Got a hot water tank in my airing cupboard upstairs. Never had a
problem until recently when (I was told) one of the thermostats went
faulty (causing hot water overflow).
Anyway, have had someone to look at it and apparently the thermostat
is unreachable and unreplaceable because the tank has been fitted
front to back which means that pipes/wall are in the way of removing
it. Company has told me its an all day job to remove the tank and put
it back in the right way.
Does this sound right?
Even though its ten years old I am considering chasing the developer
(Barratt) about this if their incompetence in the first instance is
causing me this additional cost.
Some stats like ours are just held (though a cut-out in the tank insulation)
against the wall of the tank by a stainless steel belt all the way around
the tank, and tightend with a screw adjuster. i.e. they are not actually
bolted TO the tank.
If this was the case, it's possible (assuming the c/h fitter left enough
cable slack on the stat) the belt could be removed - or cut off and
replaced if you can't get to the tensioning screw either directly or by
moving the belt around to where you can get to it. Stat would drop off and
could be fished out and replaced. Another cut out could then be made in the
tank insulation to fit the new one where its more accessible. An hours job -
even if the cable to the stat needed to be jointed/extended a bit.
It probably would take a good few hours to move the tank around if it HAD to
be done, but if it was me, I'd be getting a mirror and a torch and having a
good look behind myself first.
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