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AIBU to want a new boiler?

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imisschocolate Thu 01-Sep-16 19:09:46

Sorry its a bit long

Our boiler is currently in our spare room which will be the baby's room in a few months. Its noisy (fan issue and something to do with the ignition which I don't understand) and is 25+ years old. Our radiators don't heat properly which they suspect is to do with a build up of silt but can't be 100% sure until the system is flushed. Same with repair to boiler, can't be 100% sure that this will fix the problems.

DH and I had agreed to replace the boiler and move it too the kitchen. We had mentioned to MIL months ago if she knew anyone as we were thinking of doing this (she works in property maintenance) and she said she didn't.

Fast forward a few months and we mention we have a guy t do work, a quote we're happy with and a date penciled in. Suddenly we don't need to replace the boiler as the boiler is a good model that will work for years and years to come, a simple flush of the system and having thermostats installed will solve everything. This guy she knows has told her this and its a waste to move it. She keeps saying that its our house and our decision but but but......

AIBU to want to move the 25+ year old noisy boiler which hasn't heated flat properly in the 6 years we've been here (despite repairs) from the room my baby is going t be sleeping in?

user1471443957 Thu 01-Sep-16 19:13:05

YANBU. Why would anyone take a risk with a dodgy old boiler in a baby's room?!

CatNip2 Thu 01-Sep-16 19:13:06

Absolutely not. I rep,aced my boiler when I replaced the kitchen because the old one was rubbish, it had also been repaired many times. I have a very good plumber and we picked a Vailiant which he said are very reliable and the brand he chose for home, and four years later we haven't been disappointed. The new one is silent, more accessible, and warms a cold house up in the depths of winter easily.

Go for it.

user1468603947 Thu 01-Sep-16 19:13:37

We just replaced our 14 yr old boiler. We had a power flush last year and it didn't help at all. We haven't had the heating on much (as its summer!) but when they installed it the radiators were actually hot and the house toasty, it made a huge difference. I'd forgotten the radiators could be anything other than lukewarm!

I'd definitely do it, especially to get it out of the babies room too.

NavyandWhite Thu 01-Sep-16 19:14:56

Who suddenly said you don't need a new boiler? Mil?

At 25 years old I would definitely get one.

ApocalypseSlough Thu 01-Sep-16 19:16:03

You want PigletJohn
My understanding is that all new boilers are combi boilers and that they're crap and non serviceable. An ideal compromise is to move it to the kitchen- is that doable?

Hercules12 Thu 01-Sep-16 19:16:19

Absolutely do it. It would worry me being in baby'seats room.

Lisad1975 Thu 01-Sep-16 19:17:51

Boilers have a life of about 25 years anyway .

Julia001 Thu 01-Sep-16 19:19:20

A new Combi boiler (I trust that this is the one that you are going for) are so efficient and will reduce your heating cost with an immediate start. I would also flush out the system and perhaps put new thermostats on the Rads, there is no reason why you shouldn't put it in the kitchen, but moving the pipes around is expensive, but why not , just do it, its your house and if you want to (and if the old boiler is over 20 years old , I would) just do it.

c3pu Thu 01-Sep-16 19:26:34

I had my 25 year old boiler in a bedroom. It broke before the kids came to live with me, and I got it replaced with a much better combi and got it moved to the loft.

Smartest thing I could have done tbh!

If you do go for a new boiler, it's usually worth paying extra for a good make like Vailant or Bosch, according to the gas man I'm mates with.

imisschocolate Thu 01-Sep-16 19:31:18

The quote we have to replace includes the flush so that will get done anyway.

As we have the loft space the boiler guy said would be easy enough to have the pipes running along there.

Apocalypse - the boiler is massive - bigger than by fridge freezer, moving it not going to be possible.

I honestly don't know where this sudden view we shouldn't get it done is coming from. we've been talking about it for months! Its very frustrating and she has absolutely n issue with the baby sleeping in that room. I think its crazy.

ratspeaker Thu 01-Sep-16 19:32:00

We replaced our boiler last year.
Got a new programmable thermostat too and a magna clean thingy on it.
Noticed a dramatic increase in the comfort of the house
New boiler is quieter and we're using less gas.

I would replace and move that boiler if you have any doubts about its safety.
Not BU in the least to make sure your precious baby is safe

Make sure you have CO monitor whatever you do.

imisschocolate Thu 01-Sep-16 19:32:41

I thinks it a worcester one we're getting.

ratspeaker Thu 01-Sep-16 19:36:50

who is saying you shouldn't move the boiler, your DH or your MIL?

Our nw boiler is a condensing I think, has a waste pipe connected to the drain.
We have instant hot water, it uses less energy to run a shower off the boiler than the electric shower ( we have a smart meter and watched the difference in the two )

and I dont now why combi boiler are deemed unservicable and crap.

ApocalypseSlough Thu 01-Sep-16 19:36:57

Is your loft accessible? Getting into ours involves ladders from the shed, a step for the ladder and is a complete pita. Unfortunately we seem to have to access it several times a month in the winter. I'd like to bring it down into the garage.

ApocalypseSlough Thu 01-Sep-16 19:38:14

rats I might well be wrong- that's why I wondered where piglet was. blush

ratspeaker Thu 01-Sep-16 19:53:24

Our old boiler was a combi. It lasted just over 20 years. Had a contract with BG to sevice it.

We got a local firm in to replace our boiler. They were cheaper than BG to install also service contract is cheaper.

The thing I really love is our new programmer, it lets us set a minimum temperature for the house and will come on automatically if the temp falls below that level. Ideal if you have to get up during the night with newborn,

imisschocolate Thu 01-Sep-16 19:54:55

ratspeaker- its MIL. DH says he wants to replace and move but won't stand up to MIL. (ongoing issue) he just sits there and says ok when she has "suggestions".

imisschocolate Thu 01-Sep-16 19:56:17

apocalypse - we have a hatch in out hall. We're in an upper cottage in a 4 in a block.

ratspeaker Thu 01-Sep-16 19:58:29

BTW if its your house and you are paying for the boiler then its none of your MIL business

ratspeaker Thu 01-Sep-16 20:01:47

Tell your DH its your baby's safety and comfort at risk.
Apartr from the noise unsettling the child, there is the risk of CO poisoning from a faulty boiler.
And a warm home is better for the baby.

Dont say anything to MIL until after its done.

Gingernaut Thu 01-Sep-16 20:03:31

When did your MIL become a plumber?

I've got a boiler that went out of manufacture 13 years ago.

The British Gas engineers who come to service and repair the thing can't replace a lot of the parts anymore.

It's not 25 years old yet and it's obsolete.


NavyandWhite Thu 01-Sep-16 20:03:47

Change your boiler.
Then tell MIL. What's it got to do with her anyway?
Seriously you don't an old boiler in the same room as your brand new baby.

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Thu 01-Sep-16 20:05:39

Tell your fil to get a new boiler
Get rid of mil!

imisschocolate Thu 01-Sep-16 20:06:41

Thanks for all the comments. M y colleagues and friends all said same thing. I wanted to ask here as there tends to be a wide range of points of view.

Will tell DH to grow a pair!

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