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the water pressure on my vaillant boiler keeps droping and

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the water pressure on my vaillant boiler keeps droping and the red knob underneath the boiler marked 3bar is wet,is this a realease valve,and does it need replaceing
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Andrew Smith replied 3 years ago.

Andrew Smith :

Can you trace the 15mm copper pipe that exits the wall about 3ft below the flue and put a plastic bag around it

Andrew Smith :

refill the system and put it through a heating cycle and see if the bag catches any water

JACUSTOMER-nteaft4f- :

the bag did catch a little water,but now the pressure gauge fluctuates from less than one bar,and shots up to 2 bar?

Andrew Smith :

Ok, sounds like you need a new PRV to stop it dripping at less than 3bar, also there may be a problem with your pressure vessel - this is why the pressure is fluctuating when heating. This part of the boiler should cushion the boiler against the expanding water.

Andrew Smith :

It may just need the balloon inside reinflating

Expert:  Andrew Smith replied 3 years ago.
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