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  1. Luke1976

    Luke1976 New Member

    Hi All,
    I have recently moved into a 4 bed house (standard terraced Victorian property with a loft conversion in the Kingston area). There are two showers - one in the loft and one on the first floor and radiators in each room.

    There is a glow worm boiler in the kitchen (pic 6) which seems to have two valves fitted (pic 7) and an external thermostat (pic 8). There is also a button/panel which sometimes comes on (pic 8) - I am assuming this is an override switch or something.

    In the loft there is what looks like a megaflow (pic 4) as well as an immersion heater or something (pic 2) and a pump (pic 3) 2.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg 5.jpg 6.jpg 7.jpg 8.jpg .

    I don't understand why there are so many boilers and am wondering whether we can lose the setup in the loft as its bloody noisy and takes up a lot of room.

    I've attached pictures, but if someone can explain why we have so many bits of kit that would be really handy - three plumbers have come out, scratched their heads and gone away again. One plumber came back and said there's nothing that can be done as it will be to do with low water pressure?
     
  2. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR

    You have a hot water cylinder - stelflow
    A glow worm boiler with 2 zone valves
    And a booster for low water pressure -tws
     
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  3. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber

    There is no pic.8 and only one boiler. As to the rest of your Q`s I`ll leave that to others to walk you through what you have there.
    Imersion heaters are useful when the gas boiler doesn`t want to play.
     
  4. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    With two showers you’d be daft to do away with any of it. Looks a good choice set up
     
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  5. Luke1976

    Luke1976 New Member

    ok thanks scott_d and rpm - is it possible to shift the whole lot down to the kitchen somehow (ie getting a megaflow installed and swapping the mains shower in the loft for an electric shower)?
     
  6. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    An electric shower will be noticeably worse performance wise
     
  7. Luke1976

    Luke1976 New Member

    Thanks Riley
     
  8. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I would be more inclined to investigate sound proofing
     
  9. Luke1976

    Luke1976 New Member

    That's an option Riley - or we could move this setup elsewhere? Is there an option to stuff everything in the kitchen and just have a pump in the loft? Or is this just going to be bloody expensive..
     
  10. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    If you have the funds then you can do what ever you want but I wouldnt have thought moving that lot will be cheap. If you move the whole setup then performance at the showers will not suffer. Just FYI you cannot Put a pump on the set up you have
     
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  11. Luke1976

    Luke1976 New Member

    Ok no probs - so its not just a question of getting a bigger boiler to cope with two showers? Its just that our neighbours don't have a problem with low pressure so I'm wondering whether all this gear in the loft is just to feed the shower up there or whether it serves the whole house
     
  12. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    It will give you a balanced hot and cold performance at every outlet I would imagine.

    If you are talking the combi route they are not designed to run two showers at the same time and you would definitely not get as good a performance . The setup you currently have Will give you the best performance when running two or more outlets at that same time.
    I guess the only other thing you could do would be to run a new water main in possibly from the road all the way to where the hot water cylinder is then you could do away with the booster cylinder
     
  13. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I think your best option is to engage the services of an experienced heating engineer who can come round and give you Options
     
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  14. Luke1976

    Luke1976 New Member

    Ok thanks Riley - can I just pick your brains about Megaflow units? Would one of these negate the need for the setup in the loft?
     
  15. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    How do you mean?? Megaflow is a brand it’s another version of the RM Stelflow cylinder that you already have. Megaflow and RM are brands. A lot of builders call all unvented cylinders megaflow
     
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