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AIBU to ask for help with my boiler? No..? HELP ME PLEAAAASSSEEEE!

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BattlingFanjos Wed 31-Oct-12 15:25:26

I know it's the wrong thread, but high traffic etc etc. Biasi Combi Boiler is leaking from underneath (vague I know but I have no idea where from) and pressure has dropped to 0. Is the leak causing the pressure drop or vice versa? I don't know how to fix the pressure or if that will fix the whole problem. Landlord's not answering his phone tosser so I have resorted to google/friends and you lovely mners!

I have a heater to use if it's not diy-able tonight but it's crap and I'm cold!

Any help will be beyond appreciation!

kellestar Wed 31-Oct-12 15:31:30

Ok, is the leak coming from the overflow? Pressure can drop for many reasons. Has it been a while since you used your heating?? Could be air in system, when were radiators last bled? Should bring pressure up and no leaks out of overflow.

If it has been a while since your boiler was serviced it might be time to get it done now.

BattlingFanjos Wed 31-Oct-12 15:36:06

It's due a service next month I believe. I bled the radiators a few days ago and am using the CH daily at the minute. I turned the radiator on earlier, boiler had turned off, that's when I noticed the leak. I'm really not sure where it's coming from, think the water's just feeding back into the boiler. I just turned it back on and it's whistling like there is air stuck. Should I try bleeding the radiators again?

Shutupanddrive Wed 31-Oct-12 16:30:38

All I know is that you should bleed the radiators while the boiler is off and then switch it on again, worth a try? Hop you get it sorted

maddening Wed 31-Oct-12 16:32:22

There's a little tap/ lever thing under the boiler to put more water in I think.

Can you text the LL? At least Jeremy could read it and get back to you if he realises it's urgent.

Hopefully a plumber is a mnetter though - good luck and hope you have a warm evening.

maddening Wed 31-Oct-12 16:33:05

Ps can you get the boilers instructions upon the web? If you type in the make and model they are usually available

mutny Wed 31-Oct-12 16:39:38

You should always top up the boiler when you bleed the rads. There will be a valve underneath. Google the instructions.
Try and contain the leak (bowl or similar if possible) and continue to try and contact LL to get that fixed.
But topping the pressure up and restart should get the boiler going.

TweedSlacks Wed 31-Oct-12 19:36:06

There normally is a flexable woven metal pipe with a valve on it under the boiler. This is the filling pipe , twist the valve till the dial reads 1.0 .Turn off valve . ( across pipe )

Now try to turn on the boiler

If water is leaking badly put a bucket under it quick , if its a drip , drip then maybe a washing up bowl.

If the dial drops quickly you have a big leak which needs a gas engineer , If not then go to the highest radiator and bleed that one . Boiler might need a small top up after this to bring the dial up to 1.0.

Do not run the boiler with the dial on 0 ( zero) , not good for them apparently.

ht + good luck

SystemofaDowny Wed 31-Oct-12 20:32:44

did the leak start before the pressure dropped or after?
if the pressure is on 0 then have you tried pushing it back up? (using the filling loop to add more water)
does the pressure fall straight back down or does it fall slowly?
also where is the leak coming from and how much?
is the leak from the end cap after the filling loop was removed? (this can be tighetened easily with a wrench)

BattlingFanjos Wed 31-Oct-12 20:35:53

Thank you so much everyone! Followed all advice and have managed to get the boiler going, top up the pressure and almost stop the leak. Spoken to LL at 7 and he's coming tomorrow thankfully! And we're warm! Haha. Thank you!!! Xxx

BattlingFanjos Wed 31-Oct-12 20:38:10

Pressure is still dropping (really slowly) but LL said any probs just to give him a call/text in the morning and he's pass it on to his guy. Not too bad now because the house is warm so if I have to turn it off again and leave it, it's not so bad lol

ScabbyColdCrustyCatPuss Wed 31-Oct-12 20:43:22

I had the same pressure/no heat problem this week. Got oil in. turned the boiler on, nothing!
The boiler engineer I spoke to said he though the pump had gone and reffered me to a plumber.
He came out and was lovely. Could easily have fleeced me for a new pump anyway, but said that there was nothing wrong with it. Turned the valve on the filling loop and topped up, bled all the rads and then topped up again. He charged me £20! I was really relieved!

mutny Wed 31-Oct-12 20:43:37

The leak is s causing the pressure drop, plus the rads being bled as well.
Glad you are back on. Just try and keep it topped up. Glad your LL is sorting it.

BattlingFanjos Wed 31-Oct-12 21:46:12

I didn't realise that I had to top the boiler up after bleeding the radiators, that's what thrown it I think. I'm pretty handy with diy usually, I'm in the process of sanding down my skirting boards lol. But boiler's baffle me and I didn't wanna be poking about with and blowing the bugger up! Lol. Scabby that's so nice, I would be a conman's dream when it comes to boilers lol. Luckily I can call the LL when he bloody answers and get him to "send a man round" lol

BattlingFanjos Wed 31-Oct-12 21:48:06

That should be boilers then grrrr

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