One of my family own a one bedroomed flat where the boiler has just been
condemned by a Corgi Fitter as unsafe and leaking Carbon Monoxide. The
plumber says a new boiler will be around £3,000. Also will have to route the
flue a longer way round because of the current gas regulations. I wonder if
they would be better at looking at Night Storage Units which I assume would
have a much lower initial spend and with it being a small flat would not
break the bank in running costs.
Are Night Storage Heaters easy as a DIY project?
One thought, nothing to do with DIY, is whether it would be detrimental on
the value, or ease of selling, of the flat?
Certainly worth getting a second quote. My friend paid £2500 for a full CH
install in a one bedroom house (5 rads). Cheaper quotes were available but
they did not meets the standards I required for my friend.
It would come under part P. You can DIY it if you pay for building control.
I have never seen a distribution company ask for a certificate for anything
and have never known then connect a supply to any CU.
It is not possible to supply a certificate without power first being
supplied to the CU as the certificate needs you to fill in readings about
had night storage heaters in the flat but had a single tariff meter and
the tails going from the heating CU were there but unconnected. The
previous tenant had only wanted a single tariff supply. The distribution
company had removed the dual tariff meter and timeswitch and, with the
agreement of the tenant, left the heating unconnected when a single
tariff meter was fitted.
I asked to go to a dual tariff and have the heating tails reconnected.
The distribution company said that they could only reconnect the tails
if I had a signed installation certificate. Obviously, at the time,
power was being supplied to the *other* CU. The landlord wasn't
interested. I couldn't afford to hire an electrician to do the tests and
provide the certificate. So I managed without the heating... Not
something that one soon forgets.
Thanks for all the replies and clearly electric heating is bad news as far
as the value and selling prospects.
The message is to get more quotes but I also have a feeling, now I have
looked a the photos of outside of the flat, that it will be very hard to
comply with the regs re getting the flue out. Anyone know where there may be
any info covering this side of things?
If you look on any boiler manufacturers web site you can usually download
the installation manual for a boiler. This will give you the acceptable flue
arrangments. AFAIK most manufacturers seem to give the same or similar
i'm looking for a place to rent right now, and the first thing i look for
when seeing a new ad is the heating type, if it's got electric heating i
don't look any further, the property may be the best ever, in the best
location and cheapest rent, but there's no way i'm ever going to suffer
those horrible night storage heaters, or any other type of electric heating
First GF place had storage heaters, bloody awfull things, i have arthritis
and it helps to be kept warm, but that wasnt really an option with the
storage heaters, at night they got too hot and made the room uncomfortable,
and by mid day the usefull heat had gone,
stupid thing is there are a fair few new built flats here that have lecky
heating installed, why.... one flat in the same street for rent has gas
heating, the others have lecky, needless to say the lecky heated ones are
still uo for rent, the gas heated one went the second it hit the letting
agents window... amd i wasnt fast enough to get it.
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