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10 November 2005 @ 09:48 am
 
Rang another boiler company (recommended by someone at J's work), they're coming out this morning (soon, too). So hopefully they can fix it. There's a 'new customer breakdown' surcharge, but if they seem any good I'll likely see if they'll service it next summer. He recognised the make/model of our boiler and told me it was a 'troublesome boiler' *sigh*

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Boiler man arrived while I was typing that. It's the thermostat - something in the internals or wiring I think, he's off to get a replacement now. Heating, soon :) Thermostat was apparently older than the boiler, he seemed surprised something that ancient was still working (or rather, was still working as recently as Sunday).

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Boiler man been and gone again ... heating! Yay! New thermostat all fitted. Not too expensive, given the call out charge was high coz I'm a new customer. Talked a bit about replacing the boiler ... £2500 or so, he reckons. It'd involve thermostats on the radiators, possibly altering the position of the flue as well as the new boiler. I don't think so, not unless it becomes a necessity. Certainly not just coz it's a little flaky at times, anyway ;)

Yesterday was more Civ4 - after a few starts and stops I'm going for world domination the oldfashioned way ;) Stomped one civ, just pondering if I want to take a breather, or just start in on stomping the other neighbour I have immediately. Also read some books - finished "Agyar" by Steven Brust ... not part of the series I was reading before. I liked it - it's very clear while reading it what the story is about, what the main character is, and indeed, what happens at the end. But none of that is set out explicitly. Which made it feel more plausible and real, somehow. Also read "Bengal Station" by Eric Brown, which actually was the sort of story I thought "The Foreigners" by James Lovegrove would be, but wasn't. It was a thriller in a sci-fi setting, which wouldn't've worked in a non-sci-fi setting. Nice to read (I'd say 'fun' but it's a rather cynical view of the world), but somehow felt rather shallow.
 
 
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mattlazycat on November 10th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
Don't know if the government are still doing it, but we got almost half off the price of our new boiler because it was a more eco-friendly condensing one or something. Might want to look into that :)
Margaretpling on November 10th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'd not thought about that sort of thing. I shall have to investigate.
Onyxonyx_uk on November 10th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
£2500 is a total rip off. You should be able to get a new combi for about 1000, new radiators you can get for about 50 quid each from B&Q and that is the full unit. Not sure how much a new flue would cost by my guess would be that it wouldn't be anywhere near what the remaining balance. If you are wanting a new system or pondering one, my advice would be to shop around.
Margaretpling on November 10th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah, for a job that size I'd get more than just a ball park estimate from one guy :)