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Isolate supply to room thermostat and replace room thermostat.
“If the thermostat is poorly located (for example: near a draughty door or not in a living space), you might benefit from a wireless replacement that can be relocated in a more suitable place,” explains Chris Teale from London-based HITGAS. “The initial outlay is more expensive, but a better located thermostat will make the heating more efficient and the temperature more comfortable.”
If you’re thinking of replacing the room thermostat because it has become a bit grubby over
the years, try cleaning it first,” suggests Chris. “They can often be cleaned up well with
a good quality household cleaner. Don’t allow the thermostat to get wet as it’s connected to an electrical supply.”
If you have a wireless room thermostat that is not working or has a blank display, it will contain batteries – usually AA-size. Check whether replacing these solves the problem before calling out an engineer unnecessarily.
Drain down system. Supply and fit a replacement gas boiler.
“Opting to convert from a system with a cylinder to a combination boiler can become expensive because the pipework needs to be reconfigured,” says Chris. “The cylinder and tanks also need to be decommissioned and removed.”
“Although it may be tempting to choose a cheaper boiler, paying a little more can get you
up to a 10-year manufactures’ warranty on parts and labour,” says Chris. “This can save hundreds of pounds should the boiler fail in future.”
Always read the small print on your warranty. Often, the boiler must be serviced annually by an approved installer otherwise the warranty will become null and void.
Isolate water supply and drain pipework. Cut and replace split section of pipe or replace tank and alter pipework as required.
“Ordinarily, this will be an emergency call out,” says Chris. “An out-of-hours call out often costs more. Don’t delay, though, to avoid further damage to the property, such as ceilings coming down.”
Chris says: “Ensure that your tanks in the loft have a water bypass kit installed, including an insulating jacket. Insulate all visible pipes in the loft area.”
If you’re going away in the winter, leave your heating on with the room thermostat set low, such as at 10℃. Your heating will come on if the temperature drops and the pipes are at risk of freezing.
Isolate feeds to shower, then remove and replace shower valve.
“If a different size valve is fitted, the area may need to be re-tiled,” says Chris.
“When installing your bathroom, remember that the shower valve will eventually need to be replaced. Choose a shower that has replaceable cartridges so the whole valve does not need to be removed,” says Chris.
Choose a thermostatic shower valve. They prevent fluctuations in temperature when another tap is used in the house. Many models have a safety feature to prevent children or the infirm from accidentally setting the temperature too high.
Locate and repair the source of the leak.
“Ignoring a damp patch usually results in the problem worsening which can cause more damage to your property,” says Chris.
“Inspect the silicone seals around the bath or shower,” recommends Chris. “They can come away over time and allow water to seep through when the shower is in use. It’s possible to replace the seal yourself.
Check the quality of tile grout as this can crack and diminish over time, allowing water to escape which damages the walls."