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:cry: My combi boiler just packed in at home

No hot water, no central heating,

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a wopping great big 1300 quid bill for a plumber to replace it on xmas eve


Merry Christmas my ****:cry::cry::cry::cry:
 

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Beko? I think, my dad was at the house when the chap came round. Its been playing up for a bit now, loosing pressure regularly, and intermitantly stops heating the water when called for. Apparently its the 'internal tank' thats shot??

Its 8 years old which also apparently is a good life span of a combi???
 
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Beko? I think, my dad was at the house when the chap came round. Its been playing up for a bit now, loosing pressure regularly, and intermitantly stops heating the water when called for. Apparently its the 'internal tank' thats shot??

Its 8 years old which also apparently is a good life span of a combi???
Manufacturers normally do a good replacement part service through specialised plumbers. I would have thought you could get that part pretty easily. 8 years isn't that long a life for a combi, you must have VERY hard water. I would have expected a few years more. It may be worth a second opinion, I think a replacement boiler is a bit OTT. Beko is ok make. Shouldn't be any problems, including getting parts. Worcester will be another 20% more expensive.

Why does it always happen before Christmas?? A lot chepaer i know , but our Dyson blew up last week so we had to get a replacement. 5 year guarantee... it's JUST over 5 years old. Typical!!
 
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Too late now but get a service contract with British Gas. £20 a month and they service it annually. When it breaks, they come and fix it and parts and labour are free.

We have a Worcester Bosch boiler and it went wrong for the first time in 5 years a month ago. I still consider it to be pretty new.
 

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Why does it always happen before Christmas?? A lot chepaer i know , but our Dyson blew up last week so we had to get a replacement. 5 year guarantee... it's JUST over 5 years old. Typical!!
Dyson do a repair service where they come to your house and fix it for 50. New parts. When our motor blew up, they were out the next day and fixed it. That was pretty sdecent customer service.
 
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Dyson do a repair service where they come to your house and fix it for 50. New parts. When our motor blew up, they were out the next day and fixed it. That was pretty sdecent customer service.
Damn.... too late. Bought a new one from Curry's. The hoover was in a bad way though... thoroughly abused all it's life. So i suppose we really needed a new one anyway. Aren't pre-christmas sales great!
 
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Are modern combi boilers really that bad? My boiler (Thorn) is over 30 years old and still going strong. The guy that "services" it occasionally (really just an inspection) says it is fine, that I will save some gas by replacing it but not enough to justify the expense. If I was facing a 4 figure replacement bill, I would want more than 5 years out of it!
 

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X-files music.....You are not alone Paultrim.

Guess what has just turned up at a neighbours house...a heating engineers van ..his safety vent ws blowing the other day and I told him how to set it.Perhaps he couldn't find it as it needs the lid off and was too embarrassed to aske me.

Anyway our combi is 16 years old.a few minor niggles abut I aggree go for the Worcester Bosch.
I certainly will.

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Got a Worcester HighFlow 400 Electronic installed when we bought our current house 8 years ago. At £1500 I would expect it to last longer then 8 years.

I hope you get something sorted before Christmas day!
 

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Dyson do a repair service where they come to your house and fix it for 50. New parts. When our motor blew up, they were out the next day and fixed it. That was pretty sdecent customer service.
Weve just had our dyson rebuilt. They collected it from my home and near enough renewed every part on it . Then brought it back a fantastic service 4 day turn around all for £69. :thumbs:
 

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Are modern combi boilers really that bad? My boiler (Thorn) is over 30 years old and still going strong. The guy that "services" it occasionally (really just an inspection) says it is fine, that I will save some gas by replacing it but not enough to justify the expense. If I was facing a 4 figure replacement bill, I would want more than 5 years out of it!
Ditto.

The gas boys always tell us it's only about 40% efficient and we'd be better off with a new one but efficiency is not just about combustion, it's about whole life-time cost. I ain't replacing mine 'til it breaks.

Oh, is there not a new boiler banger replacement scheme being started by the govt?. I heard they were giving £400 quid towards boiler replacement.
 

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Ditto.

The gas boys always tell us it's only about 40% efficient and we'd be better off with a new one but efficiency is not just about combustion, it's about whole life-time cost. I ain't replacing mine 'til it breaks.

Oh, is there not a new boiler banger replacement scheme being started by the govt?. I heard they were giving £400 quid towards boiler replacement.
only if your current boiler is efficiency band 'G' (i think, basically the most inefficient band)
 

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To be honest £1300 sounds like a bargain to me. I was quoted £3500 - why? Well:

1. Incoming gas pipe doesn't confirm to current regulations because it's slightly too narrow and is "not good for efficiency". So the whole thing has to be replaced which is a massive amount of work.
2. The flue doesn't meet current regulations and will need to be replaced. Due to the height, this will involve scaffolding etc etc

I just can't be bothered. Easier to move house.....
 

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only if your current boiler is efficiency band 'G' (i think, basically the most inefficient band)
There's always a feekin' catch, isn't there?:mad:

Wonder how you can tell which band your boiler comes under?
 

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