Boiler Breakdowns

  • 13 January 2021
  • 6 replies
  • 59 views

In the past 7 days I have noticed BG visit properties in the cul de sac where I live 3 times and two independent central heating service people visit twice. That is 5 visits to 5 different properties in 7 days. The cul de sac is a total of 34 houses. Judging by the time the service people were there it must have been more than a service and I assume central heating issues. This lead me to wonder how many members here have had central heating problems this winter so far.

No, I ain’t been curtain twitching but seen these vans when going out for a walk!

I also looked at BG’s service plan. The cheapest (if you don’t go for an excess) is £234 per annum. I think they require you to have their plan and want their longer warranty period for their boilers (not of great value). With the average lifespan of a boiler being 10 to 13 years you pay BG more than the cost of a new boiler! 


6 replies

Yup. Here’s mine. http://crystalfires.co.uk/instructions/cf1L%20instructions%20version%201.pdf

Userlevel 7
Badge +8

Do gas fires still have pilot lights? I thought they were all electronic or piezoelectric now, same as cookers. The same tips apply to the actual burners on fires and cookers, if you clean the burners regularly it gives a cleaner burn, and if electric ignition clean the thermocouple while your at it

That’s a thought. I never though of reducing the noise of the pilot light on may gas fire! I hear hit but my wife doesn’t!

Writing of repairs a friend, a coupe of years back, found his boiler had packed up. Engineer called. “You need a new circuit board.” Cost quoted was I think well over £100 for the part. When the engineer went he check the circuit with a multimeter to find the fault was a small capacitor. He took himself off to Newcastle we have a shop called Aitkins who sell these sort of. He bought a capacitor went home and replaced it on the board. All worked thereafter. Cost 20p!

I am now off too buy a new lock for a side garage door. Existing one has failed. Fortunately it has failed in the unlocked position. 

 

Yes, top tip on the house insurance!

But all true, especially if you’re partial to a bit of DIY. I probably went a bit far doing my gas fire recently, but having watched an expert do it previously, it seemed (and was) easy. e.g. Take the middle out of a biro and use as a tube to blow the fluff out of the pilot light.

Plus I now have a much smaller pilot light flame that is less noisy, which I’m sure if I ask nicely @woz will calculate how much I might save per year. 😉 

No problems. Never buy household insurance, it’s a rip off.

Perhaps sounding too blunt there, but that’s the way it is. Put the penny you save in the bank and hire a local expert if you need them. Cheaper and helps local businesses.

(I do have house and car insurance though)

I agree. Those plans and special policies are expensive. Very often it is cheaper to add items to your contents policy. Example, I have a classical guitar. I sought specialist insurance for it and the quote for it was £74 per annum. I contacted my household insurer. “No problem, I can add it to your existing policy. No extra charge.” With respect to iPhones though some specialist insurers offer you better terms than Apple’s Care Plan at a fraction of the cost and give you better cover than the Care Plan.

I have digressed. Yes, calling out your local man you can rely on is usually cheaper. My last such was in October. A 3-way valve failed. Call out fee £80, an additional £40 because complications arose. Cost of valve £64. I supplied the valve. The engineer said he cannot provide the same valve for less than £80! Another example is the failure of the fan on the boiler. Quoted cost for the job £250 to £300! Actual cost, as I did it myself, was £120 for the fan and 5 minutes with a screwdriver!

Moral. Have a local man you can rely on and if possible buy the parts yourself.

No problems. Never buy household insurance, it’s a rip off.

Perhaps sounding too blunt there, but that’s the way it is. Put the pennies you save in the bank and hire a local expert if you need them. Cheaper and helps local businesses.

House and car insurance is an exception — Nice curtains Richard!

Reply