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    • jinny
    • By jinny 16th Mar 17, 9:36 AM
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    Sofa in front of unused fire
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    • 16th Mar 17, 9:36 AM
    Sofa in front of unused fire 16th Mar 17 at 9:36 AM
    Hi can anyone advise I have a broken back boiler behind a very ugly gas fire front can't afford a replacement at the moment I don't fit the criteria for a free boiler or have it fixed. The fire doesn't work either it's not been capped off but it's definitely caput. Could I put a sofa in front of it? The room is a long shape and the sofa would look better on the wall in front of the unused fire. I hope that is clear thanks.
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    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 16th Mar 17, 10:09 AM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 10:09 AM
    I don't see why not. Obviously if the fire was being used, it'd be a different matter, but if it's not switched on then what are you worried about ?


    As a belt 'n' braces measure, switch off the gas supply to the fire - there should be a little tap in the pipework leading to the fire. But I don't really understand your concern ?
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    • Aylesbury Duck
    • By Aylesbury Duck 16th Mar 17, 10:11 AM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 10:11 AM
    I would recommend getting the fire properly decommissioned anyway. Besides the sofa question, there's the question of how safe a broken appliance with a live gas feed is.
    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 16th Mar 17, 11:07 AM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 11:07 AM
    Hi can anyone advise I have a broken back boiler behind a very ugly gas fire front
    Originally posted by jinny
    Baxi Bermuda by any chance ?

    If so, there will be a small tap located at the bottom right hand side of the back boiler - The tap should be accompanied by a diagram to show which way to position it so that the gas is turned off, supplies the boiler only, or both fire & boiler.

    P.S. The Baxi Bermuda was very common and spares are still obtainable - The heat exchanger is the expensive part, but refurbished units sometimes turn up on ebay.
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    • jinny
    • By jinny 16th Mar 17, 11:48 AM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 11:48 AM
    Thanks so much for quick replies
    It's is a housewarmer electronic back boiler
    With epic 2 gas fire
    I had a gas fitter tell me I don't have enough
    Ventilation in living room so was unable to fix the valve
    I would need special vents installed in the outside wall
    This is due to recent regulations. So I just kept the boiler off and the fire isn't used no pilot light is lit. I use an electric shower to wash and boil kettles for dishes I use a relatives washing machine to do laundry.
    I have a convection heater in the living room but thankfully not so much in the recent mild weather. I live in a block of flats so added ventilation would be akward I assume. Sorry I sound quite depressing but I'm ok and fine with the set up at the moment. Things can only get better as the song goes.
    Last edited by jinny; 16-03-2017 at 11:50 AM.
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    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 16th Mar 17, 1:19 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 1:19 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 1:19 PM
    Here you go, page 14 & 15 show the location of the gas valve - http://acwilgar.co.uk/Boiler-Manual-PDF/Potterton/POTTERTON%20HOUSEWARMER%2045,55.pdf

    Like you, I also have a back boiler (Baxi), and ventilation is inadequate - Have an undersized air brick, but it lets in a howling gale and makes the room bloomin' cold.... (the fix I'll keep quiet about).

    With a carbon monoxide alarm fitted (that is CO, not CO2), the back boiler is fired up as and when needed for hot water.

    Fitting a suitable vent is problematic, as I guess it is a leasehold property - Fitting a condensing boiler is going to have the same issues if leaseholder permission is required.
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    • jinny
    • By jinny 16th Mar 17, 3:53 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 3:53 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 3:53 PM
    Thanks for replies
    Yes it's a council leasehold but private flat.
    Fitter says the flue is ok but vents need to be fitted on wall opposite next to window this is a new regulation
    I have a carbon monoxide detector in the room
    I will take a look at the link thanks
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