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Ideal combi boiler c32 expansion vessel
Had a visit from a heating engineer today (certainly had gift of gab-especially when talking costs!) and was told my Ideal mini combi boiler (C32) expansion vessel needs replacing. Indeed I will get this done but not at an extra 2 hrs labour (£120+VAT) and part (£225+VAT!!) having already been stung for 1 hr labour just to say the expansion vessel needs replacing. Ranting bit over-just exercising my internal pressure relief valve.
Anyhow, my question is: can I partly drain a radiator to act as a kind of expansion vessel for now to enable my heating to function? Are there any issues with doing this?
Many thanks for any advice.
Thanks for the advice and reply - much appreciated. (Ps my engineer chargesn £1728/hr as it took him 5 mins to suss what issue was) ;-)
My solicitor charges £200-00. per hour.
On a serious point, Fit a vessle externally of the boiler, Parts and fitting £150-00. Nothing horrendous. If the trader is not vat registered then no vat payable on the labour.
Do not replace the internal vessle. Fit a remote one.
Answered 13th Mar 2013
Get someone else to pump up the expansion vessel with a car foot pump, needs to go to 1 bar of air. works every time.
make sure the boiler pressure is at zero when you do this & and with a open end.
Or go to the top rad of your house and trap air onto a rad by closing off both side of the rad then drain about half a bucket of water,
then open up both rad valves and you have trapped the air in the rad.
this also works.
Answered 19th Mar 2013