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Flue bent inwards - Fix or can it be replaced

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Otake, 5 Mar 2020.

  1. Otake

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    Hi,

    I have this bent inwards and I was told this can't be fixed and I would need to change not only this but the boiler itself as this is now obsolete.

    I have not tried but from the picture it looks like it can be bent back with a simple lever or rigid bar.

    Could I have your thoughts please?
     

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  3. muggles

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    It is indeed obsolete, so can't be replaced. Whether it can or should be bent back depends on what damage there is behind that front panel, and of course if bending it back into shape breaks it you'll need a new boiler anyway
     
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    And just to add that the boiler may now be unsafe since it will likely have a restricted flue on the combustion side..needs checking asap.
     
  5. Otake

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    Could you explain why would I need to change the boiler? Are these not different part/components of the heating system?
     
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    The flue is supplied along with the boiler...and that type of flue (apart from a few water heaters) has not been sold for decades.
    It's up to you to find someone that is prepared to remove the flue, knock out the dents, get it spot welded etc and potentially waste a days labour and your cash.
    New boiler time...
     
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    Surprised the boiler is working with the flue like that, new boiler time
     
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    I wanna know how it got like that FFS! :LOL:
     
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    Quite simple to remove the self tapping screws (there may be 4, I can see only one on the pic)) and panel beat back into shape. While it's off, the rest of the flue section can be inspected for damage and refitted if all OK. BUT...this must be done by a gas safe qualified person, who will also check the boiler for safe operation.
     
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    As per 45 not that hard to fix back into a reasonable shape. Baxi boiler
     
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    Thanks all for the comments. We tried bending it back and apparently it is no longer extracting the fume (I was told that part is actually doing that) so I am changing boiler. It is a full boiler conversion, they will also get the cylinder out and do the necessary pipe work. I got it down to £1950 for Vaillant ecoTEC Pro 28 Combi with all the other parts; magnetic filter, inhibitor, wireless control, cleaning etc.. Do you think this is a good price? One guy quoted me for £2580.
     
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    It's a cheap price for a fairly average boiler. Whether it's a good price rather depends on the quality of the installation. Remember cheapest is very rarely best, and a cheap low quality installation is going to end up with a boiler that isn't going to last very long.
     
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