So, for the second time this month, our heater’s conked out.

The little old guy from the heating company just left….he’s diagnosed the issue as the Gas Smartvalve going tits-up (rather than the blown fuse on the circuit board which it was the last time…although the two are most likely causally related).

Of course, they don’t make that part for our heater any more, and it will take him until Monday or Tuesday to get one.


Luckily, we’ve got a gas “fake fireplace”, which we’re currently running — its better than nothing. But I don’t relish the gas bill from using it as the sole heating unit for the next 4 days.