The long-serving Worcester Bosch 280 RSF may have finally shuffled off its Python sketch.
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 uilding.
We also need a whole new bathroom. This has been needed since we moved in, but tuit shortage...
So, options: * 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.