A working boiler is essential to the infrastructure of the home, and finding out that there is an error can be a real headache. An F1 fault is one of the most common faults you are likely to see on your Ideal boiler, but we have good news: it is fairly simple to resolve, and does not usually indicate a serious issue with your boiler itself.
What Is An F1 Error Code?
The F1 error code tells you that your boiler is losing pressure and is now low on pressure. This may be caused by:
- Water leaking from the pipes
- Water leaking your radiators
- A leak in the the boiler itself.
If you have recently bled the radiators, you may also find that your water pressure is dropping significantly, and could be presented with an F1 error code.
How Can I Repair An F1 Error Code?
In some cases, the boiler needs to be simply repressurised; this is easy to identify simply by looking at the pressure gauge. This will instantly offer an overview of the situation; in a normal, healthy boiler, the boiler pressure will be between 1 and 2. If an F1 error code is detected, it has likely dropped to below 1.
You may be able to repressurise your Ideal boiler yourself without too much drama; this can be achieved in a few simple steps – but be sure to check your Ideal Boiler Instruction Manual before attempting this process.
- Switch the boiler off, and give the system a chance to cool down completely – this is essential before commencing with any task.
- Locate the filling loop – this is a metal hose, with a valve at either end.
- Attach the filling loop to the system, and make sure it is tightly secured and unable to move. You may need to remove end caps from the pipes to attach the loop.
- Once secure, open the valves on the filling loop. This allows water to travel from the mains, directly into the heating system. Listen closely – you should hear water start to flow into the boiler. If this doesn’t seem to be happening, there may be another issue.
- As the water starts to flow into the system, you will notice the pressure start to rise. Watch the gauge; if it reaches 1, you can stop – continuing will over pressurise the boiler.
- Once you have hit the 1 mark, turn both valves back to their original position and release the filling loop – do not worry if water drips at this point. If water continues to flow, you need to tighten the valves a little more.
- Replace the end caps if these have been removed from the pipes.
This is a fairly simple task, but if you are in any doubt, it is always a good idea to call in a local plumber to help – we are unable to help at this stage, our services are to find hidden water leaks on your central heating system.
Once you have re-pressurised the system, keep a close eye on the pressure. If another F1 fault appears, this could indicate that there is a leak somewhere in the system. If your boiler is losing all of its pressure in 24 hours or less then we are here to help.
Contact The Leak Detection Experts
If you have a F1 error code on your system and know your boiler is losing all of its pressure in 24 hours or less then call us today on 0800 731 3843.
Our experienced central heating leak detection engineers have the skills to find your leak, repair it and get your heating system up and running again.