A day in the life of a gas engineer......

A day in the life of a gas engineer......

Classified.........

Dangerous stuffPosted by Sebastian Fri, July 16, 2010 21:29:27

ok, cant show pictures on this one, not allowed.......... anyway, lets just say i was in the uk, but not on british soil.......

So, the complaint is, gas valve not open to commercial kitchen, ........

On investigation the fan was showing on the panel as running, but no flow detected....... went to investigate.... and found a bathroom extractor and plastic vent pipe located in the commercial hood....... the old system having been disconnected. I investigated further and found that the flow sensor was still attatched to the old vent fan, but where was the fan... (this 'classified' building is about the size of an american city block by floorplan) i had a look and located a locked room, where i suspected it should be... but the door bore the omninous label 'CHUBB'..... fortunately the old safe room was actualy the new staff linen closet, so the key was found, and inside was a fully equiped and silenced vent extractor system, complete with silencers, filters etc, that had been running, with a blocked inlet, for 2 years, ........ as you might imagine the motor was pretty much on fire......

The time line seems to be

1) Kitchen installed

2) 4 years later the extractor performance is considered poor, contractor is called who disconnects the main extraction, (cost £20k when installed), and rigs up a bathroom extractor and a length of flexi ducting (price? £2000, plus vat!!)

3) 2 years later the fan running on a closed circuit, (like a cars wheels turning but not moving/ 'spinning') seizes enough to trip the no flow sensor.

incedentaly, the bathroom extractor had seized about 6 months after installation.....

AND its an internal underground room......

AND WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF ALL THIS?

NOT CHANGING THE VENT SYSTEM FILTERS - SUPPOSED TO BE DONE EVERY 3 MONTHS, AT A COST OF £4 EACH

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