How to Reset A Boiler
If a boiler detects a fault, it will shut itself down as a safety precaution (also known as a ‘lockout’). In terms of protection, this is an ideal way to stop unnecessary damage to your central heating system, though it can be frustrating if you’re not sure what to do next. Most importantly, you’ll need to know how to reset the boiler in order to gain back your heating and hot water.
Keep reading to find out how to reset a boiler and common reasons which may be causing your boiler to lockout.
How to reset a Vaillant boiler
For a Vaillant boiler in particular, you will need to follow the same steps as above, with the only difference being how long you need to press the reset button.
The reset button is located on the boiler’s display and will likely show a flame with a line crossed through it. You will only need to press the reset button for three seconds before the boiler resets and the display screen should change.
It’s recommended to always check your Vaillant boiler manual, as some models may have slightly different reset instructions.
Why won’t my boiler turn on after resetting?
Some boilers will take several minutes to reset or may even require two attempts. If your boiler doesn’t turn on after resetting, or the error code is still in place, you will need to contact a GSR engineer.
Why you might need to reset your boiler
If you’ve managed to successfully reset your boiler without any further issues, that’s great - you may have experienced just a minor error or fault. On the other hand, your boiler shutting down can be a sign of significant or serious issues which need to be addressed to avoid damage or further lockouts.
In particular, if you notice that you regularly need to reset your boiler, this should not be the case. Get in touch with a GSR engineer to find the reason behind the frequent lockouts.
How do you reset a boiler when the gas runs out?
If you’re on a pay-as-you-go meter, your boiler may have shut down as you have run out of gas. This isn’t a problem and the same steps can be taken to reset your boiler as soon as you have topped up your meter. In most cases, emergency gas can be added to your meter if necessary.
- Boilers require resetting after they shut themselves down for safety precautions
- Error codes must be addressed before resetting the system
- Resetting usually requires holding down a button for a matter of seconds
- If your boiler still doesn’t work after resetting, contact a GSR engineer
- Your boiler may need resetting due to a wider, serious issue which needs resolving by a professional