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  1. Rib

    Rib New Member

    Got a new boiler in Feb. Was told a power flush was not needed and they added cleaner and next day came for about 30min in attic with hose, said it was clean.
    Now I've put heating on again, rads are cold at bottom, so I presume full of slum.
    Rang company who fitted boiler, told nothing to do with them what plumber told me, they don't power flush before install.
    Anyway, now I presume I need power flush. Can anyone recommend me a company in Lincolnshire area.
     
  2. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Heating Engineer will tell you. Just because rads are cooler at the bottom doesn't mean they are full of sludge. (it does more often than not but it's not the only cause).
     
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  3. Rib

    Rib New Member

    Is powerflush ltd any good? (pflush.com)
     
  4. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Never heard of them so I don't know. I would get an opinion off a Heating Engineer who has been round ans seen the job. I would not just book in a powerflush. It will cost hundreds and may not be necessary.
     
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  5. AWheating

    AWheating Trusted Plumber GSR

    Was your heating set at a high temp? Was your trv's set to max?

    Your rads may not have got time to warm up fully because of the setting. Turn stats and trv's to max boiler temp to max and run heating see what happens.

    When your boiler was fitted they should have flushed the system to the British standard. This can be done using 3 methods, which one is used depends on the system conditions. A powerflush being the method used when a system is heavily corroded / contaminated. Most heating engineers can powerflush, ask for references if they are local to you
     
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  6. Rib

    Rib New Member

    Plumber was meant to turn up today at 10am. I phoned at 12pm, he's finishing another job. The system does need power flushing. Gunk in attic tank. Now need to find another reliable plumber.
     
  7. HazelT

    HazelT New Member

    I read up a lot about power flushing as I thought I needed it. However I did a bit of investigation myself. I found my pump (in the airing cupboard) was thick with black deposits, like charcoal, and only had about 3mm diameter hole for flow to pass. I replaced the pump. I also flushed through the system using cleaner, filling it and emptying it 3 times until the water was clear.
     
  8. Rib

    Rib New Member

    New pump, boiler and 3 port valve fitted 8 months ago.
    Just need someone to recommend a reliable plumber in my area who power flushes.
     
  9. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Where about are you in the world?
     
  10. Rib

    Rib New Member

    LN4 4** Lincolnshire
     
  11. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Not my area, sorry. But I am sure one of the lads on here can help.
     
  12. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Isn't croft up there @cr0ft@cr0ft anyone you know ??
     
  13. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Did they not flush the system prior to installation of the new Boiler the?
    If not, what was the reason?
     
  14. Rib

    Rib New Member

    " Was told a power flush was not needed and they added cleaner and next day came for about 30min in attic with hose, said it was clean."
     
  15. firemant

    firemant Plumber GSR

    Have they completed the Benchmark? Was it a big firm of chancers?
     
  16. Rib

    Rib New Member

    I have no idea about benchmark. Green Deal Contracts. Under the government free boiler. They didn't fit a magnaclean, which they said would be fitted. They say it didn't need power flush. Trying to get money back for the magnaclean I've had to buy.
     
  17. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    I was always under the impression that each boiler company can only give warranty when the filter, scale reducer and a power flush prior o the boiler installation has been done. However, I would call the engineers back as it's less then a year and should be still under labour warranty. Thats cutting corners, not installing a filter neither a scale reducer even though promising you mutual that they would. Did you try getting them back out to you ? Perhaps you should ask them to come back and install the filter and do the powerflush as any boiler manufacturer will recommend that prior to the installation.
     
  18. Rib

    Rib New Member

    Yes the boiler manufacture said it should have been power flushed. But Green Deal said that a flush and cleaner were fine. They are not contacting me back. I'm going to citizen advice.
     
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  19. Chuck

    Chuck Active Member

    These government schemes are great for the cowboys; they get to fleece both the customer and the tax-payers.

    My guess is that once getting someone competent to make good all the sub-standard work is added into the equation they don't do much towards saving the planet either.

    :(
     
  20. masons

    masons gashead GSR

    these days you get what you pay for
     
  21. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!


    You could always use a Fernox system health check. Send it off, get report on system water.
    Take it from there. They will send you a full analysis of the water by email in a few days.
     
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