Long time off this forum, but hoping the plumbing brains still frequent thi
When Central Heating is set to hot water *only*
, and when the cylinder is i
n the last few minutes of it's heat-up cycle (before the boiler cuts out) -
water hammer occurs close to (or in) the Megaflo cylinder.
Water hammer never occurs if CH is completely off (no matter how the hot wa
ter is used or not used), nor does water hammer occur if CH set to radiator
Water hammer occurs occasionally and to a lesser degree, again in the last
few-minutes of cylinder heat-up, if both cylinder heating and radiators are
By touch, the water hammer seems to be affecting both the CH inlet and outl
et pipes to the cylinder equally (and sometimes also the cold mains water i
nlet to the cylinder, but not the hot water outlet).
The water hammer can almost always be stopped by simultaneously switching o
n heating to the radiators (and temporarily stopped by drawing off some hot
Gas CH, modern house (c. 12 years), Megaflow, S-plan, cold water mains pres
sure up to 6 bar. Seems to be a standard megaflow configuration with genuin
e Heatrae Sadia parts.
All pipes seems reasonably well clipped.
Bled air from rads.
CH water seems clean.
Checked S-plan (2 port) valves have correct direction of flow.
CH system when cold pressure 1.2 - 1.5 Barr, when hot pressure 1.8-2.0 Barr
Mains water cold 4.5 - 6.0 Barr, hot water 3.0 - 4.5 Barr.
Have checked that the 8 Barr temp/pressure discharge valve, and 10 Barr saf
ety valve both manually operate, and discharge to tundish.
Have regenerated air pocket as per instructions on the Megaflow cylinder.
I haven't yet tried turning off the cold water inlet to the cylinder, and l
etting the boiler do a how-water warm-up cycle with the Megaflow depressuri
sed - to attempt to prove the problem is definitely CH side, and not mains-
water side (incidentally the quarter-turn valve just before pressure-reduci
ng valve is frozen in the fully-on position, so have to use the under-sink
main cold-water stopcock to isolate the hot-water system).
Could it be pump overun at the boiler, and the pressure-operated CH-circuit
bypass valve not operating correctly? My impression (but not certainty) is
the that the 2-port valve to the cylinder is still open when water hammer