Is Hive Active Heating compatible with all types of boiler?

Gas & LPG - Hive works with the vast majority of UK gas and LPG central heating systems.  Our engineers are trained to work on both types of system and in the unlikely event that we can’t install Hive you would not be charged. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee compatibility with your specific boiler until our engineer visits you.

Oil boilers - Hive works with most oil boilers and if you have an existing conventional thermostat or programmer can replace either. If you have existing intelligent oil boiler heating controls that modulate your heating Hive will not replace this functionality.  British Gas engineers don’t install Hive Active Heating on oil boilers, to arrange installation we recommend contacting an independent OFTEC qualified engineer.

Electric boilers - Hive works with most electric boilers and can be purchased without installation, as British Gas engineers don’t install on electric boilers. If your boiler works with a standard room thermostat and/or programmer then Hive can control it. Hive does not work with storage heaters or individual plug-in electric room heaters.

Other systems - Our engineers do not install to solid fuel boilers (such as biomass systems, coal) and heat pumps. We haven’t tested on these systems, so can’t guarantee compatibility. 

Heating control systems incompatible with Hive Active Heating

Honeywell SmartFit Controls – this system sometimes installed to control gas and LPG boilers, is part of the existing central heating system and isn’t compatible with other external heating controls. Hive can’t be installed with it unless the engineer removes the SmartFit controls first, including all electrically operated valves. For further details call the Hive team on 0800 980 0649.

Vaillant VR 65 Control Centre - This is an external controller fitted to some compatible Vaillant boilers. It’s part of the existing central heating system and isn’t compatible with other external heating controls. Hive can’t be installed with it unless the engineer removes the Valiant external controller. For further details call the Hive team on 0800 980 0649.

Boilers incompatible with Hive Active Heating

There are some Worcester Intelligent Appliance boilers that aren’t compatible with external heating controls apart from Worcester’s TR2 room thermostat. Hive can’t be installed with these boilers:

GC Number

Boiler Model

4710810

Worcester Bosch ICC2 - ZWBR 11-37A

4710811

Worcester Bosch *C*RD 537i

4710812

Worcester Bosch *C*RD 542i

4731156

Worcester Bosch Greenstar HE Plus - ZWBR 7-28A

4731157

Worcester Bosch Greenstar HE Plus - ZWBR 11-35A

4731175

Worcester Bosch *C* Greenstar 30 HE Plus Combi

4731176

Worcester Bosch *C* Greenstar 35 HE Plus L Combi

4731179

Worcester Bosch *C* Greenstar R 30HE Plus

4731180

Worcester Bosch *C* Greenstar R 35HE Plus

4731181

Worcester Bosch *C* Greenstar R 40HE Plus

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