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The boiler is boiling! - helen-louise
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The boiler is boiling!
We have hot water! Yay!!

Apparently what was wrong with the boiler was exactly what we'd thought - the device that determines that both gas and water are present was all blocked up with dirt, so it kept on thinking that one or both of those were missing, and activating the safety cutout. It was quick and easy to get fixed. However, our boiler is still 12 years old, and a cheap, nasty model from a cheap, nasty brand. So we still need to get it changed as soon as possible, because it's going to die completely, soon. Been given a quote for replacing it with a lovely, shiny, good-quality energy efficient new boiler, which seems reasonable - except they'll need physical access to all of our radiators. The house is a fecking tip right now, so this is going to require that spoons are spent in tidying up. Eurgh.

One of the things I didn't mention in my last post was that not only was it taking me 40 minutes to get enough hot water for a bath, but I was having to carry the water upstairs in buckets. Couldn't get hot water out of the upstairs taps at all, and I had to be downstairs so that I could keep hitting & resetting the boiler. Ewww. Now otterylexa & I have both had showers and feel a lot happier about the situation.

I am very grateful to Alexa for having been here helping to keep me sane, because I don't think I'd have managed to get things sorted without the support.

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xiphias From: xiphias Date: 8th October 2009 18:31 (UTC) (Link)
Why will they need access to the radiators?

As owners of a three-family house, with three sets of appliances, which tend to have a half-life of about ten years, and which we've owned for ten years, we've replaced three hot-water heaters and two furnaces. In none of the cases did the folks doing the replacement need to go anywhere but the basement.
mjl From: mjl Date: 8th October 2009 19:46 (UTC) (Link)
I guess they probably don't actually _need_ access (except possibly to wherever the system is drained from, which may or may not be the same place as the boiler), but when they did the boiler here they also did a kind of general service of the whole system, which was a requirement of the insurance-type thing for future servicing. Probably possible not to have it, but I don't know how valuable (or not) that is. I would have thought that the amount of necessary tidying to be able to access things was pretty minimal, but I guess there might be a risk of them stepping on stuff or moving it with less care than one might want...

Good that the current boiler is working for the moment anyway :)
otterylexa From: otterylexa Date: 8th October 2009 23:17 (UTC) (Link)
Apart from any other reason, they are going to be fitting thermostatic valves to the radiators.
geekyisgood From: geekyisgood Date: 8th October 2009 20:21 (UTC) (Link)
Yay for wonderful Alexas. :oD
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baratron From: baratron Date: 9th October 2009 12:53 (UTC) (Link)
Apparently the power flush is a requirement of the manufacturers' warranty on a new boiler. They won't guarantee a boiler that's fitted to an old heating system without it.

I have no idea how old the radiators here are, but I'm guessing 12 years like the boiler. And they are absolutely full of sludge, we know that.
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