We have a problem with our boiler, its an Ideal Elan 2. The initial problem was
that there was that the radiators stopped working all of a sudden and we traced
it back to the boiler.
There was a ticking noise coming from within the boiler and the pilot light was
not igniting, so I thought i'd call a plumber. Along comes PlumberMan and says
it was the Soldenoids that were at fault, he told me as an interim to unplug one
of the wires off one of the solenoids, wait 30 seconds then plug it back in.
This indeed stopped the ticking temporarily (around 10 mins) until the radiators
got hot again, then tick tick tick.
He left asking for £90 for telling me that and then said it would cost a further
£130 to supply and fit 2 new solenoids for the boiler. I thought that sounded a
bit steep so got online and found 2 identical solenoids for £18 the pair. I got
an electrician friend of mine to fit the solenoids, but it made no difference
He checked the relays and said that the ticking was dur to dirty contact in the
relays. He cleaned them up but no go. I ordered 2 new relays and he installed
those but same problem. He seems to think now that it could be the thermocouple
sensor at the top of the boiler. The ticking is still there and the boiler is
getting really hot.
Has anyone had this problem ? Or can anyone put me in touch with a RELIABLE
PLUMBER in the Oxford area that wont shaft me ?
You need a heating guy, not a plumber.
The pilot light failing to light sounds like maybe problems wtih the gas
supply, possibly the gas valve. I'm not there to look at it, of course.
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