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So I had to muck about with the boiler - dodgy?

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CheeseBadger Sun 09-Nov-14 17:48:54

Our combi boiler packed up on Friday, and the company we have a service contract with can't (or won't) come out until Wednesday. What with her indoors being pregnant I wasn't happy to leave us with no heating or hot water until then. So I "fixed" it.

It was fairly simple. The fan motor had pretty much seized up, so the burners weren't firing. So the air pressure safety switch evidently does work. I just removed the fan assembly, freed the motor and put it all back together. It's working fine now.

I'll ask the engineer to check it all over on Wednesday, and replace all the seals I had to disturb to get the fan assembly out. And I won't leave the heating on overnight until it's been checked over. Does this sound dodgy to anyone? I'm quite happy, as all the safety interlocks appear to be working, but her indoors seems slightly more concerned...

wowfudge Sun 09-Nov-14 21:11:27

I've never left had the heating on overnight ever!

Buy a carbon monoxide detector perhaps? I've no idea about the safety of what you've done btw.

summersoft Sun 09-Nov-14 21:13:31


cheerupandhaveaglassofwine Sun 09-Nov-14 21:18:37

Sounds like you have a fairly good idea of what you were doing so from your description it sounds ok

If you are at all worried get a carbon monoxide detector, and just be aware that any headaches might be a sign if a problem

specialsubject Sun 09-Nov-14 21:33:36

here are the rules from gas safe as to what you can and can't do:

longer term you need backups. As a combi doesn't let you have an immersion, consider an electric shower and buy a couple of electric heaters. That way if the boiler goes you can still wash and stay warm.

TooMuchCantBreathe Sun 09-Nov-14 21:38:25

I'd suspect you've invalidated your warranty and service contract, may be worth checking the small print before you say anything to anyone!

CheeseBadger Sun 09-Nov-14 21:58:57

Thanks special. It's a grey area then. It's not clear whether I removed cosmetic panels or functional panels from that (although it looks like I might have done a bit of an illegal). I'll be a little circumspect when I speak to the engineer...

CheeseBadger Sun 09-Nov-14 22:00:46

And you TMCB!

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