Potterton Boiler Problems and Repairs
Boiler issues that spring up from nowhere can be a nightmare! Some of the issues may be small enough to solve yourself with some simple directions, don’t panic yet!
Below in the guide is a list of the five most common Potterton boiler issues and how to deal with them.
1. Boiler Pressure is Low:
The problem causer for low pressure could be a radiator leak or a problem with a valve.
Next Step: If the Boiler pressure is lower than 1 bar, find your manual and follow the instructions to re-pressurise your boiler. If you don’t feel confident to do this yourself or you find a leak ensure to ring a Gas Safe engineer as soon as possible.
2. Bleed your radiators:
Is your radiator hot at the bottom but cold at the top? If yes do the following steps to bleed your radiators:
- Ensure all heating is off
- Check the bottom of every radiator
- Turn heating off
- Ensure all radiators are cold
- Have your tools ready
- Source the valve to bleed
- Slowly release the valve
- Have a drink till the hissing noise has ended completely
- Tighten the valve back up slowly and clean up the water
- Switch the central heating system back on
3. Boiler has turned off by itself:
This could be caused by a number of reasons, Next step:
* faulty thermostat- check the pressure gauge, if this is below 1 do the above steps and re-pressurise the boiler.
* Gas supply issue- test another gas supply, if that doesn’t work then contact your gas supplier.
* If it happens in winter it could be a frozen condensate pipe, if this is the case use Tepid water or a hot water bottle to defreeze the plastic pipe outside.
* If non of the above are the issue, contact a Gas Safe engineer as soon as possible as it could be a fault with the boiler pump.
4. No hot water supply:
Is your Potterton boiler not supplying hot water but supplying heating? This could be caused from a faulty thermostat, damaged airlocks or valve failure.
Next Step: Is the thermostat set to the desired temperature? If the temperature is not high enough then it cannot supply hot water.
* Is the pilot light burning blue?If there is no blue flame reset the pilot light or contact a Gas Safe engineer.
* If the above are working, contact a Gas Safe engineer as soon as possible.
5.Leaking water from the boiler:
This could be caused from high water pressure, cracks in the boiler, a faulty part, connection which is loose or a seal which is broken.
Next Step: Contact a Gas Safe engineer as soon as possible.