Gas Central Heating or Night Sotage Heaters


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?
Ken
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    "Ken" <Reply to NG only> writes:

Certainly worth getting a second opinion. There are plenty of cases of British Gas telling people their boilers cannot be repaired when actually only a small repair was required.

Probably would be detrimental -- they don't work very well (most people complain they run out of heat just when you really want it).
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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 WILL be detrimental if you sell.
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Ken wrote:

They need their own consumer unit and tails to go to a new meter. The distribution company won't connect without a signed installation certificate - so not really a DIY job.

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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 the supply
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ARWadworth wrote:

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.
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"Ken" <Reply to NG only> wrote in message

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?
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"Ken" <Reply to NG only> wrote in message

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 specs.
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Thanks for the tip Adam and I will take a look. I know 10/12 year ago I had a simplified sketch showing dimensions, etc when I did an extension but long since filed away (lost!).
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"Ken" <Reply to NG only> wrote in message

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 again,
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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Thanks for your thoughts and now realise that the ONLY way forward is gas heating. More quotes being sorted.
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