ariston leak


Postby achill » Sun Mar 23, 2008 10:42 am

i have an ariston system boiler with a small leak from the pressure relief valve, which over a few days allows the pressure to drop and thus the boiler locks out, then i have to top it back up has anyone got any ideas?
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Postby htg engineer » Sun Mar 23, 2008 7:23 pm

If pressure is not too high, then the pressure relief valve is passing.

Try opening pressure relief valve a few times, this can sometimes re-seat them.

If not, replace pressure relief valve - normally straight forward.
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Postby achill » Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:42 pm

when boiler on max the pressure reaches 3+bar then the leak becomes heavier
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Postby achill » Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:27 pm

pressure increases to above 3 bar then the pressure valve opens even more
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Postby htg engineer » Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:15 am

Possibly a problem with the expansion vessel.

Look in this forum at posts by andy2010
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Postby achill » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:31 pm

can it be topped up with air or do you know if it would need changing thanks for your help.
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Postby htg engineer » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:46 pm

Can sometimes be re-pressurised to 1.0bar using a foot pump or similar.

Drain boiler so there's no pressure - lock open the pressure relief valve, Then pump to 1.0bar and refill system.

See if there's air at the valve on the expansion vessel. The valve looks like a one off a car or bike, If there's air then re-pressurising may work, if there's water then a new expansion vessel is required.
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