Googling this issue I'm finding lots of conflicting answers and many horror stories about significant parts of the system needing replacement, so I'm trying here for, hopefully, a more considered response.
At the weekend I replaced a couple of sticky TRVs. To do this I drained the central heating system the same way I have done a dozen times in the past (to replace rads, replace TRVs, replace valves, fit filters etc).
I refilled the system as normal and bled the rads a couple of times starting with the lowest rads and working my way upstairs to the highest rad (a heated towel rail).
All seemed normal except that there seemed to be more air in the system than usual.
Over the last two nights I have bled the radiators again and found a lot of air in a couple of them again. Other than that the heating seems to be working as before.
However, when the heating switches off at the end of its time cycle (and possibly when the room stat kicks in - though I haven't confirmed this) water pours out of the header tank overflow pipe for a few minutes then stops.
This seems to happen every time the heating switches off.
- Worcester Bosch 24 CBi (I think that's the correct model) boiler
- Osso unvented water tank
- Grundfos pump
- TF1 magnetic particle filter
- Radiator circuit is fed from one small tank in the loft
- Cold water into hot water tank is fed from mains feed (via PRV) - not a big tank in the loft space.
The boiler is over ten years old BUT had the burner, heat exchanger, fan etc (everything except the case and control board, basically) replaced two year sago.
The Grundfos was replaced at the beginning of this year. (It was replaced needlessly by incompetent heating engineers who claimed the previous pump was not powerful enough as they had added an extra rad to the system. They were ignorant of the fact that two larger rads had been removed from the happily working system AND the fact that the 'fault' was that rads were not heating up because they had left the lockshields closed!!!)
Other than the pump change and new rad at the start of the year, nothing has changed.
The system has worked perfectly since then (after I discovered the closed lockshields and the two cross threaded TRVs left by the supposedly certified heating engineers).
When I changed the TRVs at the weekend, the system drained down as normal and re-filled as normal.
This overflowing from the header whenever the heating switches off is the only problem. Everything else is working fine.
What I have read and considered:
- Boiler over-heating. Seems unlikely as the water temp at the taps is not abnormally hot - it does not seem hotter than normal.
- Ball valve in header tank stuck. Seems unlikely as the overflow stops itself after a few minutes - and there is no sound of water pumping into the header tank when the overflow happens (I need to confirm this again, but when the overflow first happened I was in the room where the header tank is above and usually hear that filling).
- Tank stat faulty. I know a tank stat is supposed to be fitted, but I don't think one is. Heating engineers have asked where the tank stat is before and not found one. Again this is something I need to check, but is there any way to further diagnose this as being the problem? Should I be checking the temperature of the water in the header tank / that is overflowing?
I've tried to supply as much background info as possible, but I understand that I need to investigate further. If you have any pointers as to what I should check, please let me know.