5 October, 2013

Boiler Installation

Yesterday our new boiler installation was completed (this is a whole other story.). Last night we sprung a pin hole leak in one of the radiators and in a bit of a panic ran downstairs and just switched the boiler and water off. Now we've isolated the radiator but can't get the boiler back on. Being new to combi boiler systems and not even getting a run down on what to do if this sort of thing happens by our installer we are now without heat and hot water again. THe pressure thing says 0 so I'm thinking we need to re fill it but how and where from I have no idea. Any help would be appreciated as we are now waiting for a different plumber but he is very busy. After looking around, I learned — Okay, this one is basically very easy,you need to go to the place were either your gasboiler or the storage tank is located and see if there's a silver flexible pipe ( like a garden hose but it looks as if it made out of wire mesh) which is connected to two pipes and should have a valve with a lever on one end. Now : Do this carefull,switch on your boiler, which will show xero pressure and refuse to ignite, open the valve at one end of the silver pipe(on the other end is a about 2 inch long silver piece which is a one way inlet valve, do not touch this) watch the display on your boiler and shut off the valve if the pressure reached 0. 85 to0. 90 psi which is the normal setting for most of the boiler systems. At this point your boiler should ignite, and you may hear any burbling sounds as if air is going through the system, this is the system purging itself from airbubbles in the pipe and re-presurrizing itself. Pending on your boilersystem(you have not given the brandname of the boiler) you now may have to topp up the pressure again a little bit to bring the pressure up again. 98% of all modern boilers operate on a starting pressure of just under 1 psi. So do not exceed this. Sometimes the silver flexible pipe is not connected, in which case it is either on the ground in the waterstorage tank cabinet or wound around a pipe, in this case you'll need an adjustable spanner , locate to pipes which are going straight up-down and have a short pipe sticking out the side with a brass cap on the end, one will have a valve (either a red or black-greyish handle on it) the other one the 2 inch long one way valve, use the spanner, undo the two brass caps, connect the silver flexible pipe tightly and proceed as above described. I'mportant: Do not overpressurize your boiler (very expensive mistake) and remember to shut of the red/black valve after you have refilled the water in your boiler. I would also recomend that you may wish to employ a different plumber than the one that installed your system to repair your rad and to check the system, and bill your original installer for it, a plumber who installs a system and fails to pressure test it is a cowboy who has no right to work in this business. I hope this helps.

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  1. Daytona September 30, 2013 at 12:31 am #
    Call the companythey should have a help desk
  2. Harpy Jackson September 30, 2013 at 6:33 am #
    Where the water feeds intom the boiler there should ba a feedervalve named a reducing valve. Be sure that both valves on each side ot this device is open. Youn should run about 12 lbs pressure
  3. Wizard Baghwan September 30, 2013 at 7:43 am #
    If its wrong the plumber should put it right, it's not some thing you should mess around with your self, as this could be very dangerous. A pin hole leak in the radiator? Are you sure its not just a bleeding valve left open, on the radiator, if so just tighten it up a little.
  4. A. Nesmith September 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm #
    There is a pressure sensing switch which will keep the boiler off if pressure falls below 0. 5 bar. You need to pressurise the system to 1bar. Underneath the boiler you should see a braided loop with a little valve on the loop. This loop connects the mains water to your boiler CH system. Switch boiler off, open the valve and watch the gauge until it reaches 1bar and close the loop valve. Every time you bleed air from the system you need to charge it in this way. Now switch boiler on to DHW and check hot water. When air is purged try CH. You will have to go around bleeding rads. When you have a plumber there get him to put the rust inhibitor back which will have been diluted. Good Luck
  5. Rachel Raneesh September 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm #
    Under the boiler there should be a filling loop this is usualy a removable flexible pipe. You should be able to see where the pipe connects connect the pipe and open the valves watch the pressure guage and fill to one and a half bar. Bleed the rads and check the guage and put more pressure in if needed. Good luck.