Well apart from having solar water panels which are pretty pointless for most of the year, plenty of hot water in the summer, when hot water is not required very much and very little in the winter…. One morning a week or so ago we noticed that water was flowing out of the top of the solar water unit. This was cold water and Ashley had a vague idea that there was probably something like a ballcock regulating the water flowing into the system. So, after a quick hunt for the right business card we phoned a local company that installs, maintains and repairs solar water systems.
We were told someone would be around in half an hour, this turned out to be an hour, but this really was not a big issue. One of their staff lives across the road and it looked like they timed it to coincide with a tea break. After being assured there was not an immersion heater in the system, (necessitating a dictionary to ensure we were all talking about the same thing), they drained some water and examined the interior. Ashley was right, a broken ballcock, not so much broken, but half of it was missing. This was replaced and everything connected back up.
The work took about 20 minutes. The bill, 10 lira…. Less that £4.00.
In London. 75 quid call out, then labour, plus parts. £100 minimum, probably more like £150.00.