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To want the central heating AND hot water?

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lollygagger Fri 12-Dec-14 08:42:14

Or is this asking too much? Before dh was dh about 8 years ago, he renovated his house (now our house) and got a new boiler. He got the cheapest boiler going and now I'm on fucking first name terms with the Scottish gas repairmen. It leaks constantly and either scalds or freezes you, no happy medium. But the most maddening thing is that when it's really cold out the thing cops out when the heating is on and you turn on the hot water. So trying to run a bath for ds and have the bathroom warm at the same time is impossible.

There are about 3 error messages that come up on the bloody thing. I Googled them but there are about 5 different things they could be. So the error messages are completely useless aren't they?

This is a cautionary tale; you get what you pay for. We are now waiting for the bloody thing to die so we can replace it with a bosch. How long can the crappy thing last?!?

p.S. if you're getting a new boiler and someone recommends an Arniston. Run away!

lollygagger Fri 12-Dec-14 08:43:23

Yes, this is a first world problem. grin angry

whois Fri 12-Dec-14 09:45:49

Not sit wit is really a 'first world problem'. having either no heating, or no hot water on a reg basis is shit.

Buy an oil filled radiator or a few fan heaters so you can give the room a good blast of heat before bathing. Obvs take out the electrical item before running the bath.

NoSundayWorkingPlease Fri 12-Dec-14 09:52:12

Do you mean Aniston? If so I agree.

Ours is 7 years old but we have kind of the opposite problem (which seemingly cannot be fixed) - 90% of the time our hot water only works if the heating is on hmm

Very irritating trying to take a shower, remembering and then having to go and put the flipping heating on to do so.

lollygagger Fri 12-Dec-14 11:07:01

The gas man told us they are constantly in and out of homes with these boilers. If I had 2 or 3 grand spare I would get a new one and then throw a party. We have a fan heater but it uses so much electricity it also gives me the rage because my heating should just work. pout emoticon...
That's funny that you have the opposite problem with the same boiler!

HouseofEliot Fri 12-Dec-14 11:13:11

We had exactly this with an ariston boiler. We had an engineer out who replaced the pcb board (control panel) pump and other various things over about 8 visits and many pounds later. I ended up googling and found it could be the low pressure switch. He replaced this and it's been fine since.

lollygagger Fri 12-Dec-14 12:36:57

Aye, we've had all those things replaced too. Will keep a note about the low pressure switch. Not sure if that has been done yet.
Thankfully dh took out the homecare package when he got the thing so at least we don't have to pay each time. It would cost us many hundreds every year I'm sure shock.
The last time they came to check it they found 4 gas leaks in other parts of the system that have probably been there for years. So not only is our boiler a pile of poo but the guys who originally installed it were fly-by-night cowboys.
This would not have happened if I had been on the scene wink.

flipchart Fri 12-Dec-14 12:42:31

Wouldn't it make sense to cut your loses and get a new one anyway?
You may be getting the call outs sorted as part of a warranty but you haven't got piece of mind.

I would save up and get a new one and stop all this hassle.

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