Last updated on September 17th, 2023
A Worcester boiler leaking water can cause your boiler to not fire up, rust or become dangerous.
I have been fitting and fixing boilers full-time for over a decade and have repaired many leaking Worcester boilers.
In this post, I’ll share some of what I have learned over the years from my on-the-job leak repair experiences.
Worcester Boiler Leaking Water From Underneath
There are many places a Worcester Bosch boiler can leak water from, but it’s almost always leaking from underneath.
A Worcester boiler leaking water from underneath doesn’t mean the leak is at the bottom of the boiler though. The leak could be at the top of the boiler but collects in the bottom of the boiler before dripping out underneath.
The best way to find out where a leak is coming from is to keep checking as high as possible to look for signs of water because where it’s dripping from is not usually where it’s leaking from.
Common Worcester Boiler Leaks
Certain Worcester boilers have certain recurring problems which typically get fixed by Worcester when they make a new boiler or update a faulty part.
Here are some common recurring Worcester-specific boiler leaks I come across:
- Flow turbine adaptor
- Flow unit left-hand block
- Right-hand block
Flow Turbine Adaptor
A Worcester Bosch combi boiler leaking water on the right-hand side is usually a sign that the plastic flow turbine adapter on the hot water is damaged and needs to be replaced.
This is a cheap part, which I always have on the van, but it can be awkward to replace.
Although the flow turbine adapter is on the right-hand side of a Worcester boiler, the water could be running along the pipes and leaking out of the boiler on the left-hand side.
Flow Unit Left-Hand Block
The flow unit left-hand block is a black plastic unit that gets pinhole leaks in it. This means it needs to be replaced ASAP.
This water is hard to see spraying out but it will create a large drip from the bottom of your Worcester boiler.
Worcester Boiler Pipe Leaking
When you have a Worcester boiler pipe leaking water you will need to do one of these things:
- Tighten the nut if it’s on a compression fitting
- Resolder the fitting
- Replace the section of pipe
- Solder a patch fitting on
Worcester Boiler Leaking Water From Overflow Pipe
A Worcester boiler leaking water outside means the pressure relief valve is leaking out of the blow-off or overflow pipe.
The pressure relief valve leaking is usually a sign of other problems causing it to leak but it often means you will need to replace the pressure relief valve.
You should make sure you find and fix any other problems before replacing it or it will just leak again.
Worcester Boiler Condensate Pipe Leaking
A Worcester boiler condensate pipe leaking out of the end outside is normal but if it’s leaking from a fitting inside the house then this could potentially be dangerous.
A frozen boiler condensate pipe can cause it to leak sometimes but condensate water is acidic and eats away at copper and brass which is why they have to be plastic.
If you have a boiler condensate pipe leaking onto a copper pipe, especially gas, then this should be fixed as soon as possible.
Worcester Boiler Filling Loop Leaking
A Worcester boiler filling loop leaking usually means it needs to be replaced.
You can tighten the nuts up if it’s leaking from them but you will probably need to replace the boiler filling loop or filling loop valve.
Worcester Boiler Flue Leaking Water
A Worcester boiler flue leaking water is typically a sign it’s not fitted correctly.
A condensing boiler creates condensate wastewater which is created from the flue gases.
This wastewater needs to run back into the boiler condensate trap via the flue which is why the flue needs to be pointing slightly up and away from the boiler.
If the flue is pointing slightly down (or even straight), the condensate will drip out of the end of the boiler.
If the boiler flue is leaking from anywhere else, e.g. a flue connection, this will need to be looked at and fixed by a gas engineer as soon as possible.
Worcester Boiler Leaking Gas
If you can smell gas coming from your boiler then you will probably have a boiler gas leak which needs to be fixed ASAP!
You should turn off the gas at the gas meter if you can, and call your local Gas Safe registered engineer to book an appointment or call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.
Worcester Boiler Problems
Here are some other common Worcester boiler problems you can learn about:
- Worcester boiler not firing up
- Worcester boiler no hot water
- Worcester boiler condensate trap cleaning
- Worcester boiler pressure
- Worcester boiler timer replacement
An old Worcester boiler leaking water may be a sign the boiler is on its way out and needs to be replaced soon.
A boiler leaking brown water typically means you have a dirty heating system which is causing problems and a good sign you need to flush the heating system after fixing the leak.
If you have a boiler leaking from any type of compression connection. e.g. a leaking boiler valve on the flow or return, or a boiler drain valve, you should try tightening the nuts with an adjustable spanner.
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Worcester Boiler Leaking Water FAQs
If I turn my Worcester boiler off will it stop leaking?
No, your Worcester boiler will most likely not stop leaking if you turn it off. If it’s leaking condensate water, then it will eventually stop leaking as the boiler will not be producing any condensate.
You should turn the water supply off to your Worcester boiler if it’s leaking, as this will stop the leak if it’s on the hot water parts on the boiler.
Is a leaking Worcester boiler an emergency?
A leaking Worcester boiler can be an emergency but most of the time it’s not.
Depending on exactly where the leak on the Worcester boiler is coming from, a leaking boiler can sometimes cause the boiler to not fire up when the pressure drops which could be seen as an emergency in the winter.
If the condensate pipe is dripping onto a gas pipe, the acidic condensate wastewater will eat away at the copper and brass and cause a dangerous gas leak emergency.