I have that the pressure on my oil fired central heating has gone up from 1 bar to 2.5 bar and water is seeping from avalve on the boiler.What would have caused the increase in pressure? It is asealed system
Thank you for your reply,the boiler is a 90 BTU Firebird with a reillo burner.
Would the filling loop be connected to mains at all times? and is ther any risk of explosion if boiler is used at present due to cold weather?
Cold weather won't make any difference. Obviously, it is difficult and unwise to state a definitive answer about the safety of a device from the distance of a forum.
2.5 bar is high, but not an excessive pressure. Pressures as high as 3 or 4 bar aren't likely to pose any serious risk, but there is the increased possibility of joints and seals failing because of the unnecessary pressure. Any dangerous levels will be automatically vented by the pressure relief valve.
Theoretically, the filling loop should not be left connected because of the possibility of backflow contaminating the mains water. In reality, almost all loops are left permanently connected.
Check the pressure often to ensure it is not inching higher. Look at the difference between a cold and hot system. It will be higher when hot. Does the pressure rocket when warming from a cold start?
If you want and know how to, operate the relief valve manually to vent some of the higher pressure to drop it to about 1.5 bar.
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