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MY landlord has just installed a new boiler and has kindly provided a programmable wi-fi room thermostat but left it with me, : the instructions are awful and i just cant find a way to get the CH on, HW is fine, it is the Strom RF Programmable Thermostat, SSRTPRo6, it also has a unit next to thew boiler, which has a manual switch and one called M/A, the manual one is lit up, tx

 

 

 

it is this one

 

https://www.tradesuppliesonline.com/heating-c15/thermostats-c169/strom-programmable-room-thermostat-rf-with-receiver-p8261

 

UPDATE, I pressed the M/A one and CH came on, have'nt got a clue about the timer, etc, I would rather just call for water for CH when I need it.

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Update, the pressure has gonedown to 0 and I need to fill it to one bar, anyone know which levers on the boiler i need to operate to undertake this, tx

 

It is an Ideal Combi Boiler

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9 hours ago, gamezone07 said:

Update, the pressure has gonedown to 0 and I need to fill it to one bar, anyone know which levers on the boiler i need to operate to undertake this, tx

 

It is an Ideal Combi Boiler

 

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Just wanted to see what the general thoughts are out there re boilers. First time I've had to purchase one.  Live in a 3 bed semi 1950s build so decent size with the Mrs and 4 year old. 

 

Need a new boiler it seems to be the done thing to go with a combi. With the perceived advantages being more space/less noise as a result of the the hot water tank being removed. Also unlimited hot water.

 

Had a chat with my dad, he and my mum have a similar size house to mine. His thought is he'd never go with a combi feels the traditional system is more reliable. Also the traditional system allows for back up hot water.

 

 

I'm sure they'll be other advantages/disadvantages though would welcome your thoughts

 

Thanks 

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If you have traditional system and want to move to a combi then it isn’t as straightforward as just swapping out the boiler. Your central heating system will be under more pressure for a start so if your current pipe work isn’t up to it, it will start leaking. You might end up changing all the pipe work for your central heating to be able to accommodate a combination boiler. 

 

Another disadvantage is if you have more than one shower in the house for example. You might not be able to have enough hot water to have two showers running at the same time. 

 

Combi boilers are cheaper to run because you don’t have to maintain a constant tank of hot water. Apparently, they don’t have the longevity of a traditional boiler. 

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2 hours ago, ez8004 said:

If you have traditional system and want to move to a combi then it isn’t as straightforward as just swapping out the boiler. Your central heating system will be under more pressure for a start so if your current pipe work isn’t up to it, it will start leaking. You might end up changing all the pipe work for your central heating to be able to accommodate a combination boiler. 

 

Another disadvantage is if you have more than one shower in the house for example. You might not be able to have enough hot water to have two showers running at the same time. 

 

Combi boilers are cheaper to run because you don’t have to maintain a constant tank of hot water. Apparently, they don’t have the longevity of a traditional boiler. 

 Thanks to update to my original post we just have the one shower. Would welcome any further views.

 

It seems all the ex council  3 bed semi houses had a traditional system. Does anyone know does the council change the conventional systems to combi's on their properties?

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hello , I have an alpha cb24 that is 15 years old. the domestic hot water is not hot. the problem appears to be either the heat exchanger or the diverter valve. heating is not a problem. so, do I consider a repair job or am I looking at a boiler replacement. ? thanks.

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11 minutes ago, buddysbuddy said:

hello , I have an alpha cb24 that is 15 years old. the domestic hot water is not hot. the problem appears to be either the heat exchanger or the diverter valve. heating is not a problem. so, do I consider a repair job or am I looking at a boiler replacement. ? thanks.

 

15 years old is towards the end of it's lifespan, see link below.

 

https://www.gocompare.com/covered/2013/12/when-should-you-replace-your-boiler/

 

 

In the video, the boiler required a new diaphragm, I'd make sure the repair was done by a qualified engineer if you go that way.

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Get an engineer in to diagnose the problem, if it's a cheap fix then you're ok.

 

If it's an expensive part maybe it's not worth it.

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