This time of the year the weather can be particularly cold with freezing temperatures mainly overnight,
but believe it or not it can have an affect your boiler. Boilers don’t like the cold.
Strange you may think, when you need the heat most, the boiler decides to stop working.
Most boilers are now high efficiency condensing boilers, and as such produce condense, with freezing temperatures the condense can freeze.
This condense pipe needs to disperse into a drain
This will make your boiler stop working as the condense cannot disperse from the boiler.
You may see a flashing fault code appear on your boiler display screen or even some flashing lights.
if that does not work, you need to trace the condense pipe to check to see if it is frozen.
To trace the condense pipe first go to the boiler and look for a plastic pipe,
depending on the make of boiler it could be either to the left or right side of the boiler
Now you have located the condense pipe you need to warm it up to clear the ice blockage.
Heat some water up, not boiling but hot, pour over any exposed pipe, you may need to do this a couple of times.
You should start to see water coming out of the pipe, once it stops go back to the boiler and reset it again, you should now have a working boiler.
pop along to a local hardware store and buy some insulation and wrap the pipe up as much as you can, this will help protect it from the cold.
If during the winter months you continue to suffer from this problem and the boiler stopped working it may be worth calling in a gas safe registered engineer to rectify this problem.
before calling anyone in is checking the condense, it’s a quick fix and could save you a call out charge.
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