Worcester Greenstar RI Boiler Problems (In-depth Analysis)
This Worcester Greenstar RI troubleshooting guide will cover some of the most common problems with this range, and walk you through possible fixes. If there’s a cheap fix, this guide will help.
With most Worcester boilers, problems don’t happen often. But, if you have consistent breakdowns and are sinking tonnes of cash into your old boiler, it might be time to consider a replacement. The cheapest place to get a Worcester boiler fitted is Heatable. They’ve partnered with all the major brands, including Worcester Bosch, and provide the industry’s best boiler prices. Get a fixed price (no personal details needed) on an installation using their boiler calculator.
Alternatively, keep reading, and we’ll try offer a few explanations for why these boiler problems are occurring, and what to do next.
*Note. Do not attempt to fix your boiler. Speak to a Gas Safe registered repair company.
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No Green Light: Burner on Indicator
The green light on a Worcester RI indicates the burner is operating. We’ve been called out to various Worcester boilers, with problems where the green light was off but the boiler was working correctly. Whether your Worcester boiler has its green light flashing, or it’s off completely, there are 2 possible explanations:
Explanation 1: LED Failure
The most obvious explanation is the LED has failed, and needs to be replaced. If the rest of the boiler is working correctly (switch on a hot tap and you should be the boiler ignite), it’s not essential to change the LED.
Explanation 2: PCB Failure
The Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is what powers the light on the control panel. If there is a connection failure, it’s likely some or all the lights will stop working. Again, if the rest of the boiler is working correctly, it’s not essential to replace the PCB.
If the PCB is affecting the operation of the boiler, the PCB will need to be replaced. The problem is, a PCB for a Worcester RI is going to cost a few hundred pounds to replace.
Again, the big issue here is without a PCB, you’ll not be able to run any diagnostics if any other problems occur.
For those that own an old boiler that’s out of warranty, it makes sense to invest in a new boiler with a long warranty; a PCB replacement can be upwards of £400.
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No Blue Light: Power on Indicator
The blue light on a Worcester RI indicates that the boiler has power. If there is no blue light, there are a few explanations.
Worcester suggest turning off the boiler, unplugging from the mains and then firing it back up after a few seconds. This acts as a basic reset for an RI boiler.
Explanation 1: LED Failure
Same as the “no green light” LED failure explanation above.
Explanation 2: PCB Failure
Same as the “no green light” PCB failure explanation above.
This is likely to be the case if there are no lights on your Worcester boiler.
Your two options are to repair the PCB at a cost of £400+, or replace the whole appliance.
If the boiler is fairly new and all other parts are in good condition (gas valve, pump, heat exchanger etc), then a repair is likely to be most cost effective.
However, if it’s constantly failing, it might be worth considering a replacement with a long warranty. You can get a fixed price online for a new Worcester Bosch using this form on Heatable’s website. They supply and fit Worcester boilers at incredibly low prices.
Explanation 3: Socket Failure
There may be a problem with the socket. Check a few other electrical appliances to see if they work, using the same socket that the boiler is usually plugged into.
Blue Light Flashing: Service Mode Selected
If your Worcester Greenstar RI has a blue light flashing, the boiler is probably in service mode — something all Worcester RI boilers have. This flicks the boiler into a mode suitable for measuring flue gases during a service. If the service mode is selected, you’ll see a blue flashing light that pulses or 3-5 times.
Explanation 1: Switch Accidentally Selected
Some newer Worcester RI boilers have the service mode button on the front of the boiler. Check you’ve not accidentally knocked the switch selecting the service mode.
Explanation 2: Switch Not Returned to Correct Position By Engineer
Older Worcester RI boilers tend to have the service switch behind the control panel. When an engineer services the boiler, they’ll use the tool (usually placed next to the switch) to flick the switch on. When they’ve finished, they should flick it back.
Blue Light Flashing: Issues with Gas Supply, Flue or Condensate
If the service mode isn’t on, a Worcester boiler with a blue light that’s flashing might have a problem with the gas supply, flue blockages, or the condensate unit.
Explanation 1: Gas Supply
The blue light on an RI will flash when it detects no gas supply, or low pressure. A range of things, such as a faulty gas valve, could cause this problem. Since this issue relates to gas, contact a Gas Safe engineer straight away.
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Explanation 2: Flue Blockages
Another common reason you’ll see a Worcester boiler with its blue light flashing is a blockage in the flue. Check the flue for accumulated debris, but also for damage. A gas engineer will be able to replace a flue (where necessarily) cheaply.
Explanation 3: Condensate Blocked
This is typical in the colder months. A condensate pipe can easily freeze, causing the blockage and the blue light to flash. However, sometimes a build-up of debris can be causing the blockage instead of ice.
As we’ve mentioned, you can get a boiler repair company to help fix any problems you’re having with your Worcester RI boiler. Or, work out the costs associated with a new install, using Heatable’s boiler calculator.