Commercial Combi Boilers – 4 kW to 100 kW Output – Gas Fired
Commercial combi boilers or commercial combination boilers, whichever you want to call them, are generally considered to be the United Kingdom’s most popular type of boiler. A commercial combi boiler or combination commercial boiler is a very compact and highly efficient boiler, that not only supplies all the heating requirements, but also the hot water for sanitary use, such as bathing or showering, washing up, food preparation, hand washing etc, from many applications such as larger households to commercial applications.
They ensure not only significant savings on installations costs, but also guarantee lower running cost too, making them the best choice from many larger domestic properties or commercial heating requirements, where heating and hot water are required.These boilers are floor standing condensing combi boilers, that can be fired with either natural gas or LPG ( propane ).These condensing boilers provide high efficiency energy generation with their “Premix Technology” and “Condensing Technology”.
COMBINATION COMMERCIAL BOILERS
A “true” combination boiler combines a water heater and central heating boiler in a compact unit, and usually uses a plate heat exchanger to produce the domestic hot water, which when a hot water tap is turned on, the boiler sends the heat produced from the heating side of the boiler, via a control valve to the plate heat exchanger, which then heats up the domestic hot water, until the hot water tap is turned off.
The heat these combi boilers produced can either be utilized by either the central heating system or to the domestic hot water taps.
One of the potential issues with a commercial combi boiler is that they require good mains water pressure to achieve good hot water flow rates, and also a large enough plate heat exchanger to achieve this. We classify these units as “a true commercial combination boiler”
If you have a low mains water pressure, then it can result in your hot water flowing out at merely a trickle, meaning showering becomes a poor experience, or that filling a bath literally takes for ever.
We at Flexiheat UK, have overcome these potential problems by producing a commercial combi boiler that has an element of domestic hot water storage, which can be supplied with cold water from either the mains supply ( must be specified at time of enquiry), or a cold-water storage tank. Thus, this boiler can really be classified as a “commercial combination boiler with hot water storage”, and we think it’s the best solution for low water pressure problems.
Commercial Gas Combi Boiler -Features and Benefits
- Compact size – A commercial combination boiler is very compact having a small foot print when compared to the older traditional boiler and indirect cylinder set up found in commercial heating and hot water applications. Even though these boilers have a hot water storage element, due to the high recovery rates, they are much smaller in size, but give the same or even better performance!
- Reduced installation time and cost – Also because they are mains water fed, there is no need for a cold-water storage tank in the roof or loft space, which benefits with installation costs, as less pipework and labour time is required to fit one of these boilers whilst removing the potential of these pipes or water tank freezing in the British winter period – another benefit.
- Excellent efficiency– These commercial combi boilers are up to 109% efficient, when working on a 30% heating load at 30 Degrees C (typically an underfloor heating system), and are up to 98% efficient at the minimum load when being used on an 80/60 Degrees C heating system (typically an older radiator designed system). Heating a larger home or commercial building is therefore more affordable when compared to conventional non condensing boilers.
- Adjustable kW output – you can set the boilers to have a maximum power output for example -Then the unit will modulate up and down its output range, to your specified maximum kW output
The 50kW Commercial combi boiler – can be set up to any figure up to 53kW of output (on a 50/30C flow and return system), thus it can be a 40 kW combi Boiler, a 42 kw combi boiler, a 50kW or even a 52 kW etc, whatever your requirements –
The 70 kW Commercial combi boiler – can be set up to any figure up to 79.35kW of output (on a 50/30C flow and return system) thus it can be a 60 kW combi Boiler, a 55 kw combi boiler etc, a 50kW combi boiler etc.
The 100kW model – anywhere from 5.29 to 106.80 kW output at 50/30C flow and return.
This gives you maximum flexibility, and can also future proof your commercial combi boiler, should you wish to add to your property or premises in the future and require more heating power output
The two ranges of commercial gas fired combination boilers
1. A “True” commercial combination boiler, that utilises a plate heat exchanger to produce the Domestic hot water, and therefore has no water storage element
This range is designated the “RK range” and are available in either natural gas or LPG. These are available in the following sizes
A) A 50kW version – whereby the plate heat exchanger is integral to the casing – This boiler is a modulating boiler with a power range of – 5.29 to 53.40kW output at 50/30C flow and return or 4.83 to 49.19kW at 80/60C with 20.30 litres/min of domestic hot water with a temperature rise of 35 Degrees C.
This 50kW combi boiler has its own dedicated webpage here – 50 kW combi boiler
B) Or a 75kW or 100kW output option – but in these models the plate heat exchanger is mounted directly underneath the boiler above the low loss header ( picture below )
The 70kW model, again this boiler is a modulating boiler with a power range of – 3.87 to 79.35 kW output at 50/30C flow and return or 3.5 to 72.83 kW at 80/60C with 30 litres/min of domestic hot water with a temperature rise of 35 Degrees C.
or the 100kW model- again this boiler is a modulating boiler with a power range of – 5.29 to 106.80 kW output at 50/30C flow and return or 4.83 to 98.37 kW at 80/60C with 40 litres/min of domestic hot water with a temperature rise of 35 Degrees C.
Both of these gas commercial combi boilers mentioned above have a modulation ratio of 1:20 for greater efficiency and reduced consumption both in heating and in DHW production. Not only do these units have stainless steel heat exchangers as standard, but they actual have two heat exchangers or boilers as such withing one casing, meaning should one fail, you still have 50% of your duty available to you. Another benefit is that you can service one boiler, while the other is working – so there will never be any “down time ” of your heating or hot water system – which is a great feature !!
Commercial Gas Storage Combi Boiler Range
Heating and domestic hot water thermal capacity of 45 kW , 55 kW or 65 kW outputs.
Environmentally-friendly with lower NOx and CO emission rates.
Prolonged high performance and high thermal efficiency as the boiler features a stainless-steel heat exchanger with enlarged pipe diameters
Various hot water storage tank capacity options according to the domestic hot water requirements you have, of either 60 litres, 90 litres or 120 litres
The comfort and usability of rapid hot water generation via our highly efficient indirect hot water tank
A high modulation ratio of 5:1, means these commercial combi boilers adapt to the heat output required, to suit the site conditions and elements.
Low operational noise levels and heat losses thanks to its configuration with high heat and sound insulation.
The ability to operate with Natural Gas or LPG (Propane Gas)
High efficiency circulation pump with automatic air purge, controlled via a PWM driver.
Simple control with easy-to-use illuminated LCD panel; you can view error codes and boiler information from this panel.
Superior safety features, such as ;
Flame safety control; ionization.
Flue gas temperature control.
Heating circuit overheating safety.
Low water pressure safety system
Optional room thermostat connection.
Optional remote control.
Storage Combi Boiler Technical Data – FH-S DHW Range
|TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS||FH-S DHW 45S||FH-S DHW 45M||FH-S DHW 45L||FH-S DHW 55S||FH-S DHW 55M||FH-S DHW 55L||FH-S DHW 65S||FH-S DHW 65M||FH-S DHW 65L|
|Maximum Heating Capacity||kW||45||45||45||55||55||55||65||65||65|
|Minimum Heating Capacity||kW||11||11||11||12||12||12||13.5||13.5||13.5|
|Maximum Heat Discharge for Heating (80°C / 60°C)||kW||42.4||42.4||42.4||53.4||53.4||53.4||64||64||64|
|Minimum Heat Output for Heating (80°C / 60°C)||kW||7.6||7.6||7.6||9.1||9.1||9.1||10.9||10.9||10.9|
|Maximum Heat Discharge for Heating (50°C / 30°C)||kW||45.8||45.8||45.8||57.2||57.2||57.2||68.2||68.2||68.2|
|Minimum Heat Load (50°C / 30°C)||kW||8.3||8.3||8.3||9.9||9.9||9.9||11.8||11.8||11.8|
|Maximum Domestic Water Capacity||kW||44.2||44.4||44.8||54.1||54.5||54.7||64.2||64.6||64.8|
|Efficiency @ Pmax. (80°C / 60°C)||%||97.4||97.3||97.7||97.5||97.3||97.7||97.3||97.2||97.2|
|Efficiency @ Pmin. (80°C / 60°C)||%||98.5||98.6||98.7||98.8||99.1||98.20%||98.6||98.3||98.6|
|Efficiency @ Pmax. (50°C / 30°C)||%||105.2||105.3||105.4||105.3||105.2||105.1||105.6||105.3||105.6|
|Efficiency @ Pmin. (50°C / 30°C)||%||107.4||107.6||107.2||107.2||107.2||107.2||107.1||107.3||107.4|
|Efficiency @ 30% (30°C)||%||108.7||109||108.2||108.1||108.7||108.5||108.6||108.4||108.7|
|Domestic Water Circuit|
|Domestic Water Temperature Adjustment Range||°C||10 -65||10 -65||10 -65||10 -65||10 -65||10 -65||10 -65||10 -65||10 -65|
|Domestic Water Storage Tank Volume||L||60||90||120||60||90||120||60||90||120|
|Domestic Water Flow Rate in Continuous||L / dT||12.1||18.4||24.2||12.2||18.2||24.4||12.3||18.6||24.6|
|Use (∆T=25°C. 20 °C /45 °C)|
|Heating & DHW Pressures|
|Maximum Operating Temperature- Heating||°C||85||85||85||85||85||85||85||85||85|
|Maximum Operating Pressure- Heating||Bar||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Minimum Operating Pressure- Heating||Bar||0.8||0.8||0.8||0.8||0.8||0.8||0.8||0.8||0.8|
|Maximum DHW Pressure||Bar||6||6||6||6||6||6||6||6||6|
|Gas Inlet Pressure (G20) Natural Gas||mbar||20||20||20||20||20||20||20||20||20|
|Gas Inlet Pressure (G31) LPG /Propane Gas||mbar||37||37||37||37||37||37||37||37||37|
|Maximum Flue Gas Outlet Temperature (50°C / 30°C)||°C||42||42||42||44||44||44||45||45||45|
|Maximum Flue Gas Outlet Temperature (80°C / 60°C)||°C||65||65||65||65||65||65||65||65||65|
|NOx Emission Class (EN 15502-1+A1)||–||5||5||5||5||5||5||5||5||5|
|Voltage & Frequency||V / Hz||230/50||230/50||230/50||230/50||230/50||230/50||230/50||230/50||230/50|
|Hydraulic Circuit Properties|
|Heating Circuit Flow & Return Connections||inch||3/4″||3/4″||3/4″||3/4″||3/4″||3/4″||3/4″||3/4″||3/4″|
|Domestic Water Circuit Flow & Return Connections||inch||1/2″||1/2″||1/2″||1/2″||1/2″||1/2″||1/2″||1/2″||1/2″|
|Net (Dry) Weight||kg||95||110||125||100||115||130||105||120||135|
|Flue Diameter (Ø)||mm||80/125||80/125||80/125||80/125||80/125||80/125||80/125||80/125||80/125|
|** G20 Natural Gas. G31 LPG|
As you can see from the chart above our commercial combination boilers are available in either natural gas or LPG propane gas fuelled.
Storage Combi Boiler Hot Water Performance
Having a hot water storage capacity in our commercial combi boilers has advantages over a combi boiler that uses a plate heat exchanger.
As a commercial combination boiler draws all of its water supply directly form the mains water supply, they can often struggle to meet high water demands, we have all seen what happens when a person turns on a hot water tap when someone is having the shower, and the dramatic drop in water pressure , normal followed by a shout “ turn that tap off “ I’m having a shower , this is due to the fact that a true combination boiler has no storage tank like our units, which over come this problem, and allow multiple hot water taps or outlets to be used simultaneously.
Filling a Bath
Since a traditional commercial combination boiler draws its water directly from the mains and not a water tank, you will find a combination boiler requires more time than a traditional boiler fitted with a separate indirect hot water tank to fill a bath. Again, this is something overcome when using some hot water storage capacity.
According to BS6700 a standard bath tub (1700mm x 700mm) full capacity is around 180 litres to overflow level, but most people full their bath tubs to around half way to allow for the displacement of water when they get into the bath. So, the actual volume of water used is 100 litres.
The normal bath water temperature is around 40 Degrees C
When you have stored water, this is kept at 60 Degrees C to prevent legionella, which is then blended down with cold water to achieve the 40 Degrees C, at a ratio of 60% hot water and 40% cold water, or 60 litres of hot water and 40 litres of cold water
Thus, a bath cycle requires 60 litres of hot water, stored at 60 Degrees C.
Our commercial combi boilers come with the option of three different sizes of hot water tanks inbuilt into the casing of boiler, for all the models.
The options are a 60-litre hot water tank, a 90-litre hot water tank or a 120-litre hot water tank
Thus, you can have a 45 kW combi boiler, with either a 60, 90 or 120 litre hot water tank
A 55 kW combi boiler, with either a 60, 90 or 120 litre hot water tank
Or the largest unit
A 65 kW combi boiler, again with a 60, 90 or 120 litre hot water tank
Our commercial combi boilers come with the option of three different sizes of hot water tanks inbuilt into the casing of boiler, for all the models.The options are a 60-litre hot water tank, a 90-litre hot water tank or a 120-litre hot water tank
Thus, you can have a 45 kW combi boiler, with either a 60, 90 or 120 litre hot water tank ,or a 55 kW combi boiler, with either a 60, 90 or 120 litre hot water tank or the largest unit a 65 kW combi boiler, again with a 60, 90 or 120 litre hot water tank
Where our commercial combination boilers excel is in the hot water recovery rate. this can be defined as the amount of time that it takes to recover the heat in the hot water storage tank, when it has been completely drained. In reality this rarely happens, as the boiler starts to replace the hot water as it’s being used.
But hypothetically, lets look at the recovery rates, at the time of the year, when you need your domestic hot water performance to be at its best – winter time. On average the coldest mains incoming water temperature is 5 degrees C, and we would want to heat this water up to 60 degrees C.
If you look at the above data chart, you can see how many kW these commercial combi boilers can use for the heating of the domestic hot water.
For example, the 45 kW combi boiler, has a maximum domestic hot water capacity of 44.2 kW for the 60 litre hot water tank, 44.4 kW for the 90 litre hot water tank or 44.8 kW for the 120 litre hot water tank. But let’s call it 44 kW for the purpose of the calculations.
The 60 litre tank, would recover it’s hot water in 6.30 minutes, (which means you can start filling a bath 6 minutes 30 seconds after filling the previous one ) the 90 litre in 6.30 minutes ( one and a half baths ) and the 120 litre unit in 6.30 minutes ( two baths simultaneously ) , which is very impressive domestic hot water performance indeed, as these combi boilers have a hot water priority system.
The figures are the same for the 55 kW combi boiler and the 65 kW combi boiler that we supply.
Internal diagram of our commercial combi boiler
Flue options for these combination boilers
The full range of these commercial combination boilers can be flued in various ways. The most common is a co-axial flue system, which makes these commercial combi boilers a room sealed appliance, meaning that the combustion air (the air feeding the burner on the boiler) is brought in from the outside environment to the boiler.
These combi boilers can be flued in a co-axial system –
Horizontally- up to 10 metres in total length, with the use of each 90 ° elbow reducing this length by 1 metre, and the use of each 45 ° elbow reducing it by 0.5 metres
Vertically – up to 11 metres in total length, with the use of each 90 ° elbow reducing this length by 1 metre, and the use of each 45 ° elbow reducing it by 0.5 metres
Or these commercial combi boilers can also be flue in a “B23” configuration, whereby the waste flue gas discharge is ensured by a flue system terminating externally from the location of the boiler, whilst the combustion air is absorbed from the location of the boiler. This is sometimes referred to as a conventual flued system.
In a flue gas only single wall flue system these commercial combi boilers can be flued –
Horizontally- up to 25 metres in total length, with the use of each 90 ° elbow reducing this length by 1 metre, and the use of each 45 ° elbow reducing it by 0.5 metres
Vertically – up to 25 metres in total length, with the use of each 90 ° elbow reducing this length by 1 metre, and the use of each 45 ° elbow reducing it by 0.5 metres
Combination Boiler Controls
These commercial combi boilers have an easy to operate control panel, which is an “OpenTherm Plus” protocol control panel, which basically means you can control these commercial combi boilers, via the use of an OpenTherm controller, such as a “nest” type or similar. This means you can make your life simpler and control these commercial combination boilers from either your mobile phone (android or apple) your PC or tablet, from anywhere in the world.The control panel also has numerous inbuilt features such as –
- Full protection against freezing of the heating and domestic hot water in low ambient temperatures
- Ability to operate according to different heat demands with the variable flow pump control
- Anti-blockage System -The circulation pump is activated automatically once every 24 hours and prevent any blockage
- Low fuel consumption and fixed combustion efficiency thanks to the PWM driver, high modulating fan and high modulating gas valve
- Ability to operate according to different heating system configurations
- Ability to control these commercial combi boilers by Android and IOS operating system
Commercial Combination Boiler – Control Panel
Gas Fired Combi Boiler – Heavy Domestic or Commercial
We often get asked when does the classification of a commercial combi boiler start, well there is no hard and fast rule. We look at this way –
A standard new build house in the UK will use a combination boiler that at most is 30 kW these days
But a domestic gas engineer registered with Gas Safe can work on appliances up to 70 kW net if the gas system has a gas volume less than 0.035m³ with a flow rate up to 6 Metres cubed per hour and the pipework is less than or equal to 35mm in diameter, which covers all of this range.
Therefore, it is almost better to classify these boilers suitability / applications by description –
Heavy domestic houses / properties – these would typically be the following –
45 kW combi boiler – a larger property that requires a heating load of 45 kW, with –
1 or 2 Bathrooms – then typically the 60 litre hot water tank combination boiler will suffice
2 or 3 Bathroom – then typically the 90 litre hot water boiler tank combination boiler will suffice
3 or more bathrooms – or a large hot water usage property / lifestyle then your looking at the 120 Litre tank combination boiler
It would be the same for the 55kW combi boiler or the 65 kW combi boiler version, just that the heating requirement for the property would be larger. So, these would typically be larger detached properties, mansions or large country houses.
On the Commercial property applications, you would be look at –
Doctor and dental surgery’s
Schools and colleges
Retail / shop outlets
Commercial and smaller industrial units
Bed and breakfasts establishments / Even smaller hotels
They can be used in any commercial heating application with a radiator or underfloor heating system, or with warm air hot water unit heaters, which we supply.
Commercial boiler – Natural gas or LPG ( Propane )
So if you require the best commercial combi boiler for sale on the UK market, that can be used in either commercial applications or large properties, then please don’t hesitate to contact us at Flexiheat UK, using the contact us function at the top of this web page, or alternatively give us a call on 01202 822221