Boiler is dead 8-(
The long-serving Worcester Bosch 280 RSF may have finally shuffled off its
The most minor fault ever - a minor weep on the push-fit O-ring fittings wh
ere the diverter valve fits onto the backplate. Normally these are held in
place by a couple of stainless (sic) hairpins and just pull off. However a
slow leak on one has caused the hairpins to rust in place. As a result, I c
an't pull them out or remove the valve to fix the seals.
In a sensible world, I would now rip the diverter valve out with a crowbar
(destroying the pin housings) and buy a new one. However parts for the 280
are getting scarce and it seems that the last diverter valve has left the b
We also need a whole new bathroom. This has been needed since we moved in,
but tuit shortage...
* Easily fix the existing boiler. Not going to happen.
Fix the boiler by gambling hundreds on the collectible valve dealers of e
Bay and hope that a valve swap is enough.
* Buy new boiler. Have new boiler installed. In a year or two's time, rip t
he bathroom to pieces around it. I don't like the idea of that
Build new bathroom and install new boiler now. Before Christmas.
Of the lot, I'm now inclining to the latter. It gives the best result and t
he money is there to do it - just a bit lacking on tuits and enthusiasm for
a big project. I'm also not working at present, owing to a laser cutting
business, the Christmas rush period and an expensive and £4k slow-to-repa
ir blown laser tube (like I care about boilers at the moment! 8-( )
So, my question to the panel is twofold:
* Anyone got a magic bodge-o-fix? Doesn't have to last forever.
If I buy a new boiler, what's the best? Efficient, capable, RELIABLE.
The house is a 3 storey Victorian with two of us. Not moving anytime soon.
No water storage (hot or cold). Electric shower and staying that way. Pitif
ul insulation. Heating is currently '70s-'80s (?) microbore. Bathroom needs
to support a Giant Copper Bathtub (we already have this - looks like somet
hing from a brewery). Kitchen is mostly coldwater feed as it's out the bac
k and takes ages for the water to run hot down there. At some future point
the rebuilt megakitchen might get a nice wooodburner, but it's just too mu
ch plumbing to face integrating that to the main water space heating.