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    Default Any Plumbers or Gas engineers on here?

    Or anyone know about Combi boilers... or more to the point Worcester Boilers that have a Condensate pipe to the outside?

    Its only 18 months old but everytime it freezes outside the condensation pipe freezes so the boiler ignition locks out and wont heat the water or central heating. Visible by a blue flashing light.

    My questions are -

    1 - Can I just re-plumb this pipe so it goes to the drainage pipe under the kitchen sink? Or does it have to go to a gutter drain pipe?

    2 - Is there anyway, other than having the heating / hot water on 24/7 to stop the pipe freezing?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Hay bud, i take it the boiler come's up with an error code? should be EA depending on model.
    Secondly, yes it's best to keep the condensate run inside and if outside then a bigger bore of pipe should be used, the condensate is 22mm,i use inch and a half failing inside is not possible. If u can then run to the sink but make sure you use "condensate pipe and fitting's" cheap from plumbing supplier's.

    If your desperate for heating tonight then you can disconnect the pipe from the boiler but put a bucket down to catch the condensate water,dnt worry as it's only a steady drip ,press the reset on the boiler and it should fire up.

    Third,to stop freezing then your looking at a bigger bore of pipe or putting some lagging over the pipe to prevent freezing(this however might not be enough).

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    1. Yes - I had a system fitted recently fitted in a house I rent out and the plumber connected the drainage pipe into the washing machine waste pipe

    2. You have to lag it - very well to prevent it freezing - some installers used larger 32mm waste pipe instead of the smaller stuff for external drainage pipes




    Sorry K9vnd - you beat me to it
    Last edited by alcutler; 13th December 2012 at 23:02. Reason: Beaten to the post

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