AGA cookers are designed to last for many years, decades in fact, and they are often handed down from one generation to another. This is one of the reasons why AGA heat storage cookers represent such good value for money, they will literally last a life time if they are properly looked after. It is because of this longevity and the superior craftsmanship that goes in to creating each AGA cooker that some people consider buying a used AGA instead of a new one.
However, buying a used, refurbished AGA or reconditioned AGA is full of pitfalls. For example, the product you are buying may already be well over 30 years old and made up of bits from different AGA cookers. Many also started life to run on one fuel type eg. oil but have been converted by someone along the way to work on a completely different fuel. Its rather like buying a 30 year old diesel car that started life as a petrol model. Few reconditioners use original AGA parts in their refurbished products and only one company, AGA Twyford, can offer genuine AGA enamel and original authorised AGA parts on the products they supply.
An AGA cooker must be perfectly calibrated to work properly and
a poorly built AGA will not run efficiently or deliver the right
cooking temperatures. Take our word for it, we get calls every week
from disappointed customers who were trying to save a few hundred
pounds only to regret not buying a new one and unfortunately there
is little we can do to help other than sympathise at that stage.
Second hand AGA dealers also usually advertise their products at prices which exclude delivery and installation which will add around £500 to the overall cost. With a new AGA the prices we quote includes a home survey, delivery and installation by our own experienced engineers.
Buying a new AGA cooker means you get exactly the product you want purpose built just for you. We offer a wide range of products starting at prices which are little more that 15% more than you would typically pay for the equivalent second hand model which could already be 40 years old or more. We think this is a relatively small price to pay for a fully guaranteed brand new AGA which comes with the peace of mind of our 5 year guarantee.
Why take the risk in buying a renovated AGA cooker when a brand new AGA could be yours for just a few hundred pounds more?
What guarantee do you get?
Will the cooker be assembled in your home or does it come ready assembled?
AGA cookers are designed to be built up on site, if they are moved fully assembled then the ovens may move out of alignment and the heat conduction through to the ovens and hotplates will be inefficient.
Also the insulation may not be up to specification as there may be a loss through leakage or settlement. Loss of insulation means that the AGA cooker will be hotter to the touch and more heat will be emitted into the kitchen.
Are the installers fully AGA trained?
What cooking accessories / equipment, if any, are supplied with the cooker?
What is the finish? Is it painted or vitreous enamelled?
All new AGA cookers have a high gloss vitreous enamel finish, which takes up to three days to complete. This is hygienic, durable and easy to clean.
Has the cooker been converted to burn a different fuel?
If converted, does the cooker have automatic thermostatic control?
Have parts been replaced or just cleaned up and painted?
Have genuine AGA parts been used to replace worn parts?
Has the AGA got the appropriate mandatory approval?
Would you buy a car with no service history? If no, then why buy a refurbished AGA cooker with no knowledge of its history?
Does the dealer service AGA cookers?
What choice of models is there?
Are the gas engineers CORGI registered?
Does it contain asbestos products?
There may also be hidden charges:
Purchasing a new AGA cooker means you are getting an up-to-date
product with the benefits of:
Performance and function
Help and advice
There are many second hand AGA cookers offered to the public
which have been 'converted' or 'reconditioned' from one fuel to
another which may or may not be advertised as such. Some models are
hybrids made up of parts from several AGA cookers.
Reconditioned AGA cookers
Reconditioning is taken as meaning a major strip down and rebuild of an appliance. If you are enquiring after a reconditioned AGA, then check that inferior metals have not been used to make replacement or inferior pattern parts, this could result in a significant reduction in performance.
In addition, inexperienced personnel not trained by AGA can leave the appliance in either an inefficient or dangerous condition.
Converted AGA cookers
When an AGA is referred to as 'converted' it is generally meant that a fuel change has taken place, from solid fuel to oil, or less commonly, gas. Whereas each new AGA cooker is individually designed to achieve maximum performance from the fuel used and typically will operate more economically than a conversion.
Each fuel model requires significant variations in cast iron internal components as well as the burner area and controls. It is not possible therefore to merely exchange a burner type to use a different fuel. Can you be assured that a conversion is successful and safe?
It is worth asking the age of a refurbished second hand AGA; it
may be that you are paying out thousands of pounds to get a cooker
that is already 40 years old. To identify older models visit
the AGA website - www.agaliving.com
There are some of the independent Authorised AGA Distributors who may have completely rebuilt an AGA and exchanged all the necessary components to make it into the equivalent of a new appliance with a different fuel. In this case it is not really a 'converted' model and would have the same status as a factory supplied model. However this action is rarely commercially viable for customer or vendor.
In 1994 the BBC Watchdog programme reported on converted AGA and Rayburn cookers. The programme alerted potential purchasers about the problems and risks associated with buying a converted appliance and reported that converted AGA and Rayburn cooker owners were having a variety of problems from ignition difficulties to dangerous ventilation systems. They discovered that in some cases a new AGA could have been purchased for the same amount of money customers were forced to spend in order to get the cheaper model modified and made safe.