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I have just had a new Worcester-Bosch 24i system boiler installed in
the loft to replace a 30-year-old non-condensing boiler in the
kitchen. Tests show it is "undergassed". The installer says it may
be a problem with the gas meter governor, in which case they say
Transco would have to fix it. However the 22mm pipe required by the
boiler is connected to a 15mm pipe from the gas meter. Should the
installer fit a larger pipe to the gas meter instead of blaming the
governor and shifting the problem to Transco? Any advice most
welcome.

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I have just had a new Worcester-Bosch 24i system boiler installed in
the loft to replace a 30-year-old non-condensing boiler in the
kitchen. Tests show it is "undergassed". The installer says it may
be a problem with the gas meter governor, in which case they say
Transco would have to fix it. However the 22mm pipe required by the
boiler is connected to a 15mm pipe from the gas meter. Should the
installer fit a larger pipe to the gas meter instead of blaming the
governor and shifting the problem to Transco? Any advice most
welcome.


I'm about to have a similar change with a 30CDi - into the loft. Pipe sizes
cannot be readily checked so I may have the same problems and will need an
external 22mm up to the loft.

Worcester will give good advice if you know the pressure at the boiler. I
had this:

"The recommended working gas pressure at the appliance is 18.0mbar however
the boiler will function correctly when set as low as 16.5mbar. In most
cases when testing the working gas pressure with other devices in the
property this 22mm pipe diameter is necessary. Should your installer be able
to achieve at least 16.5mbar on 15mm pipe-work then the manufacturers
warranty should remain unaffected. "


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On 25/06/2010 22:16, ernie mendoza wrote:

I have just had a new Worcester-Bosch 24i system boiler installed in
the loft to replace a 30-year-old non-condensing boiler in the
kitchen. Tests show it is "undergassed". The installer says it may
be a problem with the gas meter governor, in which case they say
Transco would have to fix it. However the 22mm pipe required by the
boiler is connected to a 15mm pipe from the gas meter. Should the
installer fit a larger pipe to the gas meter instead of blaming the
governor and shifting the problem to Transco? Any advice most
welcome.



Easy enough to check. Just work out if the pipework you have is adequate
for the required flow rate.

Look in your boiler manual[1] for the maximum gas flow rate required by
the boiler in cubic metres per hour. Then use the pressure drop tables
shown he

http://www.copperinfo.co.uk/plumbing...downloads/pub-
124-copper-for-domestic-gas-installations.pdf

To see if your pipework is adequate can deliver the required flow.


[1] Available here if you have not got it:

http://www.worcester-bosch.co.uk/ins...greenstar-24i-
system


In addition, if the installer is suggesting that the meter regulator is
faulty then invite him to measure the pressure at the meter outlet test
point with the o/p present and show that it is out of spec (20mbar
+/-1mbar) with the boiler running flat out. O/P may need to watch out
for smoke & mirrors at this point to avoid being duped by a dodgy
measurement technique.

Finger in the air suggests it should be 22mm to within 20cm of the
boiler but nothing beats the full design process above.

Good info here http://www.makewrite.demon.co.uk/GasFitting.html under:
3 Working on Gas Pipework
a) What size pipes should be used for gas?
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On 25 June, 22:16, ernie mendoza wrote:
I have just had a new Worcester-Bosch 24i system boiler installed in
the loft to replace a 30-year-old non-condensing boiler in the
kitchen. *Tests show it is "undergassed". *The installer says it may
be a problem with the gas meter governor, in which case they say
Transco would have to fix it. *However the 22mm pipe required by the
boiler is connected to a 15mm pipe from the gas meter. *Should the
installer fit a larger pipe to the gas meter instead of blaming the
governor and shifting the problem to Transco? *Any advice most
welcome.


Instead of simply blaming the governeor he should fit his manometer to
the test nipple on the meter and measure the pressure at the meter
with the appliances running. Unles you live in a bugalow with the
meter close below the boiler I would say the pipe is likely to require
uprating.
Transco will probably tell you the same thing
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On Jun 25, 4:16*pm, ernie mendoza wrote:
I have just had a new Worcester-Bosch 24i system boiler installed in
the loft to replace a 30-year-old non-condensing boiler in the
kitchen. *Tests show it is "undergassed". *The installer says it may
be a problem with the gas meter governor, in which case they say
Transco would have to fix it. *However the 22mm pipe required by the
boiler is connected to a 15mm pipe from the gas meter. *Should the
installer fit a larger pipe to the gas meter instead of blaming the
governor and shifting the problem to Transco? *Any advice most
welcome.


What did the old boiler consume, the new unit is smaller and uses less
gas, right. Was a Manometer used to test flow


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On Jun 25, 10:16*pm, ernie mendoza wrote:
the 22mm pipe required by the boiler is
connected to a 15mm pipe from the gas meter.


If the installers has fitted 15mm pipe from the gas meter, they have
fitted too small a pipe. Which begs the question, is the person Gas
Safe or sub-contracted from one who is?



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