We first got reports from residents that their heating and hot water was going down on Thursday 23rd October. The problem was that the fan to one of the two boilers had stopped working. The fan is needed to take away carbon monoxide, so when the fan stops working the boiler shuts off. (Our repair manager will get a photograph on to our website so you can see what I’m talking about). The fan is being worked on at the moment and our contractor’s hope that the fan will be returned to Meakin and re-connected this afternoon.
Whilst this is being sorted out we hoped that the other boiler would keep generating heat and hot water. This has been extremely temperamental. As seems to have happened last night the boiler was reset, but closed down again again before residents got heating and hot water. We want to get the heating back on this morning. Our contractor has diagnosed an electrical problem, which is being worked on at the moment. I’m told that there is good chance of success.
Unfortunately the whole system will need to be closed down again when the fan is returned to Meakin to allow it to be re-installed. This will take about an hour, but the system will take time to warm up again.
In short, we hope that residents will have a reliable supply of heating and hot water by 10pm tonight.
Separately to this incident, in the summertime we asked our heating consultant to do a detailed evaluation of the Meakin heating system. They told that they could not guarantee that the system will last for anotherfive years. They have told us the whole system- boilers, underground mains, supply pipes and radiators need to be replaced. This is obviously hugely expensive (£1.5m) and complex. The work will need to be done in the summer time. So we are starting planning now for the system to be replaced between April and October 2016. Obviously, we need to do what is necessary to keep the system working in the meantime.