If you have a Worcester Bosch boiler installed in your home, it’s a good idea to make yourself aware of some of the common problems they experience. This will help you to be prepared should you experience any of these issues. Not all boiler breakdowns require an engineer call out, however, some do. It’s a good idea to become familiar with typical faults to save time and money.
Here at Bluewater, we understand the stress that can come with a boiler breakdown. The boiler is the heart of your home, responsible for creating a cosy environment. You also rely on your boiler to provide necessities such as hot water. Therefore being without this system can cause a major inconvenience to you and your family. We’ve put together a guide to help you educate yourself on some of the common Worcester Bosch boiler issues.
Top 12 Worcester Bosch Boiler Problems
Low Boiler Pressure
When cool, the pressure gauge on your Worcester Bosch boiler system should be between 1-1.5. This should be in the green section of your gauge. If your gauge does not present this reading, this means your pressure is too low. Water pressure that is too low can cause problems for your system and potentially cause damage. This damage could then lead to unnecessary boiler repairs or even a system replacement.
Boiler Leaking Water
A leaking boiler needs to be dealt with quickly. The longer a leak is left to continue, the more damage it can cause. Especially if this leads to any electrical parts being exposed to water. This is highly dangerous and can also lead to expensive repairs. We recommend calling out an engineer as soon as you notice your boiler is leaking.
Unusual Boiler Noises
Usually, boiler problems that create noises will be caused by kettling. This is a consequence of a drop in your systems water pressure, a faulty thermostat or limescale build-up. Again you should call an engineer out as soon as you notice unusual noises, to prevent further damage.
Boiler Has No Power
If your boiler has no power at all, it is usually caused by a faulty electronic control board or a tripped spur socket. Boiler power issues are complicated to solve. In the case of a control board issue, it’s usually best to opt for a new boiler installation.
Blocked Condensate Pipe
Worcester Bosch boilers feature a condensing pipe. This pipe is used to vent harmful gases from your system away from your home. During the colder months of the year, this pipe can freeze and cause a blockage. This can usually be solved by simply pouring warm water onto the area of the pipe which is blocked. However, you need to ensure that the water is not too hot as this can cause the pipe to burst.
Blocked pipes can also cause your system to overheat. Overheating can also be caused by a faulty fan or limescale on the heat exchanger. You will need to call out an experienced engineer to identify the cause and solve this problem safely.
Radiators Not Heating Up
If your radiator is not becoming warm all over, this is usually caused by trapped air or a blockage in your radiator. This can be solved by bleeding your radiators. This can be done without an engineer. However, in some worst-case scenarios, your system will require a power flush to solve this problem.
No Hot Water
No hot water is a common Worcester Bosch boiler issue that can be caused by a number of different issues. This could be anything from a faulty diverter or Y/S-plan valve or issues with the PCB unit or heating pump.
Boiler Turns Itself Off
If there is a closed valve causing water flow issues, your thermostat is faulty or your water pressure is low, this can cause your boiler to repeatedly turn itself off. Booking a boiler service with a Gas Safe Registered engineer should help you identify and rectify this problem.
If your boiler is presenting an error with 227 codes, this means this unit has locked out as a safety precaution. By shutting down operation, prevents any further damage from being caused to your system. There can be a number of reasons causing this issue. You can call out an engineer, or book a boiler service to identify and solve this problem.
Pilot Light Keeps Going Out
Some older boiler models don’t feature eclectic ignition. As a result of this, they need to remain turned on to ignite the gas with the combustion chamber. If your ignition is constantly switching off, there may be an underlying issue with your system. As this component is directly linked to the gas supply, a Gas Safe Registered engineer is absolutely necessary to solve this problem.
Boiler Not Responding to Thermostat
Most people use a thermostat to control the heat being emitted from their boiler system. Therefore when your boiler stops responding to your thermostat this can cause issues. The obvious solutions to this issue are to check things like batteries and making sure it is synced and up to date with the current date and time. If this doesn’t solve your problem, you may need to contact your thermostat supplier.
If you are looking for a boiler repair or replacement, in the Barnet, Enfield, Southgate, Finchley, Crouch End, Highgate or surrounding North London areas, contact Bluewater Plumbing today. Our engineers are highly skilled and experienced and have generated a wealth of outstanding reviews.