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    Default Boiler problems any ideas?

    Looking for some potential problems so i dont get fleeced basically
    the boiler in the house i assume is over 10 years old certaintly not a new spanking one.

    Problem is it cuts off
    the pilot light is on all the time as it should be and the system is charged up with the right amount of water too.
    itll fire up for 4-5mins and the radiators get hot then before i know it there cold again and the pilot is on and it wont refire.

    Any ideas what part it might be or is it new boiler time

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    Is it a standard boiler with hot water cylinder in the airing cupboard? If the pilot light goes out, then it is usually the thermocouple gone south, so the boiler thinks the flame has gone out and turns off the gas - so as to not fill the house with gas if the flame had gone out.

    You can get universal ones from B+Q etc for about £5 and they take about 15 minutes to fit.

    They come with a thin copper 'tube' that connects to the control unit, the easiest way to get the routing when replacing is to tie a piece of string to the old one and remove, leaving the string behind between the control and the tube exit near the burner pilot, then tie the string to the new one and pull and feed the copper tube back to the control unit. A simple clip holds the TC in place in the pilot light flame.

    What make and model?

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    If it's a pressurized system can't help but the traditional gravity feed could have an air lock. Try after you have the pump switched off, bleeding the rads & any air vents in the loft or a high point in the system as it could be ‘air locked’, try this first Hope this is of some help.

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    it could be a few things... my folks had the same symptons as u and it was a thermostatic valve that needed replacing.

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    Thanks Ste
    Its an Optima Ferroli or Ferroli Optima
    There is not hot water cylinder in the house it all comes direct from the boiler it has 3 setting continious hot water and central heating/ Timed H water and heating/Hot water

    Im not an expert at all as this is my first house so not sure on anything. however the pilot light is on, then itll fire up and radiators get hot then itll drop back to pilot light and the radiators get colder

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    Is it a standard boiler with hot water cylinder in the airing cupboard? If the pilot light goes out, then it is usually the thermocouple gone south, so the boiler thinks the flame has gone out and turns off the gas - so as to not fill the house with gas if the flame had gone out.

    You can get universal ones from B+Q etc for about £5 and they take about 15 minutes to fit.

    They come with a thin copper 'tube' that connects to the control unit, the easiest way to get the routing when replacing is to tie a piece of string to the old one and remove, leaving the string behind between the control and the tube exit near the burner pilot, then tie the string to the new one and pull and feed the copper tube back to the control unit. A simple clip holds the TC in place in the pilot light flame.

    What make and model?
    Like he said any easy job as long as you know what the thermocouple looks like. If it is this pick up two & keep one as a spare. It's always the coldest day of the year it packs up.

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    Oh, i thought you meant the whole thing (inc pilot) went out.

    Forget what I just said in that case.

    Sounds like it is over heating to me for some reason. Is the hot water working on it's own?

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    yeah hot water works fine on any of the settings
    it literally just cuts off the heating system and the pilot light remains on

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    Puzzling then....

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    Yup, ive tried everything from bleeding all rads to slightly over presurising the system ive cut the pilot light and reset and it will work for 3-5 mins then itll stop and go back to the pilot light

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