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Kabola heating system 15 Mar 2019 14:31 #104390

Martin Nunan wrote: Thanks Bob, not with our new swanky pellet stove fitted, we are a little too warm at times


Really pleased to know that, Martin. I hope the screwdriver does the trick. I have had to resort to the same on La Chouette some years ago and also ended up replacing the pump. That's not so difficult a job, always assuming there are valves either side of it, as Paul has said.

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Kabola heating system 15 Mar 2019 14:07 #104389

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Thanks Bob, not with our new swanky pellet stove fitted, we are a little too warm at times

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Kabola heating system 15 Mar 2019 14:06 #104388

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Thank you all for your excellent replies. Did not think of going to the Knowledge Base but will know that for the future.

off to the engine room with a screwdriver now!

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Kabola heating system 15 Mar 2019 13:55 #104386

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Hi Martin
First, you do not need a Kabola specialist, any local heating engineer who works on oil fired systems will be able to help.
You can find one by simply asking locals, especially if you see an oil tank in their garden.
Secondly, going on from the excellent post by Charles, the pump is "water cooled", that is why water will dribble out, nothing to worry about, then you can put a very small screwdriver though the hole that the silver plug goes in, IF tou feel the shaft revolving, then it's another problem, if it is stationary you can put the screwdriver in the slot in the end of the shaft (it's not a good fit, and give it a sharp twist clockwise. These pumps often "Go Lazy" when standing a long time.
If the shaft is rotating, a couple of things are probable,
1) you have an air lock somewhere at a high point in the system, bleeding this should cure the fault.
2) The shaft may have sheared at the impeller, then you need a new pump.
The older Kabola used a 24 volt pump that you could only get from them, I believe that some systems now use a 220 - 240 volt pump like this.
www.screwfix.eu/wilo-ssrs2501-replacement-central-heating-pump-230v.html
If it is a pump change that is required.
There should be a valve at each side of the pump, close these slacken the unions, disconnect the cables, and then remove, replace using new sealing washers, and hay presto the problem will be solved.
Another problem if you have Thermostatic Radiator Valves, the "Pin" in them often seizes when not used, but the pipes will still get hot while the rads stay cold, if that's the case, let me know and I'll explain how to deal with that problem.
Hope this helps
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Kabola heating system 15 Mar 2019 13:29 #104385

Martin Nunan wrote: hi all,

having problems with my Kabula heating system, Kabula boiler itself seems to be working fine, fires up etc but whilst it itself gets hot, no heat either to the central heating nor water. Does anybody know an engineer that can help me and call out to the barge. Barge is moored in Kortrijk (Courtrai) Flanders


Martin,

While looking up the following details, others have made some excellent suggestions. However, I will pursue my original intention:

Firstly, do a Forum Search for, say, "Kabola engineer". That will bring you 69 posts where you will find useful information for your quest. The one I will post here duplicates what Pete has already posted but I do it simply to demonstrate how we all can find for ourselves the information which is in the magnificent compendium of the DBA Forum. Pete's post of 22 Oct 2016:

Pete_Milne
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The Suppliers Directory has several heating engineers in your area. Last year I used Olivier van Huele for my Kabols B17 and will be using him again this winter.

Hint: In the directory, click 'Search' then 'Extended Search', select 'Heating' and 'Belgium'.

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Further, when you follow the suggestion of visiting the Suppliers directory and doing an extended search for 'Heating' in 'Belgium' you get the following:

HomeKnowledgeBaseSuppliers DirectorySearch Result
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Found 4 result(s)!
Belgium Francois Chandlery Belgium, Antwerp.
Belgium Sanelek (Kabola and other heating services) Belgium, Eernegem
Belgium Van Huele Belgium, Oostende
Belgium Dezuttere Belgium, Evergem


I hope you get it fixed soon...you and Sally must be shivering.

Bob
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Kabola heating system 15 Mar 2019 13:01 #104384

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Martin,
The DBA Suppliers Directory has two recommended Heating Engineers not far from you in Belgium. Click on Extended Search, select Heating and Belgium to find their details.

Like others, I suspect the pump. It's happened to me, too.

Pete
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Kabola heating system 15 Mar 2019 12:56 #104382

Sounds like the circulating pump. See if you can feel slight vibrations when boiler going. If 240v pump take off big silver screw on face...put screwdriver into hole which will be dribbling and spin the rotor. C
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Kabola heating system 15 Mar 2019 12:55 #104381

Martin,

Is the hot water circulation pump running? Should be by the boiler and if running the vibration can be felt.
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Kabola heating system 15 Mar 2019 12:49 #104380

Hi Martin
In case you are still at a loss, I know a UK based Kabola specialist who may be able to walk you through the issue by telephone. His name is Pete Jess and his mobile is UK 07815-576532. Who knows, if he's having a good day he may be disposed to help!

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Kabola heating system 15 Mar 2019 12:30 #104378

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hi all,

having problems with my Kabula heating system, Kabula boiler itself seems to be working fine, fires up etc but whilst it itself gets hot, no heat either to the central heating nor water. Does anybody know an engineer that can help me and call out to the barge. Barge is moored in Kortrijk (Courtrai) Flanders

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