XLS) range that do not produce any heat. The CXL one has power running to it and both orange lights illuminate, but no heat. The XLS one has no power to it.
Can you advise of a Engineer in my area that could have a look at them? Based in Middlesex
Storage Heater For Porch
(I heat the house with a multi fuel stove/boiler to give hot water and heat to radiators radiators)
Please can you advise me on the following:
i Would like to heat a porch approx 1.2m X 1.2m
What storage heater would i require?What is the best one on the market?
Can I plug the storage heater into a normal 13a socket?
MY name is walls and i would like to order a dimplex storage heater 3.4kW if you have in stoke mail me back with the price of each of them and also which payment do you accept and mail me back soon.
Asbestos in storage heaters
As mentioned at storage heaters with asbestos page, some of the older ranges of storage heaters have asbestos in them. Do any of the storage bricks within the heaters themselves conatin Asbestos?
It would be great to know.
We have a fairly large house - the lounge alone measures 20' x 30' and we have storage heaters downstairs. These storage heaters are excellent for heating the house - too good sometimes - but I feel they are very expensive to run even although we are on Economy 7.
They are Dimplex XL and probably somewhere in the region of 20 years old.
My question is, are these storage heaters less economical to run than the newer models and would the newer models kick out as much heat as the old ones for less cost, and if so, roughly percentage-wise, how much could we expect to save. Difficult question to answer, I know.
What Storage Heater
I am considering moving to a retirement flat that is all electric with storage heaters. The heaters are 20 years old and need replacing. I am unsure of the best type to look at. I want heaters with timers, and heat adjustment manually when it is very cold. I like very warm rooms and during the winter the heating on most of the time. I therefore need to know the best radiator for efficiency and economy. I understand the economy 7 and 10 tariffs are not always cost effective. I see there are many types of other electric radiators available also, and perhaps these would be more suitable.
Any information would be appreciated.
Mrs V. Chick
I'm currently in the process of replacing my sisters old storage heaters with new pannel heaters and just wanted to check a couple of things with you guru's.
There are two storage heaters in her flat and she is on White Meter. At the main trip switch, there are three switches set aside for the storage heaters (HALLWAY, LIVING ROOM). I'm replacing them both with pannel heaters that work straight off 230v.
Im going to mount the new pannel heater at a different location in the living room, so what could I do to make the existing supply running to it (through a converter) redundant?
The flat is small, and the place she wants it is going to cover a 2 gang socket outlet just now. Could I just replace this with a DP switch, and would it be safe behind the pannel heater thats seperated from the wall?
Also, because the hallway storage heater does not have a converter, can I run the new pannel heater off the existing 230v supply running to it?
Would she be better moving off the white meter now she has got rid of the storage heaters?
Thank you for the information provide on your website.
I have a 2 bedroom flat in Anerley, Crystal Palace SE20 and need to install 2 x storage heaters in the bedrooms.
Can you please help me get a quote as to how much it will cost for installation.
I look forward to your response
Advice on which storage heater to choose
I just got a property, its all electric, no gas coming in the property, has no heating, I have to get an electric, can you tell me are storage heaters any better than the older ones? I have been told that they are cheaper to run is that correct? What make would you recommend and size?
Economy 7 storage heaters
I wonder if you could tell me how much is it to install economy 7 storage heaters? I have got economy 7 in my flat.
DIMPLEX XP18 Storage Heater
Please can you inform me if a thermostat control is still obtainable for the DIMPLEX XP18 storage heater?
Creda TSR Storage Heater
We have one Creda TSR storage heater that three of the four heat elements do not come, is there anywhere i can purchase them?
Would you please E-mail us priced detals of Creda night storage heaters together with details of availibity in northumberland area.
Your early reply would be appreciated.
Output switch on Newlec night storage heater
I have two 3.4KW Newlec night storage heaters in my property. On one of the heaters, the output dial/ switch on top of the appliance does not seem to adjust the heat output on the vent. I have tried changing the switch from the other one, so the switch itself is not faulty, but I can not hear the vent opening and closing as it should. Therefore it is releasing too much heat at one time.There is a company local to me who deal with night storage heaters, but he is telling me that he can replace it with a Creda storage heater for £380 as the Newlec is rubbish!. Do I need to go this far or can it be repaired by a honest tradesman? Would you be so kind to offer me a solution to this problem.
Many thanks in advance,
I am making a photography studio and plan to put in night storage heaters
I would like white modern looking ones to stay in keeping with the space I will be putting them in.
Where can I view the products. Big one to be a combination or fan assisted to supply extra when necessary.
If white is your requirement then the Creda storage heater range is the one to go for. (Other manufactuer's models are cream)
Creda's normal range is called the TSR and the fan storage range is called the SFH
i Would like to heat a porch approx 1.2m X 1.2m, What storage heater would i require?What is the best one on the market? Can I plug the storage heater into a normal 13a socket?
The Dimplex heating brochure provides a 'ready reckoner' which should allow you to estimate the size of model you need.
Remember! Storage heaters have to be fitted to special off peak circuits within a home and not plugged in to the nomal plug sockets