5 Common Worcester Boiler Problems
At Boiler Installation Nottingham, we love guides! No one likes the thought of waking up to no hot water or heating. But, it can happen even when you have the best boiler. Arming yourself with knowledge on some of the things that could go wrong with your boiler is critical. With the right tips and information, you can avert unnecessary inconvenience and even prevent more damage to the boiler.
If you have a Worcester boiler, these are the top five problems to expect and the possible fixes.
Blocked Condensate Pipe
Worcester Bosch mainly has condensing boilers. That means the boiler will come with a condensate pipe that helps to get rid of harmful gases.
Because the condensate pipe is often outdoors, it has a high risk of blocking. The blockage could be a result of debris or freezing. Once the pipe is blocked, an EA229 fault code appears on the display panel.
The fix is, if the weather is not chilly, you need to check the pipe for obstructions. If there are any, removing them will restore normal boiler functions.
During winter, the cold weather can cause freezing inside the pipe. You have to thaw out the pipe by pouring hot water on it. This will clear the fault code. You can then restart the boiler normally.
No Hot Water
There are several reasons you don’t have hot water. Before you can determine which one of them is affecting your boiler, you need to know if there are any other problems. Check if there’s heating, which taps don’t have hot water and if the cold water is working fine.
No heating and no hot water means the boiler is lacking power. Check the control panel for signs of power. If the lights are off and the control panel is blank, you need to check the connection, the boiler plug and the socket.
If heating is working, the diverter valve could be having problems. If it’s only the shower with the problem, check the mixing valve in the showerhead or the anti-scalding device and make sure both are in the correct settings.
Is your boiler leaking? check out our blog on How to bleed a heating system.
Boiler leaks can cause low pressure, boiler lockout and if not repaired immediately, they can cause significant and costly damage to the boiler.
Boiler leaks often point to two problems. It could be a loose pump fitting or a worn-out seal. Seals degrade over time and the pump will get loose because of the vibrations in the boiler. For a loose pump, tightening it can stop the leak. If the seal is faulty, you will need to replace the seal.
If the boiler is old, it makes more sense to replace the entire pump, especially because the price difference isn’t much.
Low Boiler Pressure
The boiler will lose pressure over time. The pressure loss is gradual. If this is the case, find the external filling loop and top up the boiler.
If the loss in pressure is spontaneous, the boiler has a leak. You need to have the leak fixed before you can attempt to refill the boiler and restart it.
The banging noises are often scary and concerning. An airlock in the central heating pump or kittling of the heat exchanger can cause loud noises.
Regardless of the cause behind the banging noises, you need a professional to come and look at the boiler. The bleed screw can help to remove the airlock. If the heat exchanger is at fault, it needs to be replaced.
When your Worcester boiler is facing any of these challenges, making the right decision can save you money, save the boiler more damage and ensure the boiler is back on its feet in the shortest time possible.
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