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  1. Kian1810

    Kian1810 New Member

    Hello everyone,

    I have gone from District Heating to Gas heating but I am having an issue with the radiator in my bathroom. All the other radiators have a thermostat on them but the one in the bathroom doesn't so I have no idea how to fully turn it off and I don't want to mess anything up! (only installed today) image1.JPG image1.JPG image1.JPG
     
  2. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I would ask the installer if it's a heat leak / bypass first before doing anything

    If it is needs to be left open
     
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  3. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Why do you want to turn it off?
    Have you got one on the radiator in the same room as the thermostat?
     
  4. Kian1810

    Kian1810 New Member

    It's just a waste of gas really but I may have confused you or confused myself, all the other radiators have the valves with the numbers on them, only the radiator in the bathroom which is pretty much next to the boiler on has those valves on them.
     
  5. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Have you got a room thermostat? on the wall or free standing
     
  6. Kian1810

    Kian1810 New Member

    Not yet, that's being installed on Monday.
     
  7. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Its normal to leave one radiator without a thermostatic radiator valve, usually the one in the same room as the thermostat.
    If you are having a wireless stat I would use the bathroom rad
     
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  8. Kian1810

    Kian1810 New Member

    Does that mean I have to wait until Monday before I can fully turn the rad off?
     
  9. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    What's the reason your needing to turn the rad off ?
     
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  10. Kian1810

    Kian1810 New Member

    It's just pointless being on, a waste of gas, I only want my living room, bedroom and kitchen ones on (which I can control on the rads)
     
  11. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    It won't waste that much gas, you will waste more by not having a room stat over the weekend
     
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  12. Kian1810

    Kian1810 New Member

    I'm confused, I will just have to wait until Monday :D
     
  13. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Post some boiler pictures :)
     
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  14. Chuck

    Chuck Active Member

    It may be a temporary measure so the the system can be used over the weekend until the installation is finished on Monday. Broadly-speaking, to comply with current building regulations you need to have an 'automatic bypass valve' fitted to the system and all radiators, except in a room controlled by a wall thermostat, need to have TRVs fitted.
     
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  15. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber

    Oh no! The OP reminds me of me.

    In fairness, I'm going to have to agree with the others: leave it for now. If you explain to the installer what you want to heat and that you want to be able to control the bathroom manually, I'm sure s/he will be able to accommodate your personal preferences and, if that is the bypass radiator, another radiator could possibly become the bypass radiator instead. It may be that one of those valves on the radiator is a manual valve you can use to shut it down, but best check as sometimes things are left a bit weirdly when a system is under construction.

    If you're worried about wasting gas, here's the plan for the weekend: turn the rads on in the rooms you want to heat (to max or 5), and turn the heating off when these rooms are all hot enough. The room that heats up last you leave on 5, the other rooms you turn down to whatever setting keeps them the desired temperature while you control the room that is set to 5 by turning the heating on and off.

    The above means the bathroom radiator only comes on when the heating is actually switched on, which will save something, and you'll be doing the job of a room thermostat. Stupid, but if it's stupid and it works, then it isn't stupid.

    If that bathroom rad is a 1kW radiator, it's probably only costing you 5p an hour anyway (for the bathroom rad), so even if it stays on constant all weekend, it's less than the cost of a Sunday newspaper. Environmentally, it's the same CO2 as driving 38 miles, and if money is tight it's tight, so I do see where you are coming from.

    If it makes you feel any better, 38 miles is almost exactly the mileage I saved earlier this evening by catching the train instead of driving.
     
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