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More heating problems

We've just returned from a week away in a warmer climate.  Arriving home late yesterday afternoon we switched the heater on, but after several hours it couldn't lift the temperature inside above 16C.

We tried again today, thinking that perhaps with the house being empty for a week and our friends telling us of low temperatures in that week, it would take a while to warm the house.

However, by late afternoon, the house was only back to 16C.  I also noticed that our downstairs toilet, which has a ceiling fan, was warmer than the bathroom where a heater outlet is located.

So I pulled out the ladder and lifted the manhole cover.  I was greeted by a rush of very hot air from within the roof.  From that, I knew straight away that there was a hole in the ducting.  It only took about two minutes to find that the ducting had come off one of the plastic intersection joins, where the ducting from the heater splits into two separate, smaller, ducts.  A few minutes with ducting tape to repair it and we had hot air back into the house.

The downstairs toilet was warm because hot air from the roof space had been flowing into the toilet via the hole for the ceiling fan.

Within an hour the house was at 21C inside.

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