Friday, 30 April 2010
Bye Bye Boiler
Did you hear me scream?
We had a haunted boiler. It had been giving us trouble on and off for years: every so often it would stop firing up the gas and we'd have no hot water or central heating. Then, three days or so later (almost inevitably just as the repair guy was due to arrive at last), it would start working again. Boiler technicians could not work out what was wrong with it. The fail almost always happened overnight, so the first we'd know was a freezing cold shower in the morning. We spent the whole of one month with the heating running night and day, for fear that the fail was triggered when it got too cold. Then we had the ignition feedback replaced - that seemed to work for about a month. Then we had the circuit board replaced (£250 just for the part). That lasted LESS THAN 24 HOURS.
At that point I gave up, kissed goodbye to £1600 and ordered a new boiler. I am never buying another Worcester Bosch so long as I live, I tell you. After taking the picture above of the dead carcass thrown out on the lawn, I gave it a good kick and danced around it laughing like a crazy woman.
So we got this brand spanking new 35Kw Ideal Logic Plus boiler put in, and I thought I need no longer trawl round my friends using their bathrooms to keep clean. I got up the next morning and headed for the shower, eager to wash my hair.
No hot water.
I think they probably heard my howl of rage in the Ukraine.
(The plumber turned up within an hour and was very embarrassed - after testing they'd forgotten to switch the gas back on ...)