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Weird fan fault Vaillant EcoMax

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by DPJ, 14 Jan 2021.

  1. DPJ


    27 Oct 2017
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    United Kingdom
    Hi, thanks for looking... all advice / thoughts gratefully received!

    Have an old Vaillant EcoMax 286 boiler that has had a strange intermittent fault over the past month.

    About a month ago, it wasn't firing up and after a reset, came up with error F30 which is 'lack of air flow through appliance'. Did the diagnostics on it and it said fan speed should be 300, but was 170. Then, while in the fan speed screen, it changed from 300 to 220 (instructions say required speed and actual speed need to be within 20 of each other), and fired up. It kept failing over the next day or so and we were about to call for help, when I tapped the control panel and it all suddenly started working!

    Subsequently it's been fine until tonight (5 weeks later) when it did the same thing. Again, fan speed too low to start. I tapped the panel in the same place and it started working again and has been fine since.

    Basically, we know it's probably on its last legs, but is this something that anyone's had experience of? Do we need to get it sorted ASAP or is it likely to be a slow death over the next couple of months, which would make replacing it infinitely easier as we'd hopefully be out of lockdown?

    Any thoughts?

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  3. muggles


    28 Oct 2005
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    United Kingdom
    Could be a dry joint on the PCB. New PCBs are readily available, and the EcoMax is a decent boiler. I wouldn't be in a huge rush to change it.
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