I have noticed that in this months AGA Living magazine there is an article where AGA are encouraging people to trade in their old gas and oil AGAs to buy a new AGA Dual control. This is because with the new Dual they will get the same ambient heat but it will be cheaper to run. So why would you trade in your trusty AGA for the new kid on the block?
AGA Cleaning Salcombe (Photo credit: GrahamRogersOnline)
The main benefits as far as I can see on the new AGA Dual:
1. Running costs are a lot lower, £10 a week in Eco mode and top plates turned off compared with £25 ish (I’m not sure) for the gas AGA.
2. It has three ovens (your old AGA probably has two).
3. You can switch off the top plates and reduce the amount of heat in your kitchen in the Summer.
I’ve got a gas AGA which I bought 12 years ago new and is now in a house I rent out so I have had a think about this. Cost of new AGA Dual would be about £9000; the running costs would be a lot cheaper. Also I’d save on servicing costs though to comply with the warranty I’d need to pay for servicing but this will be cheaper than the service on the gas AGA. But, and a big but, I don’t pay the fuel bills in that property as its a rental so I won’t see any benefit. And if I did why would I pay out£9K for an AGA that looks exactly the same as the old one. It would take me about 16 years to pay back the amount I was saving in weekly running costs to cover this outlay. So I’m thinking anyone who trades in their old gas AGA must have lots of spare cash and want to have the new AGA to keep up with their friends or want to be seen to be green which for me might be the better more compelling reason – that ‘Eco Mode’ on the Dual is something to tell your friends about, like the green sticker on your car.
Also will the AGA Dual have any teething problems it is the stripped back version of the 13 Amp AGA without AIMS (AGA IntelligentManagement System). The 13 Amp AGA problems have always been to do with the PCB control board, does the Dual have this? I don’t know. So the Dual may have some teething problems, it was has only been available since October 2013. I’d guess it it’s bit new for there to be any problems to highlighted.
My gas AGA is been really reliable, I bought it in 2000 and other than the servicing costs of £160 a year we’ve had only one bigger bill of £350 to fix a problem with the ignitor. My AGA has only two ovens but we have got used to that, not knowing any difference, and although I know the extra oven on the Dual would make a difference if you know how to use a Cold Shelf you can get around the problems of burning your cakes etc in a two oven AGA.
So going back to my rental the new AGA Dual might make the house easier to rent out, but my AGA stills looks like new after we have cleaned it up and as it is I think it helps to rent the house out, my big kitchen with the AGA in; the AGA the heart of the house. Also if I changed from a gas to Dual I’d lose the boiler on the AGA which would be a huge change as at the moment it provides lots and lots of hot water, which I’m sure all my tenants love. So a huge change. Because the AGA had the boiler it was complex plumbing installation when I was renovating my house. Also I’d have to find £9K to buy the new Dual. And as the Dual arrives in one piece would we get it into the kitchen?I noticed that in my local AGA shop, Spillers of Chard, the other week they had four gas AGAs for sale second hand, which had been renovated and looked as new, as they are doing the trade in deal on the new electric AGAs. So people are taking up AGA on the trade in offer.