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Bless - must be that time of night

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by LinznMilly, Oct 29, 2012.


  1. LinznMilly

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    Turned the heating on this evening. After a while, I'm still chilly. Boiler's been reading just above the low pressure cut-off point all day so checked the boiler again. Sure enough, it's reading a low pressure warning, and because it's a combi boiler, that means I have no heating, and no fire. :rolleyes:

    Phoned the landlord to report the fault, greeted the woman by saying I wanted to report the fault. . . Here's what happened next:

    Woman: So what's the fault?
    Me: The boiler's reading a low pressure warning
    Woman: But it's still working? :blink: :glare:

    I resisted the urge to be sarcky and say "Of course - it's working fine. I just phoned you up at 7:00 at night and dialled the Report a Repair button just so I could have a chat with you about boilers and what the low pressure warning actually means" :mad2: :rolleyes::

    Anyway someone's coming around tomorrow to fix it. I'm more worried about the dogs than I am about myself, because it's supposed to be lows of 2*C tonight. I have my winter duvet on so I'll be fine and I've got a halogen heater out to hopefully keep M&M warm during the night.
     
  2. Pointermum

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    You can normally top the pressure up with a combi really easily by just opening the valve underneath it but seen as it's not yours maybe it's best to wait :(
     
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    Typical isn't it,always this time of year when things like that decide they don't want to work,hope you manage to stay warm and they're out quick tomorrow to fix it
     
  4. LinznMilly

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    Mine is a combi too, but the boiler sits on a plywood box sort of thing and the valve's behind the front panel of the box, if that makes sense? I'm assuming that's the case anyway because I've seen them take the front panel of the box off to access the valve. I'll take a sneak peak after they've been and see if I can find out how to do it myself.

    It's gone off 3 times since the summer alone :rolleyes:: First time I had to wait 48 hours (I missed the first appointment by 10 minutes :rolleyes: ). Second time was about 3 weeks ago. And obviously this is the 3rd.
     
  5. Pointermum

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    If it keeps losing pressure it would suggest there is a leak somewhere, when we had our flat someone had nailed a floorboard down through a pipe :rolleyes: If you bleed the radiators it can lower the pressure also.

    If not it sounds as if the boilers on it's way out, it's not fair on you to keep having to go without heating and hot water :(
     
  6. LinznMilly

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    Well I've got Milly wrapped up in a throw on the couch to hopefully help keep her warm and Max is lying right in front of the halogen heater as I type. I don't like the idea of leaving it on unattended though (especially as Max will probably stay in front of it all night :eek: ) so I'm in 2 minds whether to sleep in here with them tonight (which will mean kicking Milly off the couch) or turning the heater off.

    I've pulled the blinds down past the windowsill and closed the [thermal, black-out] curtains so hopefully that will reduce a draught.

    ETA: As far as I'm aware, the boiler was put in just before I moved in nearly 2 years ago.
     
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    Butterfly valve underneath usually...turn on ten seconds then back.The dial should show the result.
     
  8. LinznMilly

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    Thanks for that. Pointermum's post above got me thinking, maybe they don't want me to know how to fix it myself because they need to know how many times it's going off??? It just seems strange that they go to the trouble of hiding the valve behind a plywood box for something I could easily fix myself if they showed me how? Saves them the hassle of sending someone out. :blink: :confused:

    After going to all that trouble of wrapping Milly up warm, I come in this morning to find she's got out of the damn thing and was lying beside it instead :rolleyes: Next time I won't bother :rolleyes:
     
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    Engineer's here now. Turns out it's a leak, so not just a simple matter of flicking a switch this time.

    Just my luck :(
     
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