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Old 31-03-24, 02:15 PM   #2791
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I went out again this morning and found if I move my foot back a bit first it all works fine. Just need to change my muscle memory, that's all.
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Old 05-04-24, 09:58 AM   #2792
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My boiler packed up on Easter Monday. It's well past it's best and needs replacing which I'll arrange this year. Meantime I knew the problem was the flue fan, it's been noisy for a while but in this case I think the motor winding had broken down as it works fine when cold. I've now replaced the whole fan assembly (simple job) and I can't believe how much quieter it is.

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Old 05-04-24, 12:35 PM   #2793
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Our Vaillant condensing boiler was installed in 1996, has stainless steel heat exchanger and is still going strong. It is on its third fan but only because flue was installed wrong.. They fitted it with flue pipe sloping back towards boiler, which meant condensed flue gasses ran back down flue pipe and dripped onto top of heat exchanger casing and filled the chamber where the fan was with acidic steam. Basically the first couple of fans lasted about 4 years each because the unsealed ball bearings rusted away, once I had spotted the wrong flue slope and sloped it away from boiler the 3rd fan still going strong.
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Old 05-04-24, 01:42 PM   #2794
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FYI I fitted a cheap heated Tap unit in my Kitchen. It's saved me loads on water and heating for washing up,

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You do need a 30 amp cooker Electric point to take the current use and used on the cold water tap supply. There are more expensive and stylish ones if required.

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Old 05-04-24, 02:50 PM   #2795
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FYI I fitted a cheap heated Tap unit in my Kitchen. It's saved me loads on water and heating for washing up,

Heated Tap eBay


You do need a 30 amp cooker Electric point to take the current use and used on the cold water tap supply. There are more expensive and stylish ones if required.

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That looks very neat.

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Old 05-04-24, 03:15 PM   #2796
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That looks very neat.

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As it's my own Ex-Council house I fitted it myself. Just used a small flexi-hose ( Important) from the copper pipe to the tap,

Flexible tap hoses Screwfix

You just get the diameters to match your pipes usually 15mm for most. I used to use my old Wall gas heater but worked out the pilot light was on all the time ( probably wasting around 50+ a year) and it lost a lot of water getting to the tap so it also reduced my Water-bill. It takes a little to get used to as it's about the same pressure as an electric shower but I'd never go back now. They are so cheap even if it lasted less than the 3 years I've had it I'd just buy another

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I used a bit of RTV gasket sealer at both ends just to make sure there were no leaks. Well I am a ,"Biker/Shady Tree Mechanic"
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