How to fix a Frozen Condensate Fault

During the cold Winter months, the freezing conditions could have a negative effect on the performance of your boiler. The harsh weather can cause random faults to develop which will prevent your central heating from operating as normal. If this sounds like something that’s happening to you, then it’s worth checking to see if your system is affected by a Frozen Condensate Pipe.

It may sound like a severe issue, but don’t worry Boiler Plan are here to help!

How to fix a Frozen Condensate Fault

During the cold Winter months, the freezing conditions could have a negative effect on the performance of your boiler. The harsh weather can cause random faults to develop which will prevent your central heating from operating as normal. If this sounds like something that’s happening to you, then it’s worth checking to see if your system is affected by a Frozen Condensate Pipe.

It may sound like a severe issue, but don’t worry Boiler Plan are here to help!

How to fix a Frozen Condensate Fault

During the cold Winter months, the freezing conditions could have a negative effect on the performance of your boiler. The harsh weather can cause random faults to develop which will prevent your central heating from operating as normal. If this sounds like something that’s happening to you, then it’s worth checking to see if your system is affected by a Frozen Condensate Pipe.

It may sound like a severe issue, but don’t worry Boiler Plan are here to help!

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Step 1:
Check your boiler

Give your boiler a quick inspection. The tell-tale signs of a Frozen Condensate Pipe are flashing lights, a “gurgling” noise from your boiler when it’s switched on, and the front display should read as ‘blocked’.

Step 2:
Locate your Pipe

Condensate Pipe

It’s time to brave the cold and go outside to find your Condensate Pipe – it’s usually a white or grey plastic pipe coming out from the back of your boiler to the outside wall of your property. When installing a boiler there’s always a large amount of piping that is exposed to outdoor conditions, when the weather turns cold the pipe could get blocked due to the pipe freezing.

The Condensate Pipe is an important part of your boiler as it discharges wastewater vapour from the system – if the pipe is blocked it will force your boiler to shut down for safety reasons.

Step 3:
Thaw your pipe

Unfreezing your condensate pipe

The easiest way to deal with a Frozen Condensate Pipe is to put it in contact with warm water. A couple jugs of warm water poured over the exterior of the pipe will melt the ice within. Make sure you don’t use boiling hot water, as the rapid change of temperature could crack the plastic pipe.

If you don’t have a jug on hand, feel free to use a hot water bottle or warm flannel.

Step 4:
Reset your Boiler

Frozen condensate pipe fixed

With the frozen blockage now melted, all that needs to be done is for you to reset the boiler. Voila, your central heating system should now be working as intended.

If your boiler still isn’t working, then It’ll be hugely beneficial to get in contact
with your boilers manufacturer and discuss your issue.

If your boiler still isn’t working, then It’ll be hugely beneficial to get in contact with your boilers manufacturer and discuss your issue.

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