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Good morning, and welcome to the Technical section in JustAnswer, an independent paid question and answer platform that matches customers' questions to experts in various skills. My name is ***** ***** I'll be happy to help you today.There's a separate phone call service, for an extra fee, or we can carry out the dialogue on this topic. Whichever you prefer.What features do you need from your timer/programmer? And do you have a room thermostat?_____There's no time pressure on this topic - it will stay open to you for many days, and you can reply at any time. I will be away from my desk sometimes, but will respond as soon as I can.
I understand. Can you tell me the make and model of the controls that you have? Then I can tell you if there's a better system.
OK. I understand the boiler make and model. Could you attach photos of the timer, and the room thermostat, so I can see exactly what controls you have.
OK. You mentioned that you can set the heat. How do you do that?
OK. Until I see exactly what controls you are using, I can't suggest better ones. Please attach photos of all the controls you use to set the heat.
It's not unusual for an 'older' installation to have no room thermostat.I can see a way of you having better control, and of saving money on energy - that was is to have a wireless room thermostat. There are various ways to combine timing with a thermostat, with a big choice of products on the market. I can easily suggest what I think will be right for you.Do you foresee that you want a "Smart" thermostat, which allows you to control your heating over the Internet? It also means that you can program your heating schedule from a Smartphone App. Let let me know your preference.
OK that's good. So, of the following, which is your preference?1. Wired room thermostat - cheapest but you have to run cable.2. Wireless room thermostat - no cable.3. Smart thermostat - most expensive but much more flexibility.
OK. The one I firmly recommend is the Honeywell T6R. Do shop around for the best price, but here's an example:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Honeywell-Y6H910RW4022-Wireless-Thermostat-Silver/dp/B06XX9T52G
I inadvertently misled you slightly, in that a short length of cable will be needed between the boiler and the receiver unit, and a power connection. There are two ways of doing this: (a) 4-core cable from the boiler, using power from there, or (b) another 2-core cable to the boiler plus a second power cable to the thermostat. This is generally easy and quick. By "no cable" I mean no long cable going from the boiler to another room.
Whereabouts in the UK are you?
OK that's not far from me, if you're interested in arranging to do this. How urgent is the task?
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Okey dokey :-)