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For those of you who install Viessmann

SpeyFitter
SpeyFitter Member Posts: 422
If Viessmann came out with a smaller Vitodens model - say that modulated from 10,000 or 15,000 to say 40,000 to 50,000 would it be worthwhile to you and something you could utilize for installations? I know out on the West Coast of Canada such a boiler would definately see sales.
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  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,390
    Yes

    Would be nice but I wouldn't hold my breath
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  • CMadatMe
    CMadatMe Member Posts: 3,085
    edited June 2010
    Here's the question

    Which boiler would you do it in. The Vitodens 100 or 200 or both? I don't mind that the 100 small boiler is 31-93 and 31-63 on the smallest 200. Have to take domestic into consideration. I can see a place for a smaller boiler and would love to see it happen. I would rather see a combi package than a smaller boiler. Keep an eye on the horizon.
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  • zacmobile
    zacmobile Member Posts: 211
    vitodens'

    I am in the BC interior and I can think of a few jobs where a smaller 100 would have been nice, however like HVHEHCCA says we could find much more use for a combi 100, I can see why the 200 combi was discontinued (anyone with the dough to pay for one generally doesn't want to skimp on the hot water.) but I hear one may be coming out soon anyways ;)
  • CMadatMe
    CMadatMe Member Posts: 3,085
    Combi

    What if you could take a domestic package off the shelf and just add it to the Vitodens 100. Say a simple Viessmann approved (due to warranty) add on heat exchanger package right out of the box with all the parts and pieces necessary for those jobs with little hot water demand. Would be set up to add right to the boiler. This would make is unnecessary to produce a seperate boiler keeping the cost down.
    "The bitter taste of a poor installation remains much longer than the sweet taste of the lowest price."
  • SpeyFitter
    SpeyFitter Member Posts: 422
    The 100

    Hey HVHEHCCA,

    I think a smaller vitodens should be a 100, because there's a good chance if you're only pushing 10,000-15,000 BTUH's min fire to 40,000-50,000 BTUH's max fire you probably don't need the sophistication of the vitodens 200 controls nor the extra features (chances are you probably won't be heating multiple applications like pool exchangers, or multiple heating temps off of one boiler in most cases). Also consider it'll be for the smaller, average joe house (say rancher sized or 2 smalleish stories) where the person wants Viessmann quality at a reasonable price which is what the Vitodens 100 is supposed to be aimed at if I'm not mistaken. 

    As far as combi units, in my opinion to make a combi unit work where it has a half decent chance at hitting all the heating loads without excessive short cycling, but provide ample domestic hot water, you need strong modulation rates. Most boiler manufacturers are handicapped by standards/limits to their modulation rates, yet these tankless manufacturers who don't have the stamps or meet the standards the boiler manufacturers are, can "sneak one in there" with these combi units and "heat boxes." Viessmann as is, isn't known for their high modulation ratios like some of the competition, but it's not in my mind a Viessmann problem neccessarily. As far as I know, with the exception of some of the larger condensing boilers which may have 2 heat exchangers, most residentail condensing boilers are handicapped by a 5 to 1 boiler ratio where a boiler can only modulate down to 20% of it's "normal" fire rate. There are some exceptions - 1 boiler manufacturer argued/questioned what "normal" meant and got away with being allowed to do a 10 to 1 on their 15-150 (15,000 to 150,000). This as I understand is the only boiler that stands a chance at a reasonable chance at a true combi unit because it has the cajones at high fire to put out some domestic hot water and a nice low modulation ratio.

    But back to Viessmann - I emailed Viessmann with a question about how to apply their current Vitodens boilers to a house with a 17,000 BTUH heat loss. I was curious how to do this without a buffer tank and eliminate short cycling. The individual who took the time to respond to my question and entertain my idea of larger Delta T's suggested that the only real way to do it was a buffer tank and he explained another system he uses with an indirect, but admittedly he said Viessmann surveys'/watches the market to see what it will bear, so to speak, and that is the point of this thread - to show Viessmann and other manufacturers that there is a market for for smaller mod-cons.

    Also, any of you guys actually install the 25000 to 91000 Vitodens 200 combi unit? HOw does it perform?
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  • CMadatMe
    CMadatMe Member Posts: 3,085
    Vitodens 200

    If you look at the price of the small 200 it really isn't much more than the small Vitodens 100. Heck it's pretty close to anyones mod/con of it's size but has better control features and the Lamda Pro burner technology.



     I really don't think the cost would change much in a smaller boiler vs what they have now. Would be the same heat exchanger etc the change would be in the control platform to allow a deeper turn down.
    "The bitter taste of a poor installation remains much longer than the sweet taste of the lowest price."
  • SpeyFitter
    SpeyFitter Member Posts: 422
    Rumours?

    So what rumours and ETA's have you guys heard as far as what they might be coming out with?
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  • CMadatMe
    CMadatMe Member Posts: 3,085
    Been Swarn

    to secrecy. Just keep watching the horizon up in the crows nest.  Sooner or later a ship will sail in.
    "The bitter taste of a poor installation remains much longer than the sweet taste of the lowest price."
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