New Build Heating Problems

Heating problems are common in many new build homes. Read this on the Montgomerie Park Residents’ Association Site and find the results of their poll:

“Anyone on the Persimmon estate (or any of the others) have an issue with the heating of their property? I have been having a bit of a debate with builder over undersized radiators.

They have sent me some literature from company who carried out the U-value calculations for property size and construction which basically tell you the radiators installed offer the correct output.”

Being from a technical background I’m aware of the whole energy conservation issue and why heating installations cannot now be routinely over sized. In saying that, am I not entitled to expect a comfortable level of heat in my home without the boiler having to run for the best part of the day with roomstat turned right up? Even at that I feel the house isn’t as warm as it could be.

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sharon March 21, 2011 at 1:14 am

We purchased a Persimmon Home in 2005 – new build. No end of problems from water – every tap has leaked – and 3 radiators too. Had big problem with the ballcock too. We are on a water meter ball cock problem resulted in overflow of load of water – rather expensive!

Boiler and heating problems too – had a leak in 2010 – through the kitchen – claimed through our home insurance – later found out that leak due to a nail being nailed into the bath frame via the cold water pipe!

Heating – after the leak – the heating wouldn’t work – Service contract with British Gas – faulty system – got sludge in it. The plumber send for the leak problem by my insurance company said – faulty system – sludge in it. Guess what – Persimmon – as we have an ‘old’ house (only 5 year old) – not their problem……….

Boiler – digital clock has broken down three time in the last 18 months – currently have a service contract with Briish Gas – they have refused to replace it again without giving me a charge as the flue Persimmon installed is faulty – it’s pointing upwards, which in severe rain (I live in a rainy area) is making it short out. Seen now as a fire risk.

Cement – Why have I got missing cememnt in the birck work? I thought it was for ventilation?? Not sure if this is true as the fascias have ventilation too.


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