Note: The AGA 'AIMS' System is now discontinued.
(The AGA oil to 13amp Electric Conversion kit is also no longer available.)
The AIMS option previously available for some Traditional AGAs has been discontinued and is no longer available to buy or have fitted (new or as a retrofit).
All the information below refers to AIMS but this is just for information; AIMS is a legacy system and can no longer be specified or fitted.
Note: The AGA 7 Series models have superseded the AGA Dual Control and AGA Total Control Cookers, and the AGA eR3 and R3 Series are new models.
No. Although the AGA 3 and 7 Series cookers have cast iron ovens (the R3's second oven is a steel oven) and cook the same as any other traditional heat storage AGA they are very different inside. The heating elements for the ovens and hotplates are arranged differently and it’s not practical or economic to try and replace the parts necessary to ‘convert’ to a 3 Series or 7 Series AGA. We'd be happy to give you a quote for replacing an old AGA with a 'New Generation' model.
There is no need to calculate a heat up time for the AGA, as AIMS calculates this itself, (hence the ‘Intelligent’ part of the name) you just need to program the handset with the time(s) you want to be able to cook.
AIMS is very flexible: You can have the AGA up to ‘Normal’ heat (i.e. on the black line) once, or twice per day. Every day can be different (you’re not limited to Monday to Friday then and Saturday and Sunday being the same – they can all be programmed individually if you want). However, each week is the same so if you need to change for the school holidays, or have different summer and winter settings, then you would need to alter the program.
The engineer is able to, however the handset is left in the ‘default’ factory setting and you’re free to program it to suit your particular lifestyle. The instructions for doing so are in the Owner’s Manual, delivered with the kit.
Our tests (on a 13amp electric model) showed a 12% saving using the factory default setting (up to full ‘Normal’ temperature 8-9am and 5-7pm Monday to Friday, then on 8am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday) and a bigger 29% saving when up to full ‘Normal’ temperature 5-7pm Monday to Friday and 8-9am and 5-7pm on Saturday and Sunday.
No, it’s still warm and you’d be able to slow cook through the day. Due to the many possibilities and variations in programs and temperatures the cookbook would no longer be accurate when the cooker is at a ‘Low’ or ‘Slumber’ temperature and you’d have to experiment a little to find what works for you.
Yes, although the process will take a little longer as the ovens aren’t at full temperature for as long.
Although the handset can be programmed straight away, we recommend two to three days on the ‘manual’ setting before turning to AIMS, this is so the AGA and its electronics can calibrate themselves with a ‘normal’ temperature.
Press the thermometer button on the handset to bring up the “Boost” function. This will override the current AIMS programme and will bring the cooker up to normal working temperature (only until the next ‘set-point’ when AIMS will revert back to the current program). To remove the boost function simply press the thermometer button again.
OR turn the control switch on the base unit to Manual – but remember to turn it back to the AIMS program afterwards.
From ‘Low’ the AGA may take up to 2 hours’ to reach full heat, and from ‘Slumber’ about 3 hours’; however most cooking could be started before the 2 hours elapses. The Boiling Plate will get hotter first, followed by the ovens.
‘Normal’ temperature is when the AGA is up to the black line on the thermometer. (About 240 degrees C in the top of the top oven.)
‘Low’ reduces the temperature in the top of the roasting oven to approximately 190-210 degrees C.
‘Slumber’ reduces the temperature in the top of the roasting oven to 140-160 degrees C.
Approximate AGA thermometer positions when using AIMS
Yes, just switch the selector to ‘Manual’ and it’s back to a traditional AGA, without the AIMS program.
No, the Handset is wireless and will normally work in the same room, with line of sight, as the AGA. It comes with a wall bracket that can be screwed to, or stuck with the adhesive pad to the wall or tiles.
Oil to Electric Conversion: A dedicated supply (from a 16amp circuit breaker in the consumer unit to a 13amp switched fused spur point next to the AGA) is recommended.
Not really; you’ll probably have to compromise your usage to make it worthwhile.
If you ask the cooker to warm up ready for early in the morning then the power used for this should be in the ‘cheap rate’ period (generally midnight to 7am), however when it warms up for dinner in the evening this will be from the standard rate power, negating any benefits gained from earlier in the day.
The economy 7 AGA is different, and is built with a large heat store and more insulation so it can ‘charge’ up overnight and store enough heat for the next day’s cooking. (You can’t convert a 13amp AGA to an Economy 7 one.)
The battery life is shown up on the handset, 3 dark pips indicate a full battery. Battery life depends upon usage.
If the batteries run out, replace them and the handset will synchronise with the electronic ‘brain’ in the AGA, all you need to do then is double check the clock in the handset is correct.
The program you’ve set will be remembered however you do need to check that the clock in the handset is showing the correct time (and adjust if necessary).
As long as the clock is correct on the handset you shouldn’t need to alter or re-program any other settings.
Yes. There is a 5 year parts / 1 year labour warranty on the AIMS kit which starts when it is fitted, this is separate to the AGA’s warranty which runs from when it was installed and commissioned. Damage to the handset caused by dropping or spillages (or other ‘user damage’), and consumable parts (the batteries) are not covered by the warranty.
Yes, you can use AIMS to reduce (or even turn off) the cooker for the period whilst you’re not there: use the holiday mode to do this.
Yes. To set the holiday mode you need to program the dates you’re away, and by pressing the temperature button you can choose whether the AGA is at Low, Slumber or off whilst you’re away.
If you want the AGA to be ‘Off’ whilst you’re away, then yes, you would need to use the holiday mode to do this. This is because AIMS assumes you’re using the cooker at least once per day.
No. AIMS turns the cooker up and down in temperature which would make the hot water production less predictable. The extra energy (heat) the boiler uses would also adversely affect heat-up times.
NOTE: The Oil to 13amp electric conversion is no longer available.
Yes, the AGA works just as it did before but is now programmable using ‘AIMS’. (Other than programming using AIMS, oil and 13amp electric AGAs work, and cook, just like each other.)
The oil control is removed (from the side of the cooker) a thermostat and selector switch are located behind the lower ‘burner’ door. The new handset is wireless so can be sited separate (but shouldn’t be too far away) from the cooker.
No, the oil to electric conversion kit is designed to retain the flue to exhaust the cooking smells from the two cast-iron ovens so it needs to be retained.
It is possible to remove the flue and fit a fanned venting system (the one that’s fitted to electric AGAs) but this is dependent on there being a suitable route for the pipework and external fan box, and would cost extra as the fan box and fitting aren’t included in the conversion kit.
No. The conversion kit is only for post 1974 (1985 in reality - pre 1985 models contain asbestos which is too costly to deal with economically) two and four oven oil AGAs. It is not available for any other fuel of AGA or for AGAs converted previously from solid fuel to gas or oil. (Please note – the three oven oil AGA cannot be converted to electric.)
No, there is no conversion kit to change the AGA to the economy 7 version (the workings in the economy 7 model are very different to all other AGAs so a conversion wouldn’t be technically viable) however the kit that is available will work on Economy 7; it’s just that any power used during the day will be at the higher tariff.
It depends, although the seven hour cheap rate period is almost a third of the day, only 15-25% of the power is used during this time (in most cases, for the 13amp electric AGA) so it’s more cost effective to stay on a standard 24 hour tariff (when just considering the AGA). If you have economy 7 for other appliances (water heating, storage heaters etc) it may be better for the house as a whole to be on Economy 7 – but do remember that each house, and its electricity consumption, will be different so one answer is not correct for all.
Can I run the AGA from Solar Panels?
In a way, yes; most domestic solar photovoltaic ‘PV’ systems are ‘grid connected’. The system is set up so you use any power you generate but since you can’t store the power, any extra you generate is ‘exported’ back to the ‘grid’. Conversely, if you use more power than you generate the system draws in from the mains grid so you never notice any interruption or loss of supply.
As your AGA is connected to the house system it will work seamlessly with the panels, using power they make when it needs to, and using mains when it can’t. Usually AIMS is set to warm the cooker up for an evening meal, this is ideal as the AGA will start to heat up a few hours before (in daylight) and will use power from the PV panels in the afternoon to do this.
Usually yes, the AGA is rated at 2.5kW and most domestic Solar PV systems are around 4kWp (4kWp means 4kW when at ‘peak’ output, a maximum in perfect conditions rather than guaranteed or average output), so when the system is working at 63% output or above it will produce enough power for the cooker. (As mentioned above – any extra would be exported back to the grid and any shortfall automatically drawn from the grid.)
Yes – most domestic wind turbines are ‘grid connected’ so the principle of generating and import/export to and from the grid are the same as for solar PV systems; the obvious difference being that you need wind rather than sunshine to generate power.
No – AIMS is used to tell the AGA when to warm up but you can’t limit this to just daylight hours (which differ in summer and winter of course) and there isn’t enough capacity to store heat in the cast iron from when darkness falls until the next sunrise.
Although a wind turbine can work day and night there will be periods where there is no wind and no power generated so it isn’t practical to wire the cooker just to heat when the generator is working.
(Technical note: There isn’t a separate electrical signal ‘input’ or trigger on the AGA’s electronics to enable it to be ‘told’ to only heat under certain conditions; the complexity (and cost of developing and installing) such a system means it’s not practical or economically viable for the relatively small benefits it could bring.)