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What do you do when your boiler breaks down but you can't afford a plumber?

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I've had no heating or hot water for two days and nothing I've found on Google has worked. I'm frozen! Read More
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6m, 4w agoPosted 6 months, 4 weeks ago
I've had no heating or hot water for two days and nothing I've found on Google has worked. I'm frozen!
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6m, 4w agoPosted 6 months, 4 weeks ago
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You get cold

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#1
You get cold
#2
Sleep !!
#3
This is why you should have house insurance.
#4
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.

I've got house insurance
#5
Get Mario on the case you can pay him with mushrooms.
#6
Get a loan?
#7
On a serious note though you must have some kind of cover for this. Or a family member or friend you can call on for help.
#8
If you're desperate, get a cheap electric room heater from somewhere like Screwfix to tide you over.
#9
squiff
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
I've got house insurance
Contact your home insurance and see if it covers boiler repairs.
#10
Re the hot water, you don't by any chance have an immersion heater as well do you , we had one put in years ago as a back up so if the boiler goes at least I can flick a switch and get hot water still. Only asking because I tend to forget we have it, just looks like a spare electric switch in our airing cupboard.
#11
Caroline_1993
squiff
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
I've got house insurance
Contact your home insurance and see if it covers boiler repairs.

Will do - thank you
#12
tinkerbellian
Re the hot water, you don't by any chance have an immersion heater as well do you , we had one put in years ago as a back up so if the boiler goes at least I can flick a switch and get hot water still. Only asking because I tend to forget we have it, just looks like a spare electric switch in our airing cupboard.

No, I don't have an immersion heater but thanks for taking the time to respond.
#13
you can get a new boiler on finance.
#14
Mine wasn't working this morning . I bled a radiator last night and forgot to repressurise they system . It's working fine now I've done this . Have you checked the pressure ? As for hot water , if it isn't a combination boiler you may have an immersion heater in there
#15
See I was beaten to it on the immersion heater idea . Mine went in February once . All I had to heat the house was the tumble dryer
#16
psychobitchfromhell
Mine wasn't working this morning . I bled a radiator last night and forgot to repressurise they system . It's working fine now I've done this . Have you checked the pressure ? As for hot water , if it isn't a combination boiler you may have an immersion heater in there

The pressure is too low. We topped it up yesterday but it's just dropped again - and yes, I'm wondering if there's a leak too.
#17
Why not phone a few local plumbers and tell them of your situation? Maybe you can persuade them to come out and have a look for free, get a few quotes together and work something out with them. Failing that, credit card? Loads of interest free cards with money transfers available (virgin and Tesco)
#18
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.

House insurance does not normally cover boiler breakdowns.
#19
Caroline_1993
squiff
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
I've got house insurance
Contact your home insurance and see if it covers boiler repairs.


doubt it. You would have had to specify it when you took it out-and never even been asked if i wanted it. Never known it before on "standard cover".
#20
squiff
psychobitchfromhell
Mine wasn't working this morning . I bled a radiator last night and forgot to repressurise they system . It's working fine now I've done this . Have you checked the pressure ? As for hot water , if it isn't a combination boiler you may have an immersion heater in there
The pressure is too low. We topped it up yesterday but it's just dropped again - and yes, I'm wondering if there's a leak too.
There's usually a pressure relief valve located outside. If that is running once you've repressurised the system that's your fault.

What type of system do you have? Combi boiler? Unvented system?
#21
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.


and you prob havnt got it either if you think it covers this.
#22
landros1
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
House insurance does not normally cover boiler breakdowns.
Mine does, and it came as standard
#23
I had this problem 2 weeks ago lost all pressure topped it up lost again no hot water or heating,turned out the hydraulic block was leaking sourced the part for £100 and paid a gas fitter £50 to fit it not what i needed just before xmas
#24
Rich069
Caroline_1993
squiff
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
I've got house insurance
Contact your home insurance and see if it covers boiler repairs.
doubt it. You would have had to specify it when you took it out-and never even been asked if i wanted it. Never known it before on "standard cover".
You wont have been asked for it as it falls under "emergency home repairs"
#25
Sometimes you've got to accept its going to cost you. Warmth and your health is more important. Any how possible, call(or get quotes) for a new one. With a bit of luck youll get a combi fitted from approx £1200 upwards. Very lucky though if its in the next week though.
#26
ask a friend or relative who u can borrow from and return on a weekly basis or monthly....mine wasn't working when after we purchased our house so gt my brother in laws to fix it n told him to get a new best 1 cheaply and when it needs checking just call him like pressure low or high...don't no much about these things
#27
Caroline_1993
Rich069
Caroline_1993
squiff
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
I've got house insurance
Contact your home insurance and see if it covers boiler repairs.
doubt it. You would have had to specify it when you took it out-and never even been asked if i wanted it. Never known it before on "standard cover".
You wont have been asked for it as it falls under "emergency home repairs"


please tell me your insurer and cost then, as its worth quite a bit.
#28
Rich069
Caroline_1993
Rich069
Caroline_1993
squiff
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
I've got house insurance
Contact your home insurance and see if it covers boiler repairs.
doubt it. You would have had to specify it when you took it out-and never even been asked if i wanted it. Never known it before on "standard cover".
You wont have been asked for it as it falls under "emergency home repairs"
please tell me your insurer and cost then, as its worth quite a bit.
Aviva, i pay less than £2 a week. Ive claimed on my isurance twice.
#29
All energy companies should be compelled as part of the deal to supplying our energy needs should at least do an annual boiler service free to ensure we are not wasting energy (& causing unnecessary global warming).
Currently (most companies) will only do a free gas safety check free which often results in the appliance being condemned & taken of use.
#30
Caroline_1993
Rich069
Caroline_1993
Rich069
Caroline_1993
squiff
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
I've got house insurance
Contact your home insurance and see if it covers boiler repairs.
doubt it. You would have had to specify it when you took it out-and never even been asked if i wanted it. Never known it before on "standard cover".
You wont have been asked for it as it falls under "emergency home repairs"
please tell me your insurer and cost then, as its worth quite a bit.
Aviva, i pay less than £2 a week. Ive claimed on my isurance twice.


Thanks. However not free/or as standard then.
#31
Do you work and if so for who? The only reason is some large organisations have a benevolent fund ie post office, civil service etc. Its worth checking as if you have ever worked for one of the organisations you may be able to get the help you need.
#32
if the pressure drops then you need to find out why, did it work with the correct pressure, are any lights or codes flashing and have you tried resetting the boiler as many boilers once they detect a fault need resetting
#33
thearbiter65
Why not phone a few local plumbers and tell them of your situation? Maybe you can persuade them to come out and have a look for free, get a few quotes together and work something out with them. Failing that, credit card? Loads of interest free cards with money transfers available (virgin and Tesco)
I know a few plumbers, they charge min £65 p/hr. There's no chance you could persuade them to come out for free.
#34
Rich069
Caroline_1993
Rich069
Caroline_1993
Rich069
Caroline_1993
squiff
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
I've got house insurance
Contact your home insurance and see if it covers boiler repairs.
doubt it. You would have had to specify it when you took it out-and never even been asked if i wanted it. Never known it before on "standard cover".
You wont have been asked for it as it falls under "emergency home repairs"
please tell me your insurer and cost then, as its worth quite a bit.
Aviva, i pay less than £2 a week. Ive claimed on my isurance twice.
Thanks. However not free/or as standard then.
Ive already told you boiler cover comes with my insurance cover as standard. You know nothing about my policy so stop pretending you do.
#35
Caroline_1993
Rich069
Caroline_1993
squiff
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
I've got house insurance
Contact your home insurance and see if it covers boiler repairs.
doubt it. You would have had to specify it when you took it out-and never even been asked if i wanted it. Never known it before on "standard cover".
You wont have been asked for it as it falls under "emergency home repairs"

A leaking flat roof is classed as home maintenance for example not covered under "emergency home repairs" unless caused by a storm etc.

Edited By: landros1 on Nov 27, 2016 15:35
#36
landros1
Caroline_1993
Rich069
Caroline_1993
squiff
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
I've got house insurance
Contact your home insurance and see if it covers boiler repairs.
doubt it. You would have had to specify it when you took it out-and never even been asked if i wanted it. Never known it before on "standard cover".
You wont have been asked for it as it falls under "emergency home repairs"
A leaking flat roof is classed as home maintenance for example not covered under "emergency home repairs".
A leaking flat roof is totally different to a boiler repair.
If you lose your house keys and need a lock smith this will fall under "emergency home repairs"
#37
Im generally interested in including boiler cover on my policy, as it is a bonus. However ive looked it up on Aviva, and unless you have a special deal, (which you may-apologies) then what you say isnt what they quote-and there is excess's involved-min £95.
#38
eset12345
of course you can find a plumber, it may not be cheap but there's plenty of national 24/7 services out there.

christ, even phone British gas and they will get someone to you for a price.


and the price will be "very" high!! Quoted me more than double (compared to an independant gas wise boiler fitter) for fitted combi.
#39
Rich069
Caroline_1993
Rich069
Caroline_1993
Rich069
Caroline_1993
squiff
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
I've got house insurance
Contact your home insurance and see if it covers boiler repairs.
doubt it. You would have had to specify it when you took it out-and never even been asked if i wanted it. Never known it before on "standard cover".
You wont have been asked for it as it falls under "emergency home repairs"
please tell me your insurer and cost then, as its worth quite a bit.
Aviva, i pay less than £2 a week. Ive claimed on my isurance twice.
Thanks. However not free/or as standard then.
Caroline_1993 is right, but it depends on how old the boiler is tho.
#40
RiverDragon8

Rich069
Caroline_1993
Rich069
Caroline_1993
Rich069
Caroline_1993
squiff
Caroline_1993
This is why you should have house insurance.
I've got house insurance
Contact your home insurance and see if it covers boiler repairs.
doubt it. You would have had to specify it when you took it out-and never even been asked if i wanted it. Never known it before on "standard cover".
You wont have been asked for it as it falls under "emergency home repairs"
please tell me your insurer and cost then, as its worth quite a bit.
Aviva, i pay less than £2 a week. Ive claimed on my isurance twice.
Thanks. However not free/or as standard then.
Caroline_1993 is right, but it depends on how old the boiler is tho.


she already said it cost her more-so not standard.

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