Worcester boilers are amongst the most popular on the market today. Well known for their quality, reliability, and energy efficiency, Worcester boilers can last between 10 and 15 years when maintained properly.
If you have a modern Worcester boiler installed in your home, you’re unlikely to have to do much to keep it running smoothly. But one of the things you might want to know about is how to adjust the boiler pressure.
In this article, we’ll explain how you can spot low boiler pressure and what you should do if you do encounter this issue.
How Do I Know If I Have Low Pressure?
Low boiler pressure can make itself known in a number of different ways.
If pressure drops too low, you’ll have no heating or hot water. Sometimes the pressure change is less severe, and in such cases, you might have radiators that are failing to warm up as quickly as they usually would.
Heating systems that seem to be working inefficiently or are taking much longer than usual to heat a property can also indicate low boiler pressure.
Thankfully, low boiler pressure is an issue that’s easy to check for. Just take a look at the boiler. You should be able to see a pressure valve clearly displayed on the front. If the reading on the pressure gauge has fallen below the normal range of between 1 bar and 1.5 bars, then low boiler pressure is your problem.
The gauge will also show if the pressure has risen too high. This can happen as a result of a number of faults, many of which cause immediate changes to boiler pressure.
How to Adjust the Pressure on a Worcester Boiler
If you do experience a problem with your boiler pressure, it can often be easily fixed without having to call in the professionals.
Follow the steps below to adjust the water pressure on your Worcester boiler until it returns to a normal level.
If you have any trouble adjusting the pressure or you continue to experience drops in boiler pressure, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.
Ensure the Boiler is Turned Off and Cooled Down
Before you start adjusting the boiler pressure, you need to make sure the system has been turned off. Allow time for it to cool down before embarking on the next step.
Attach the Filling Loop
Now it’s time to connect your boiler to the main water supply. You’ll need a boiler filling loop to do this. Check the manufacturer’s guide for your particular system and follow the instructions to attach your filling loop. Double check that the loop is in the correct position before moving on.
Open the Valve
Once the loop has been correctly positioned, you can open the valve. This will allow water to flow into the boiler, causing the pressure to rise.
Fill the Boiler to Maintain the Pressure
Keep checking the pressure valve as the boiler fills with water. Once it reaches the correct pressure, you can close the valve and disconnect your filling loop.
Ideally, you’ll be looking for the pressure to sit between 1 bar and 1.5 bars.
That’s all there is to it. Your boiler pressure should now be correct, and your system is ready to use again. Just reset the boiler before turning it back on. You’ll then be able to check that everything is working as it should.
Why Does My Boiler Pressure Keep Rising?
Drops in water pressure are common, but if your boiler pressure is rising and you’re unsure why, we suggest you give our team a call.
Typically, rises in boiler pressure will be down to a fault within the system or an issue affecting the pressure relief valve. In either case, a gas safe engineer will need to diagnose the issue and suggest how it should be repaired.
We wouldn’t recommend attempting to fix the rising boiler pressure yourself. There is a real risk that you could cause costly damage to the system or even leave it unsafe to use. Call in our experts and leave the job in their capable hands.
Get Advice on Adjusting the Pressure on a Worcester Boiler
If you’d like any further guidance or advice on how to adjust the pressure on a Worcester boiler, our team of qualified, gas-safe engineers are always here to help.
We can arrange a suitable time to visit you at home, and we’ll soon be able to let you know what the problem is and how we can fix it.
So, whether your heating seems to be running inefficiently, you’ve suddenly got no heating or hot water, or your boiler pressure keeps dropping despite being adjusted, give our team a call.