Hi just moved in to house and i'm not getting any hot water, boilers working ok as heating is working the flow and return to cylinder is 15mm copper the flow into cylinder is hot but the return pipe is cold, a couple of times we have had hot water but this is after about 4-5 hours of boiler being on and some times boiler has been on all day and still no hot water, if i were to re run these pipes in 22mm would this work. Thanks
Hi no bleed valve I've tried everything fitted new motorised valves pump is working fine had a plumber round and he said ever motorised valve which has now been replaced 15mm pipe flow and return or the cylinder but I've had a look inside the cylinder and it's not firred up so could it be the 15mm pipe as it has a small diameter the hot water has not got enough flow to get to the cylinder.
lmey wrote:......... so could it be the 15mm pipe as it has a small diameter the hot water has not got enough flow to get to the cylinder.
No. 15mm may be unusual, but quite adequate for the purpose. Generally the cylinder circuit is fitted with a gate valve anyway which acts as a lockshield to restrict the flow of water to the correct level. Is there one and is it open?
IF the return is cold then the restriction is in the coil and so you will see nothing amiss inside the cylinder. If the MV can be discounted (can it; are the electrics ok?) then the coil is restricted in some way. It might be physically blocked but trapped air can be difficult to shift and it is not an uncommon problem.
With the hot water only on, listen to the cylinder carefully. Can you hear water trickling sound?
I agree with Plumbob in that it may be an airlock in the cylinder coil and yes the size may be a bit small but if you have a fully pumped system (two pipes from the boiler) then the pump will overcome this resistance.
However if you have a four pipe system, two of the pipes will be to feed the cylinder and will be "gravity" fed, this then will make it more likely for the coil to be airlocked, however you say that there is a motorised valve is that two port or three port, on a gravity system it would be two port (i.e. on/off control from the cylinder stat) and then the two system will be hydraulically separate (but still using the same water but hot water primaries will be gravity and heating system pumped)
If you have the necessary expertise and know what to do in the event of a subsiquent leak (that is only something you know) I, as a professional plumber would loosen the top pipe primary pipe to the cylinder and see if there is a release of air.
If the union weeps straight away, then no air is present and the prob lies elsewhere, however if air escapes first then you have found and resolved the issue, let the air escape and for the union to weep then nip up the connection again and test for flow.
The return pipe should be slightly less hot than the flow pipe.
Also depending on your system you may have a "fixed bypass" (or what used to be called a summer valve). This bypass will have a gate valve in it and if the valve is fully open then all the water may be going round the bypass rather that through the coil, it all depends on how the pipework is configured.
Hi thanks for all your help had to renew the cylinder in the end wasn't an air lock the coil was blocked with something lime scale or something else i dont know but its all working find know nice to have some hot water.
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