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Old 17-09-2012, 07:57 AM
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Default Anti freeze in the central heating.

Is it easy to check and top up the antifreeze levels on the central heating system. we have recently relocated our van to a new site and the firm that they used to issue the gas certificate have advised that the antifreeze needs topping up and have said that they'll do it for 80 which isn't too high a price but i always believed that the antifreeze should be good for about 8-9 years without needing extra, I just don't want to line someone's pockets for no reason.
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Old 17-09-2012, 08:56 AM
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pgsl. Hello sorry I cant help with your query however,somone who can help will be along shortly good luck.
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Old 17-09-2012, 09:37 AM
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For what it costs, I'd get a plumber in. If it's not done properly your insurance might get difficult in the case of a claim.
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Old 17-09-2012, 09:49 AM
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For what it costs, I'd get a plumber in. If it's not done properly your insurance might get difficult in the case of a claim.
I will probally just get a plumber to top it up but before that i'd like to try and check to see if it needs topping up myself, I know i'm being a bit stingy but i'd sooner not payout for something if it doesn't need it, and plumbers don't have the best reputation for honesty.
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Old 17-09-2012, 09:58 AM
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I understand totally where you are coming from.

A good plumber will have a device to measures the antifreeze content.
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Old 17-09-2012, 11:24 AM
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You can buy an Anti-Freeze tester for around 5 to 7 and do it yourself.
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Old 17-09-2012, 11:32 AM
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I had mine tested last year just for peace of mind by a supposedly reputable company.The van was only 2 years old and the previous owner had also had it checked 12 months before me but couldn't find the paperwork,not that I didn't trust him I still had it checked.Cost me 20.00 for testing(they were on site checking 4 or 5 other vans)
and were in my van no more than 5 minutes.They also charged me 48.00 for adding
Fernox Alphi-11 anti freeze.So you make your own mind up as to whether you are being conned.
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Old 17-09-2012, 11:46 AM
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I had mine tested last year just for peace of mind by a supposedly reputable company.The van was only 2 years old and the previous owner had also had it checked 12 months before me but couldn't find the paperwork,not that I didn't trust him I still had it checked.Cost me 20.00 for testing(they were on site checking 4 or 5 other vans)
and were in my van no more than 5 minutes.They also charged me 48.00 for adding
Fernox Alphi-11 anti freeze.So you make your own mind up as to whether you are being conned.
How do you test it? do i just drain a little bit out of the bleed valve on the radiator or do you have to take it from the filling loop on the boiler itself.
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Old 18-09-2012, 11:41 AM
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You only need about half an egg cupful(enough to squeeze up into the tester)
You could get a drop on your fingertip and taste it.The taste will tell you if there is AF in the system but not the amount of dilution.
You cantake a sample from the radiator vent.
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Flixton Flyer. Does that still need to be done if the park drain down the van?
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