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Economy 7 Hot water cylinder timer

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by CrazeUK, 14 Jun 2019.

  1. CrazeUK

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    Hey Guys.
    I have economy 7 in my Flat - Which seems to work out very expensive (When i have 3 storage heaters on it is around £6 / £8 a day!).

    I have 3 Storage Heaters (Lounge, Hallway, Bedroom 1). There are also Panel Heaters in the Lounge, bedroom 2 and 3.

    The hot water comes from a cylinder with an attached Hortsmann Economy 7 Quartz Timer (See manual here)

    Over the past few months, i have noticed the timer seems to keep falling out of sync over the matter of days. This obviously means the Economy 7 primary heating comes on at times outside of the Night rate.

    I am looking at replacing this.

    Does anyone know of good quality alternatives? Preferably something with Daily timers (I work away a lot so would love to be able to set days I want it on or not). - Even better would be something I can control online.

    Also, is this something I could install my self? - I am not an electrician (i know my way around home electrics though).

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I have used Lightwave switches on immersions, as long as you have a reliable connection they work ok
     
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    I don't know what a lightware switch is, but I guess the advantage of the timeguard one is that it carries on doing sensible (cheap) times, unless it is told otherwise
     
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    The lightwave will switch at whatever times are programmed into the app, with manual override
     
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    I have just noticed a little complication.

    Most of these switches are rated 3kW.
    My tank has 2 x 3kW immersion heaters in it (1 at bottom, 1 in middle).

    The current hortsmann quartz (really old) runs both.
     
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    ...but only one at a time.
     
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    How do you think my current system works?
    I assume one is the normal heater, the other is boost only?

    Is the one on one off function built in?
     
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    You gave a link for your present timer manual - read it.

    Yes. Top is boost.

    Yes. You cannot have both on together.
     
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    Sorry. My bad. Because I know how to use it, and didn't plan on doing anything with it, I never read it.

    Read it now.

    I understand.
    :D
     
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    So you could get dual back box (2 singles together).

    Put your Wi-Fi switch in one side to drive bottom element.
    And a boost timer in the other side for top element.

    However having a Wi-Fi switch your bound not to move off the couch...
    Well you probably would
     
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