Radiator is using more water than before

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  1. muggles

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    Yes you did, here are your exact words...

    People think it's a wind-up because you're making absolutely no sense, and not being consistent. You must be the only person in the world who checks their gas consumption by running a single radiator at once and watching the numbers go round, it's a bizarre thing to do and not how gas consumption is usually measured.
     
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    Fine. I posted this on another forum as well and didn't add that the 100 was just a random figure as this entire thing has become utterly tedious and I just want to sort it out. Sorry to disappoint, but there is no conspiracy here. I'd like to think I have better things to do than lie about a faulty radiator?

    I don't randomly check my gas consumption. When I'm in my bedroom, I only run that radiator, as there's zero point in running three other radiators in rooms I'm not going to be in for financial reasons and obviously, it's a massive waste of energy. I check the consumption at the start of the winter in case there is anything wrong, like this.

    It's kind of hilarious to me that other people just take it on good faith that their systems are always running perfectly but then most people do live like that, don't they? Consume whatever amount of gas, running their heating high enough they can walk around their house in their shorts and t shirts when it's -2° outside and dread their gas bill, not to mention destroying the planet in the process because of their own selfish sense of comfort.
     
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    you dont half talk some absolute bollooks
     
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    If you want to carry out a more realistic test take the gas meter reading ignoring the red numbers at a set time say 8am. Then run your radiators as you would normally for 24 hours. Take a further meter reading at 8am the following day.

    Now turn your radiators on in each room at whatever setting suits you to make the room comfortable. Turn them off at night then take a reading at 8am again and see which method has used more gas.

    You will need to take account of the outside temperatures, gas used for cooking or hot water to make a reasoned judgement.

    To try to answer your initial question you will generally use more energy heating the room up to temperature rather than just maintaining that temp. If you have rooms you don't use then turn the rads down low just to keep the chill off.

    TRV’s will give you greater control over individual room temps and hence better control of your energy useage.
     
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    Wolfie, let's humour you.
    I get it that you are conscious of your own gas consumption and your CO2 emissions.
    Let's review the facts:-

    1. Last year 0.2m3 of gas were used when that particular radiator was used for 20 minutes.
    2. Your landlord's 'mate' kindly serviced your boiler.
    3. Now 20 minutes use of the same radiator uses 0.28m3 of gas.

    My questions are:
    1. Did the kind mate adjust that radiator?
    2. Is the bedroom now warmer than last year, and did you measure that room temperature?
    3. Did the kindly man adjust the boiler flow temperature?
    4. What is the make and model of boiler?
    5. Is the kindly mate competant to work on gas appliances?
    6. What is the size of this radiator? Double or single?

    With a little luck you will see that there are many variables here, though it is clear that a hotter rad will give off more heat to the room, at the cost of running the boiler for longer, or having it modulate to a higher specific gas rate.
     
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    It's not good economy, nor an effective way to run a central heating system, to just have it heating one radiator. The whole point of central heating is to have one source of very efficient heat, which can warm the entire place up.

    Other people, including myself, are using the central heating properly. My entire home is heated 24/7 at a minimum temperature of 18C, higher when we are up and about - my total gas bill for a week, with temperatures close to zero this week was £11.62 and that includes lots of gas cooking. I can easily afford that.

    I am interested in my consumption and cost, so I log everything weekly and regularly do a compare.
     
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    Are the other radiators all small bathroom ones and the problem on absolutely massive? :)
     
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    So, I got fed up of Eon and called the guy that originally serviced the boiler. Can't remember if I mentioned it, but my landlord insists on using this lad to service the boiler because his wife is a friend but I think he's not competent and the problem all started right after he'd serviced the boiler in August.

    So he did a few things and checked stuff. Insisted there was nothing wrong and that I should get on with Eon. Took the meter reading today, just to see, and it's back at the normal, correct reading. So it was him all along, like I suspected.

    Glad that I don't need to have anything more to do with Eon and that I proved a bunch of people on here wrong that thought this was a wind up, and sadly don't seem to know what they're talking about. Thanks to anyone that does have a clue and made any helpful comments.
     
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    So what was the solution?
     
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    You are welcome (I think)
     
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    Have you ever owned a Vauxhall Vectra?.
     
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    No idea. He undid whatever he did when he serviced the boiler?
     
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    Why did not one tell TheBakerofWolfstreet that the gas supply needed a powerflush right away?

    I thought this was supposed to be a helpful forum :(
     
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