I own a 3rd floor flat built in 2003. It has a gas central heating and hot water system. The system was classified as 'At Risk' in September and I've been trying in vain since then to work out what to do with it.
The boiler was marked as at risk due to it having some interior corrosion, the flue being incorrectly supported, and the engineer not being able to see the entire flue. The boiler is now obsolete and there aren't any spare parts available (or so I've been told), therefore it can't be repaired. I've also been told that I might need a new flue, which would require scaffolding to street level. He wouldn't even give me a quote for the work as he said he wouldn't be able to do it.
I've also been told that I can't have a new boiler installed as the gas supply pipe to the flat is only 15mm in diameter.
One of the engineers I've spoken to has recommended an electric combi heating system, however I'm wary of installing one of these as they are super expensive to run and, from experience, result in many cold showers. However, it's increasingly appearing that I have little choice. I think I'd rather sell the flat than have to live with one of these.
At present the boiler is switched off , and I switch it on for a hot shower in the morning but other than that it's not in use - ideally I'd like to have some sort of heating sorted before December when winter properly starts to bite.
Is there anything that I can do or am I completely stuffed?