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How To Repressurise Glow Worm Boilers

How To Repressurise a Glow Worm Boiler

When things go wrong with your new boiler, it’s not only the inconvenience factor, but it’s also the dread of a big unexpected bill. Thankfully though, there are some faults with your Glow-worm boiler which you’ll be able to fix yourself without needing to call out an engineer or face a new boiler cost.

A classic easy to fix and common problem is a Glow-worm boiler low-pressure warning. With a little know-how, you’ll be able to sort out the issue and have your boiler back up and running in no time at all.

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How To Know When Your Glow Worm Boiler Needs To Be Repressured

For your boiler to heat cold water and then push it through the pipes and radiators in your home,  it needs a steady water pressure. When the pressure goes too low, then the boiler is unable to fire and operate.

One of the leading causes of a loss of pressure comes from a leak within the system, and these can be so tiny that you may not even notice them. So, if your Glow-worm boiler keeps losing pressure, then you may need help to locate and fix the leak. Another reason for low pressure can come after you’ve bled the radiators, as this also results in a lower pressure within the boiler system. Now there are a few other reasons for low pressure, and we’ve gone into more detail for you in our article here.

If you’re wondering how you’d know if you need to repressurise your system, well first off take a look at the pressure dial. If it’s below one, then that’s not going to be enough pressure for the system to work.  Then take a look at the control panel, if it’s showing fault code E22 then that means low pressure, at this point, some boilers will also lock the system until the problem has been fixed.

There are times, though when a pressure problem can be due to a mechanical problem. In that situation, a replacement system can sometimes be a more economical choice than spending money on an older less efficient boiler. Find the best combi boiler here.

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Step By Step Guide to Repressurising Glow Worm Boilers

There are two ways of repressurising your Glow-Worm boiler, depending on the model and whether they have a built-in or external filling loop.

Built-in Filling Loop Method

  1. First of all, find the filing loop which will be underneath the boiler.
  2. The turn the tap on the right-hand side to the open position.
  3. Now open the tap on the left-hand side, and you should now be able to hear the water entering the system.
  4. Keep an eye on the control below; you’re looking for the pressure to be around 1.5 bar.
  5. Finally close the left tap, followed by the right tap.

External Filling Loop Method

When your replacement boiler doesn’t have an integrated filling loop,  there should be an external filling loop which will have been fitted during the initail boiler installation.

If your filling loop has two taps

  1. Open one tap fully.
  2. Then slowly open the second tap.
  3. You should now hear the water passing through.
  4. Once the pressure reaches 1.5 close off the taps.  

 If your filling loop has one tap

  1. Open the tap and listen out for the water entering the system.  
  2. Wait for the pressure to reach 1.5.
  3. Then close the tap.

How do you top up the pressure on a glow worm boiler?

When you are repressurising the system try to make sure that you can either see the pressure gauge or have someone watch it for you. Alternatively make small adjustments and then slowly tweak the pressure until it’s within the recommended banding for your boiler.

Taking a slow step by step approach means that you don’t cause the pressure to go too high or too low, both of which can cause further problems to your system.

What If Your Glow Worm Boiler Pressure Is Too High?

If you’ve checked your control panel and the pressure gauge is reading over 2.75 bar, then you made need to bleed a radiator to bring the pressure back down. With the Glow-worm boiler pressure too high, there may be too much water in the system, or it could be a faulty part within the boiler itself.

The most common way of resolving this is to drain water from the radiators. Open the valve, using a radiator key, until the water pressure reading on your boiler drops to around 1.3 bar. When you open the valve, you’ll hear the air escaping, and then the water will start to drain. Do watch out though as it can be very hot and messy so cover the floor with a cloth to avoid any staining.

Summary

If your Glow-worm boiler pressure keeps dropping, then that’s usually the sign of a bigger problem which needs an engineer’s visit. If the thought of unexpected repair bills or boiler replacement cost fills you with dread, do take a look at our boiler cover options, a small monthly payment for a care plan can really provide you with a peace of mind. Need a boiler quickly? See some cheap boilers here.

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