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Can someone help, my central heating is switched off.so only hot water being used.my boiler sounds like it is over heating the hot water,but the temp when it comes out of the tap is about 55 oc.do you think the thermostat for the inital heating of the water is at fault.??

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Sounds like a bad coil,have a plumber look at the unit.

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