Boiler fan help please?

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Hi there. It seems like there are some experts on here so I wondered if anyone can advise me about my boiler, a Baxi Solo. The cover on top of the boiler has no screws holding it in place so it just rests on top of the unit, usually without any problems. However, we noticed that the boiler had not come on this afternoon although it sounded as though it had switched on normally. When I checked the boiler, I found that the cover had fallen onto the fan and that as the fan had been trying to rotate with the cover resting on top of it, a couple of blades had broken off. As soon as I removed the cover, the fan began rotating normally and the boiler fired up. However, I wondered if it is now safe to use as the fan has two blades missing? Will this affect the performance of the fan and/or the boiler? Thanks for any help, this has been a very reliable boiler, despite its' age and I really could do without any hefty repair bills at the moment
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  • Razor
    Razor Posts: 286 Forumite
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    Is this a WM series boiler?

    TURN IT OFF AND DO NOT USE IT!!!!
    Mine needed a new fan so that must be whats wrong with yours:D
  • Razor
    Razor Posts: 286 Forumite
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    Won't let me edit?

    The case seal on this boiler forms part of the combustion flueway. If it is loose it will allow products of combustion to enter the room which can be lethal.

    You need a recommended RGI that will assess the faults with the intention of repairing the boiler rather than replacing it.
    Mine needed a new fan so that must be whats wrong with yours:D
  • totalsolutions
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    Fan will "wobble" and be out of balance, causing premature bearing wear, so have a spare available in the next few months. As mentioned above refit the case with the securing screws. You can remove the case and look at the seals to make sure they are present.
  • gasmanmartin
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    Razor wrote: »
    Is this a WM series boiler?

    TURN IT OFF AND DO NOT USE IT!!!!


    Thats a bit extreme. It is the OUTSIDE case that has slipped down and damaged the blades that cool the fan motor. As long as the case has been secured properly then the boiler will run fine. As long as the inside combustion cover hasnt been disturbed (which being a baxi i doubt it) then there is no need for panic.
  • heating-eng
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    Razor wrote: »
    Is this a WM series boiler?

    TURN IT OFF AND DO NOT USE IT!!!!

    Why would you say that ???
    Thats a bit extreme. It is the OUTSIDE case that has slipped down and damaged the blades that cool the fan motor. As long as the case has been secured properly then the boiler will run fine. As long as the inside combustion cover hasnt been disturbed (which being a baxi i doubt it) then there is no need for panic.

    i agree with martin ..but to be on the safe side would always advise to have your boiler checked once a year ..
    X British Gas engineer and X BG sales adviser.
    Please don,t let this put you off.
  • barbiedoll
    barbiedoll Posts: 5,326 Forumite
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    Thanks for all replies. Just spoke to my boiler man who said that the blades on the fans often become brittle and break away and that I should take the fan off as it doesn't cool the motor very well anyway. He is coming to have a look in a couple of weeks when he returns from holiday but says it should be safe to use at least until then. Should I leave the top cover off if there is no cooling fan? And the boiler is only on for 2 hours morning and evening so will it be safe? Thanks again for all your help, it is much appreciated!
    "I may be many things but not being indiscreet isn't one of them"
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