Electrikit Aga cookers and heating water

The simple answer is than an 'Electrikit' converted cooker will not contribute to your hot water at all. 

You may think this is bad news, it's not. Using your Aga to heat water is almost certainly the most expensive way imaginable short of a cauldron over an open fire! Aga 'back boilers' are simple gravity systems that have no 'off' switch and suck huge amounts of energy/heat from your cooker that the burners then have to work hard to replace. The simple fact is that Agas are not primarily designed to heat water.

The water is not heated by an Aga 'that is already hot' but rather by an Aga that has to work much harder to stay hot! 

You are much better off leaving the hot water to your dedicated hot water system and letting your cooker do the cooking - this applies even if you aren't converting to electric. 

The pic below shows a boiler from an Aga 'Standard', it's like a jacket full of water that hugs the main barrel and absorbs heat from it.

Find out more on our 'Aga electric conversions homepage'

Aga boiler


Matthew Bates
Matthew Bates

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Matthew is from a farming family near Bath and a graduate of King's College London who decided not to follow the 'standard' path into banking or the law. He has been working with Aga's in some form or another since 2003. Matthew runs Blake and Bull from beautiful Bradford on Avon, near Bath. Alf the golden retriever makes sure the working day finishes at 6pm sharp - dog walk time!