Early AGA cookers were designed to burn solid fuel but since their initial production, the AGA has moved on to natural gas, LPG, Oil, and electric. For some, the fuel option will be made simple by the fuels available to your property but with the introduction of a number of electric AGAs, with added flexibility, getting the AGA that is right for your situation may take some thought.
For the full facts on fuel consumption, AGA offer a lot of up-to-date fuel consumption information on their website at http://www.agaliving.com/media/780375/Aganomics.pdf.
There are a number of flue options to consider with an AGA and in most cases there is one to best suit your property and to conform with Gas Safe, OFTEC and building regulations.
The conventional flue (or open flue) uses a flue continuously rising from the top of the cooker and terminating above the roof. A conventional flue can be achieved by either lining a chimney with a flexible flue-liner or with a rigid twin-wall flue pipe on the external of the property.
A conventional flue for an AGA requires a 4” pipe out of the cooker, usually black vitreous enamelled, connecting into a 5” flexible flue liner or twin-wall stainless steel flue pipe. The flue must rise continuously with no horizontal or flat pipe. The flue cannot be in use by another appliance.
A balanced flue can be used when an AGA is being sited on an external wall using 2 pipes; one to bring in fresh air supply to the burner and one to discharge products of combustion.
Regulations apply to where a balanced flue can be situated. The flue cannot discharge within 600mm of any opening windows or doors or within that distance of an airbrick. There are also restrictions based on the presence of existing flue terminals, sanitary and drainage pipework, corners, eaves, facing surfaces and more.
A power flue is suitable for properties where there is no conventional flue option or where restrictions on balanced flues apply. It is ideal for cookers being sited on an internal wall or island unit. The 50mm power flue pipe can run up to 6 metres in length through a maximum of 6 x 90° bends or up to 9 metres with one bend.
With electric AGAs, there is no need for a flue however, just like all heat storage AGAs, the cast iron ovens are vented to the outside which on electric models is achieved through a 28mm (1") diameter copper pipe which can travel up to 6 metres to a small fan box mounted on an external wall or into an existing conventional flue.
AGAs new range of electric cast iron cookers can simply vent into the room like a standard electric range cooker. Quite often, an extractor hood is fitted above the cooker to condensation as a result of cooking and any cooking smells.
AGA cookers require a regular service at set intervals to maintain efficient running and overall good health of the cooker. Servicing is recommended at different intervals depending on the fuel, as follows:
* Servicing for oil fired AGAs may vary depending on oil quality.
Servicing should be carried out by a competent and suitable trained & qualified engineer.
AGA offer a complete service plan covering your AGA, not only for routine servicing of your cooker but also for mechanical breakdown and any parts & labour to rectify a problem.
For more information or to register, call the AGA service team on 0800 093 0302.