We have self installed under floor heating down stairs and kept our radiators upstairs. Last month we got our electrician in to connect the systems together, so the UFH system would trigger the boiler to turn on.
Unfortunately he discovered the UFH outputs a 230V signal but the combi boiler accepts a 12V signal. He managed to coble something together by kind of bypassing the boiler time clock (I'm even less sure of what exactly he did now than I was then) but it means the heating HAS to be on downstairs to have the radiators on upstairs. This is a pain and a waste so my dad wants to get him back in to disconnect the whole thing.
Is there any way to step down the trigger from one system to the other? Would a simple AC/DC power brick (like for laptops) work?
Hi, a simple relay with a 230v coil will do fine the contacts are then used to switch the 12v circuit, any competant electrician should be able to fit this. Most electrical wholesalers will stock one or if you have a Maplins store nearby: Part # N13AW plus base JG52G @ £4.09 + £1.69 respectively . other suppliers also such as CPC should stock similar,
In most cases the micro switch on the zone valve is used to control the boiler, as in an 'S' plan. The low voltage/no voltage supply from the boiler is switched that way when the UFH is calling for heat. HTH
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