Turbomax boiler leak

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    I have a Vaillant TurboMax with a slow leak inside the combustion box at the union of the right hand side of the main heat exchanger. The leak is small as the pressure drops very, very slowly (I only found out about it by seeing water marks). There is evidence of limescale on the flood of the combustion chamber and some evidence of water seeping out along the bottom right hand edge of the combustion chamber. The wall of the chamber is folded over at the bottom by about 1cm and rivetted to the base plate, so water has seeped (very slowly) between the two bits of metal along this side, between the rivets. There is some rusty marking along the wall-floor join on the outside.

    My RGI says the rules are that this means that gas can escape from the combustion (since water can and he says that there is a positive pressure in the combustion chamber) and therefore the boiler should be condemned and replaced. Is that reasonable?

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    which Turbomax? post a pic of the control panel so we can see what you have
     
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    The model is: TurboMax Plus 824E / TurboMAX VUW GB 242/2-5 R3
     

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    That is not a positive pressure boiler, get another engineer
     
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    Thanks for your comment. Here is a photo of the seam between the wall and the floor of the combustion chamber. There are signs of rust meaning leakage but to me, hard to believe that this could be a significant route for combustion gases and carbon monoxide to leak out (nothing showing on the CO monitor/alarm...), specially if the combustion chamber is under negative pressure?
     
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    Here is the pic
     

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    post a pic of the inside of the CC please
     
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    pics of right hand side and seam area attached. As you can see, the area inside has not been cleaned at all.
     

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    Well I hate disagreeing with any engineer that has actually seen the job, but it is a negative pressure combustion chamber, the boiler needs a good service but I wouldnt advise a new boiler on that evidence
     
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    Many thanks for all your comments. I will post back on the eventual outcome.
     
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    I think there’s one or two engineers on here that are based in Oxford, whether or not they can help you out?
     
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    It's quite common for those joints to weep. New o ring & possibly retaining clip (if corroded).
    Good boiler, keep it as long as possible.
    Better than Ecotec's.
     
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    Thanks to Dangee for the comment. I would like to keep to boiler for a while longer - it has done good service. And I see that I can get a pack of 10 "O" rings for £10...
     
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    There’s various sizes, make sure you get the correct ones :D
     
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    Following comments made on this thread I got another engineer to look at the boiler. Suffice to say that is has been inspected, maintained and is now up and running. Will ensure I don't miss an annual inspection again! Thanks again.
     
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