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School hopes oil boiler holds out another year

2011-01-06 17:19:00

A school in the Sevenoaks area of Kent is hoping its oil boiler has some life left in it after being told they will not be able to get a new one unless it breaksdown.

The school is one of several in the region that is keen to obtain funding for major repair work. However, that funding is in short supply so they are all having to make do with older equipment. Alan Duffy, the head teacher of Sevenoaks Primary, explained, "Our antiquated oil boiler is expensive to run, but to replace it would cost £250,000. Kent County Council has to prioritise works so we won't get a new one until it breaks."

As a result of this news, the school hopes it can get more life out of the old boiler yet. Staff are also hoping that the boiler does not break unexpectedly, causing the school to have to shut while the new boiler is brought in.

The school would be advised to sign up to a boiler maintenance scheme, such as the one run by Team Energy, which employs OFTEC registered engineers to see to any boiler concerns. The annual check-up ensures boilers are healthy and can spot any problems that could otherwise lead to a pricey and rather unwelcome surprise.