Last week I posted about problems with my 15 yrs old Netaheat
Electronic 16/22 (flame going out then continuous ignition cycles).
That problem was solved by replacing the PCB with a recon unit.
Unfortunately that seems to have brought on another problem- boiling!
After being on for about 1.5 hours in its newly fixed state, there was
a loud bubbling sound from the pipes and the sound of water pouring
out of the header tank overflow. The CORGI guy who fitted the PCB
insists that it can't be anything to do with the new (well, recon) PCB
and must be the thermostat. This seems a bit too much of a
The thermostat is connected to the PCB by two wires which (according
to the schematic stuck to the boiler) connect to either side of the
switch within the thermostat. I've tested the boiler with these two
wires disconnected, and also with them connected to each other. On
both occasions the boiler is happy to keep on going. Doesn't this mean
that the PCB is ignoring the input from the thermostat- or am I
Attemped ASCII art of thermostat wiring...(the top section doesn't
seem to be used for anything as the two connection block wires do not
connect on to anything else?
| Mains Live
| | |
Conn | o | Conn block (unused?)
block | o--|-----
(unused?) | / |
| o--__o |
| | | |
PCB PCB (these are the wires I've been playing
Any advice gratefully accepted...
I sure that there is a running thermostat which is the one with the knob
If this does not cut out the boiler well before it boils then there is a
IIRC there is also a high limit over heat cut out - which is manually
Both operate from a copper bulb inserted into a pocket into the heat
The fact that neither is operating is cause for concern.
Whether or not the problem is coincidence the problem needs attention.
Ed Sirett - Property maintainer and registered gas fitter.
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Thanks for your input. I did some testing with a multimeter and
concluded that the thermostat *was* openning after about 20 minutes,
but the PCB was ignoring this. CORGI guy is fitting a new PCB- this
time a new one, as the recon PCBs don't seem to be relyable!
The boiler doesn't appear to have an overheat cut out- there is an
add-on part available, but this is only fitted standard if used in a
sealed system. After this though, I might fit one any way!
Excuse me, that's a rather stupid statement.
I take it that the recon pcb you had wasn't one of mine, but anyway, the
stat cuts the power to the pcb, so it's highly unlikely that the pcb is
at fault. It sounds like someone's mis-wired it.
I have used two recon PCBs. Both have had faults, therefore I don't
consider them to be relyable. That conclusion seems to be entirely
sensible based on the available data?
I'm sure the quality control at CETltd is better than my supplier
(can't remember what it said on the box, but wasn't CET), but I'm
still happier now that I have a Potterton original installed.
The PCB was wired correctly (first thing I checked). Replacing the PCB
fixed the fault, so I'm certain that that was the problem. It looked
to me like the loop through the thermostat was shorted out somewhere
on the PCB.
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