HVAC Questions? Ask an HVAC Expert for Answers ASAP
You're right to ask with an appliance that old, as there may no be any working safety features. A couple of questions, if I may?1. What were the indications of it overheating?2. Did it shutdown itself, or did you have to do it?3. What kind of flue does it use?
Does the flue go straight out through a wall, or does it use a chimney?
Since it uses a chimney, my concern would be the risk of any overheated fuel vapour and/or exhaust gases leading to a chimney fire. For that reason it would be prudent not to light the boiler until it's inspected and, if necessary, repaired.To find a qualified engineer who can visit, this web site is a good starting point.
Whereabouts in the UK are you?
You could call Trianco on 0114 257 2300, since they still make solid fuel boilers and might be able to provide a qualified engineer.
You could also call this company. They deal mainly Aga and Rayburn, but might have someone who can work on your Trianco appliance.
Gas will certainly heat the house, but it sounds like the installation might be expensive.You might consider greener alternatives, such an electric flow boiler. They're quicker to install, need no flue, and more reliable. And in years to come as the UK veers towards net zero carbon emissions, you won't be affected by gas price hikes.
An electric flow boiler (or a set of them) doesn't require different pipework or different radiators, so what you've read elsewhere sounds very odd. It (or they) would need a dedicated electrical supply, but apart from that the installation work is less than for a gas boiler. And you mentioned a gas installation, from which I inferred that the house does not have gas at the moment.Gas might be cheaper than electricity at the moment, per unit of energy, but that's not likely to be the case for much longer.I'm not trying to persuade you to go electric, but I do want you to have the information that supports an objective decision.