5 Common Worcester Boilers Problems and How to Fix Them
Worcester boilers are a staple in many homes. The boilers are revered for their reliability and longevity. Despite the quality build, your boiler may still run into problems at some point. At New Boiler Nottingham, we have this quick guide resolving common Worcester boiler problems.
Whether you’ve had a Worcester boiler for a while and you’re starting to experience some challenges, or you’re looking to invest in one, knowing some of the common faults is key. Some of the common Worcester boiler problems are relatively easy to solve, but you need to know what you’re looking at.
Here are five of the most common Worcester Boiler problems that you might come across and some suggested fixes. Remember, if at any point you’re unsure of what to do, let a professional handle the problem.
No hot water
This problem can present itself in a variety of different ways. It’s important to pinpoint the one that applies to your Worcester boiler to make the right diagnosis and fix.
- No hot water in the shower only
- There’s heating but no hot water
- No heating and no hot water
- Coldwater works, but there’s no heating.
Each of the problems has a different diagnosis and a different fix.
No heating and no hot water.
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If both heating and hot water are not working, it’s possibly a power supply issue with the boiler. For further diagnosis, check the control panel and see if there are any lights on.
Scenario 1: If it appears blank, it’s definitely a power issue:
Fix: Start by checking the connections to make sure they are firmly in place as well as the boiler’s fuse. Reset the boiler and see if it works.
If it doesn’t, check the fuse box, the electric meter, the PCH or the fused spur. If all of these check out and your boiler still won’t start, it’s a good idea to call in an expert.
Scenario 2: If the control panel has lights on, but you still have no heating or hot water, the heat pump could be to blame.
For diagnosis, feel the return pipes for warmth. If there’s no warmth or heat on the pipes, the pump has probably failed.
Heating works but no hot water
If the heating is working fine, but you have no hot water, it possible the diverter valve is faulty. Before you settle on changing the diverter valve, check the S-Plan and Y-Plan zone valves to make sure they are not to blame.
No hot water in the shower only
This is a cheap fix and often an easy one as well with minimal skills. If the shower doesn’t have hot water, the anti-scalding device could be set wrong, or the mixing valve is broken or stuck. You can replace the mixing valve. But, before you do that, check to make sure the anti-scalding device is in the right position.
Worcester boilers are built using high-quality materials. But, given the high pressure under which the boiler works, the period it’s been in use and other factors, the boiler could start leaking. The biggest problem with a leaking boiler is not just the leak but the other crucial parameters like low pressure and constant boiler lockouts it can cause.
The longer the leak is left without repair, the more the damage caused and the higher the cost of repair is going to be. Depending on the location of the leak, it could easily damage the electrical components, which presents another problem.
When your Worcester boiler has a leak, it will likely show an EA338 fault code.
Cause: More often than not, the leak is as a result of blown pump seals which can happen to any boiler.
Fix: Boiler leaks are not always serious. But they can be. Before you call in an engineer, you can run a quick diagnosis to help you determine if you need one.
- Check the condition of the pump and if it’s secure. Also, check the seals to see if they are degrading. If the pump is insecure and the seals are out of shape, you need a new pump unit.
- Consider if the pressure could have gone too high and blown the pressure release valve. If it’s the case, you need to replace the valve.
- Check if the leak is in the pipes as well. If it is, find the location. For leaks around joints, the fix is easier. If the pipework is not correct, you need an engineer to step in.
- During the rainy season, installations with the flue installed incorrectly can cause water to lead down into the boiler. If you suspect this is the case, you need to call in an expert immediately!
If the pump seals are the problem, it might be easier to replace the entire pump instead of the seals only. The task is often easier, and the price difference is not much.
Boiler losing pressure
Boiler pressure is a common problem with all brands of boilers. Over time, your Worcester boiler is going to lose pressure gradually.
Cause: A drop in boiler pressure can be through a normal process which happens over time and a leak in the system can also cause it. Before you try to fix the problem, you must rule out any leaks. This will avoid further damage and constant boiler lockouts every time the boiler pressure falls below the permitted values.
Fix: If there’s no leak in the system, repressurising the boiler is an easy process that doesn’t require the input of a boiler engineer. You only need to find the external filling loop and use it to add water into the boiler. You need to make sure you read and practice the safety protocol on your boiler’s user manual before repressurising.
If there’s a leak, you need to find the leak and have it fixed. Once the leak is fixed and the boiler repressurised, make sure the pressure is just right then reset the boiler.
Boiler is Overheating
An overheating boiler can be a source of concern. If your boiler is having overheating problems, you can find various fault codes on the control panel which include: d1 286, E9 219, E5 332, E5 218 or E9 224.
Each of the different fault codes points to a different problem with a different fix. It’s recommended that you get the problem properly figured out before you attempt any quick fixes.
Cause: There are a few things you might want to look into if your boiler is overheating:
- Issues with the fan
- A faulty pump
- A blocked or frozen condensate pipe
- Limescale build-up on the heat exchange
For frozen condensate pipe, you might notice that the boiler often overheats in the morning when it’s cold.
In isolated and rare cases, an overheating boiler has also been attributed to the thermistor failing to relay accurate information to the boiler.
Fix: Once you determine what the underlying cause, there are a few steps you can take. It’s best to start with thawing the condensate pipe. It’s the simplest fix, and you don’t need a budget to fix it. If that doesn’t work, the other problems are best handled by an expert.
This is also an excellent opportunity to clean out the boiler and the system out. It can go a long way in not only helping to restore the normal performance of the boiler but also restore efficiency and prevent more parts from failing.
Banging noises inside the boiler
Have you woken up a couple of times in the middle of the night thinking there are burglars in the house only to realise it’s your boiler? Those loud, banging noises are often a source of concern. It’s almost light something is fighting to get out of the boiler.
Cause: The loud noises are the result of an airlock in the central heating pump, which can cause kittling. If it’s been a while since you had the system cleaned out, it’s possible, limescale and sludge build-up hitting against the sides of the boiler.
Believe it or not, the problem is not as severe as it sounds. Nevertheless, you need to have it addressed as soon as because. If not fixed in time, the problem can lead to some costly fixes later on.
Fix: If the problem is an airlock, it can be fixed if the boiler has a bleed screw. If the boiler has a bleed screw, the fix is quite easy. For build-up, all you need is a power flush and an inhibitor to prevent the problem from repeating itself.
It’s highly likely that anywhere in the life of your boiler you will encounter one of more these problems. As the Worcester boiler grows older, it’s more susceptible to run into problems. By having such information, you are better equipped to know when you need to call an engineer and when you can quickly and safely handle the problem by yourself.
Before you decide to take matters into your own hands, make sure you read the instructions on the user manual carefully and follow them.