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Discuss Direct unvented element in the Plumbing Forum area at UKPlumbersForums.co.uk.

  1. Bogart

    Bogart Active Member

    In addition to the problem my daughter has with hot and cold flow rates varying wildly reported in a previous post now the bottom element has expired. Hence she is only heating about 1/3rd of tank at most and then on day rate electricity. Am I being Mr DIYer allowed to drain the tank and fit a replacement element. There will be no interference with any of the pressure valves.
     
  2. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Er , officially it is still an unvented cylinder no matter what you touch .
    However , are you sure the element has gone , is it tripping the RCD ?
     
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  3. WC1

    WC1 Active Member

    As above, need G3
     
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  4. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    G3 all the way
     
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  5. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    As it must be the correct element. An off the shelf one will not be in line with the manufacturers requirements
     
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  6. quality

    quality Plumber GSR

    You can do what you want but a professional would know what they are doing
     
  7. Chuck

    Chuck Well-Known Member

    No, he can't. This is his daughter's system, i.e. a third party owner/user. The work must be done by G3 qualified competent person.
     
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  8. Tim S

    Tim S Member

    Like Gas Safe, the G3 qualification is there for a reason. If your in any way sceptical just take a look online at the videos showing what can go wrong!!
     
  9. Bogart

    Bogart Active Member

    Yes definitely gone as open circuit.
     
  10. Bogart

    Bogart Active Member

    Can purchase correct element for around £40
     
  11. Bogart

    Bogart Active Member

    Have just seen one can do a G3 course with Gledhill for £90! Seems a bit of a bargain for someone without the G3 ticket.
     
  12. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I’m still saying it needs to be fitted by a G3 engineer so I’m out
     
  13. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    It’s ridiculous my college wouldn’t let you do the unvented ticket until you have the NVQ2
     
  14. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    But it’s another example of safety going out the window in place of profit
     
  15. Chuck

    Chuck Well-Known Member

    Relax, the Gledhill course has pre-requisites:

    "Candidates will need to have an NVQ or equivalent craft qualification, or be working towards one; or have significant experience in either conventional heating engineering or plumbing"

    I'm also pleased to see that a pass requires 100% in the assessments.
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2019
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