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    • oldskoo1
    • By oldskoo1 4th Oct 17, 9:37 PM
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    Need to keep my boiler going
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    • 4th Oct 17, 9:37 PM
    Need to keep my boiler going 4th Oct 17 at 9:37 PM
    My boiler (ideal class ff380) is 15 years old now

    Had some work done, new pcb, pump etc.

    Itís kettling, water is yellow in radiators and I think Iím getting gas from corrosion in small amounts.

    I need to keep this running. I canít afford a new one yet and anyone I know thatís had a new condensing type has had some issues.

    Am I worrying about nothing or is there anything to suggest that I could do to keep it running smoothly?
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    • tacpot12
    • By tacpot12 4th Oct 17, 10:03 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 10:03 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 10:03 PM
    Add some Fernox/Sentinel Silencer and some Inhibitor. Bleed the radiators regularly to remove the gas.

    Start saving hard for a new boiler. I bought a Vaillant Condensing Boiler (a Combi) a couple of years ago as I heard they were reliable, and there have been no problems so far. You could consider getting a personal loan to pay for the boiler - over three years it will be less than £100 a month.
    • Alex1983
    • By Alex1983 4th Oct 17, 10:18 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 10:18 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 10:18 PM
    It’s a pretty bulletproof boiler, if the system had been looked after it would of gone on for donkeys years.

    Best bet know is a system clean, drain it all after a couple of weeks and refill with inhibitor and silencer or pay to have it power flushed.
    • Alex1983
    • By Alex1983 4th Oct 17, 10:20 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 10:20 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 10:20 PM
    *cleaner, fernox f3 or something a bit stronger like kamco fx2.
    • oldskoo1
    • By oldskoo1 4th Oct 17, 11:43 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 11:43 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 11:43 PM
    Glad to hear the boiler is bullet proof!

    It’s generally ok but suffers from the occassional pop, sometimes some repetitive smaller pops.

    It doesn’t cycle frequently, flow is good.

    2 years ago, in my unvented system I put some sentinel x800 in, I ran it for perhaps a few weeks / month.

    I drained it at least twice.

    I then put x100 and x200 in.

    Quiet honestly I noticed no difference.

    The drained water was not particularly dirty to be honest.

    The radiator water is now yellow.

    It’s just the popping in the boiler and the water colour. I’m no engineer but I’m just trying to prolong it.
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