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My flat has all electric panel heating and uses a Dimplex PW4 programmer that has died. It's also discontinued, i can see why as you need to be a rocket scientist to set it anyway.

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As this is just a switched live switch am i right in assuming it could simply be replaced with any other range of programmer such as Nest, hive etc even though it's for electric panel heating and not gas?

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I'd also forgot to mention that there's only one pilot wire in contact 1 and nothing in 2 3 or 4 so doesn't look like it's zoned off.
 

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I've seen 3 of these now, all in Barratt flats installed about 2005. Every single one has failed in the same way, with a bulging component on the board - so they clearly weren't well designed in the first place.

Shameful that they don't offer a suitable replacement now though and try to upsell you to their latest expensive system.

I just disconnected them as they didn't seem to offer much benefit, even if you could work them out. From the little research I did, there is just a single live pilot wire from it to all the heaters and the storage heaters had a 4 core input so that the thermostat can override the convection controls.

The 2 recent ones I've seen even had them wired as far as the bathroom heaters so that you could turn those on too (Not actually connected) which mean 3 switches for every storage heater and 2 for non-storage - no surprise that the tenants never worked out how to use them.

In the refurb I did I replaced the radiators with Q-Rad models which are no longer storage, but probably more suitable for tenants who are out at work most of the day.
 
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I've seen 3 of these now, all in Barratt flats installed about 2005. Every single one has failed in the same way, with a bulging component on the board - so they clearly weren't well designed in the first place.

Shameful that they don't offer a suitable replacement now though and try to upsell you to their latest expensive system.

I just disconnected them as they didn't seem to offer much benefit, even if you could work them out. From the little research I did, there is just a single live pilot wire from it to all the heaters and the storage heaters had a 4 core input so that the thermostat can override the convection controls.

The 2 recent ones I've seen even had them wired as far as the bathroom heaters so that you could turn those on too (Not actually connected) which mean 3 switches for every storage heater and 2 for non-storage - no surprise that the tenants never worked out how to use them.

In the refurb I did I replaced the radiators with Q-Rad models which are no longer storage, but probably more suitable for tenants who are out at work most of the day.
Ah that makes sense. Yeah I'd basically just left it on continuous as i couldn't work it out.
These are the radiators in the flat. Can't get any to work without replacing this programmer which is annoying as I'd never used the programmer anyway.

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So as this zoned pilot wire just seems to be a switched live when the programmer calls for heat I'm guessing most standard programmers should work without the need for another pointless zoned programmer?
 

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Looks like a slightly different setup - maybe they've been replaced at some point? Is the first heater in the lounge or a bedroom?

The ones I've seen had the pilot wire running to the storage heaters (off peak and on peak supply plus a switch for the programmer feed) and bedroom heaters (on peak supply plus switch for programmer feed).

So they could be used in manual mode regardless of the programmer working or not. The feed to the heaters was 4 core with a live from the heating circuit and a live from the progammer, so perhaps someone has replaced them in your case and wired to the programmer feed, rather than the switched on peak feed .

The programmer had a normal back box behind it in my cases, so you could just replace it with a fused spur and just use as a switch - or I guess any programmer should work, though it might depend on what load it is actually switching.

I've just inspected two identical flats in the same block with them - One of them had the feed for the programmer on it's own circuit, the other was fed from the bedroom heater circuit - so make of that what you will.

Might be worth getting someone to work out the wiring as there may be a better solution to avoid using the programmer completely and keep each room separate.
 
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Looks like a slightly different setup - maybe they've been replaced at some point? Is the first heater in the lounge or a bedroom?

The ones I've seen had the pilot wire running to the storage heaters (off peak and on peak supply plus a switch for the programmer feed) and bedroom heaters (on peak supply plus switch for programmer feed).

So they could be used in manual mode regardless of the programmer working or not. The feed to the heaters was 4 core with a live from the heating circuit and a live from the progammer, so perhaps someone has replaced them in your case and wired to the programmer feed, rather than the switched on peak feed .

The programmer had a normal back box behind it in my cases, so you could just replace it with a fused spur and just use as a switch - or I guess any programmer should work, though it might depend on what load it is actually switching.

I've just inspected two identical flats in the same block with them - One of them had the feed for the programmer on it's own circuit, the other was fed from the bedroom heater circuit - so make of that what you will.

Might be worth getting someone to work out the wiring as there may be a better solution to avoid using the programmer completely and keep each room separate.
Yeah it's a strange one. Dimplex were helpful. They now say you can't replace the programmer as I'd now need to replace every electric heater to all have their own thermostat and programmer for each one.
 

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Are these controllers switched live to the outputs? IIRC they are switched neutral, but my memory could be failing.
 

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Yeah it's a strange one. Dimplex were helpful. They now say you can't replace the programmer as I'd now need to replace every electric heater to all have their own thermostat and programmer for each one.
Yes, and even the simplest wall heaters are expensive, at least partly because of the Lot20 requirements.

Just replaced the storage heaters in one of the flats with Dimplex QRad radiators, which cost (though a lot less than replacement storage heaters), but do have their own thermostat/programmer and look quite nice.
 

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Are these controllers switched live to the outputs? IIRC they are switched neutral, but my memory could be failing.
The one's I've seen have switched live pilot wire, through a 10A switch, and utilised the local on peak neutral for each heater, but there may be different ones.

This is a pic from the first one I encountered earlier in the year, which was only 2 zone

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