Re: Electric Aga

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Clive

Re: Electric Aga

Post by Clive » Fri 15th Jul, 2005 3:29 pm

There are actually two types of electric Aga - the old one is the economy-7 type that charges up overnight. I have heard that some people have had problems with the elements in these - which are very expensive to fix. They also need a heavy duty supply, and are significantly more expensive to buy compared to oil or gas. More recently Aga have bought out the 13Amp version you have been recommended - probably in response to critiscism of the old type. The new electric cooker uses a totally different type of element, that is on all the time, and simply plugs into a standard 13Amp plug point. The initial cost of the cooker is similar to oil or gas. To compare running costs, get the Aga brochure as they detail how many units or litres of oil each type/size of cooker takes to run, so you can work it out. I believe the new electric is fairly comparable to oil - the old electric was a lot more expensive.
Both electric types still vent to the outside, though they only use a small bore pipe, and is fan assisted, and the new electric is more flexible with how this can be run.
I only know all this because I too cannot install an oil Aga in the position I want, when I do the kitchen next year, so I started to investigate further!

Clive

jocelyn plummer

Re: Electric Aga

Post by jocelyn plummer » Sat 16th Jul, 2005 10:44 pm

When the AGA consultant visited our property to discuss installation options, he advised us that an electric AGA could be up to 50% more in running costs.

We only have oil in the village and we believe our AGA to be using a litre per day. Running the Aga for cooking during the summer months without the central heating boiler as well, reduces our delivery from 5 week intervals up to the end of may, to at least 14 weeks. We anticipate our next oil delivery to be in September.

Have you had advice from an AGA consultant? Maybe we were just lucky with ours, he was very helpful and honest about all the possibilities.

Jocelyn

NT

Re: Electric Aga

Post by NT » Sat 16th Jul, 2005 11:34 pm

50% is not being honest. 200% more would be more honest.

NT

jason

Re: Electric Aga

Post by jason » Tue 25th Oct, 2005 6:42 pm

Your remark of 200% does tha relate to the old Economy 7 version or the new 13 Amp electric?

NT

Re: Electric Aga

Post by NT » Tue 25th Oct, 2005 11:51 pm

I dont know the relative levels of insulation, nor power ratings, nor gas annual inspection & maintenance costs, so really I was being premature there. What I had in mind is that leccy costs you several times the price per energy use compared to gas. But with those other factors, for all I know the salesman might even have been right. Salesmen telling the truth are a rarity, but I dont really know.

NT

Simon Lord

Re: Electric Aga

Post by Simon Lord » Thu 23rd Feb, 2006 1:31 pm

You may not be aware that not all oil Agas now need a standard chimney. Barry Charman of tradcookers (Newbury, UK) offers a pressure jet burner for an Aga that enables you to use a balanced flue, or a short length of flue pipe vented outside. I have had one running for two months with no problems.

Added advantages are that it can be run on a timer, and as it's buring the oil at far higher temps, it need servicing only once a year, and is about 30% more efficient. relighting it just needs a flick of the switch.

skier-hughes

Re: Electric Aga

Post by skier-hughes » Thu 23rd Feb, 2006 1:37 pm

Simon is this a buy a new Aga, or work that can be done to an exisitng one?

Graham

Simon Lord

Re: Electric Aga

Post by Simon Lord » Thu 23rd Feb, 2006 1:41 pm

Either - mine was was a pre-72 shell which had been re-enamelled and built on site, but the PJ unit was put in after it was fully built. I believe it's very easy to convert an existing Aga, but I have no experience. Barry is a very open guy, so Google him, call him, and find out.

The great advantage for me was being able to site it where we wanted, and not having to build 7m of flue for it.

skier-hughes

Re: Electric Aga

Post by skier-hughes » Thu 23rd Feb, 2006 1:49 pm

Thanks Simon, will do.

Graham

martyn johnson

Re: Electric Aga

Post by martyn johnson » Mon 27th Mar, 2006 5:19 pm

we had an AGA insstalled in 1997, it's the old style electric one and it's cost a fortune in spare parts 3 fans at £250 a time heater elements replaced and the printed circuit board "the brain" of this over priced storage heater plus thermocouples fuses you name it and more recently it's decided to take a charge during normal hours which AGA told us it cannot, but it does and does not display any signs (the red LED stays unlit) that it is-result massive power bills -AGA you can keep them-useless!!

NT

Re: Electric Aga

Post by NT » Wed 29th Mar, 2006 5:02 am

Agas are ranges, ie old fashioned inefficient cookers that stay on all the time. On paper they seem to have no plus points. Some folk like the style, some like leaving their oven all the time and think they need an Aga to do that, and maybe for some its unjustified social status comes into it.

Cue the other point of view <IMG SRC="http://www.periodproperty.co.uk/discuss ... /smile.gif" BORDER=0 ALT=":)">

NT

martyn johnson

Re: Electric Aga

Post by martyn johnson » Wed 29th Mar, 2006 10:08 am

thanks for that message NT . It's still a glorified storage heater that's used as a cooker - I have no social status issues with owning one, as it's 20cwt of pig iron- but what the heck the jack russell's find it a great place to sleep by even if it does need the national grid to run it- it might be green in colour but they are not green to run !!!

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