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I'm in London and my old immersion heater runs

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Hi I'm in London and my old immersion heater for water runs off an old vennerette time switch. This seems to go off every couple of weeks or so; I have no idea how to set this thing right now or switch it back on... So no hot water for now.
I can see an on/off knob which I've tried, a 24 hr dial and a gear wheel with days of the week.
Any ideas?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Andrew Smith replied 3 years ago.
***** ***** : Best to replace it for something digital
***** ***** : To short term use, you can cut the wire and put a plug on the end of the immersion heater wire
***** ***** : It will be hard to prove it is working at all without a meter
JACUSTOMER-v0ryyu5g- : Well yes the landlord is on that. I mean in the short term how does it switch on?
***** ***** : You will have to do it manually but at least you will have hot water
***** ***** : If the unit is not working then you cannot with the current set up, thisis why I suggested a plug
***** ***** : If you cut the wire to the immersion heater near the controller and put a plug on it then you will get hot water when plugged in