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Storage Heater Upgrade

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by Tez1982, 22 Jan 2019.

  1. Tez1982

    Tez1982

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    I've just got my house back from the estate agents after years of them renting it out, and I'm now renting it directly.

    Short version
    House only has an electric connection (no gas option at all)
    Currently has 2 30+ year old storage heaters
    3rd heater is missing!! (Don't ask)

    I asked my electrician to have a look as I had a chance to get 4 Dimplex Quantums quite cheap. He said he's really going to struggle to install them as they require 2 connections. 1 on the economy 7 (no problem that wiring is already in place), and 1 with a constant live feed.

    So I need a new live feed put in by each storage heater, which apparently can't be a spur from the existing ring main, is that right?

    So my questions.
    1. Any suggestion on how to upgrade the heaters, ie. how do I get a new constant live connection next to each storage heater?

    2. My tenants are a young, low income couple with a child. Do they qualify under the Affordable Warmth scheme and would this cover the potential re-wire and consumer unit upgrade as well?

    3. Any other clever ideas on how to upgrade the heating in the house without spending an absolute fortune?

    Thanks!!
     
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  3. sparkwright

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    I have no issue with the constant live supply being fed from the ring circuit.

    I suspect the manufacturers instructions tell you not to do this.

    But the constant feed is just for a 'back up' heater which should be under 3kW, and the clock.
     
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    On some isn’t the 24h supply for a fan?
     
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