Getting on grips to
your boiler controls would definitely pay you back by keeping you cozy and
making it easier to control your energy costs. To make sure you have a good
hold on the topic we have presented a brief guide to using the timer on the
boiler and how to fix a timer on a boiler.
How a boiler timer works?
You might not find all
the boiler timers to be same. However the basic role of timers or programmers
is to allow you to determine the times at which your heating and hot water
switches on and off, their functions can definitely vary on the type and model
of appliance you have. Having a timer means that you can set your heating to
settle with the needs of your household in order to maximize comfort and cost
Most of the modern
timers and programmers are made to be digital that feature a small screen as an
interface while on the other hand, the older systems are mechanical that are
made to be controlled using a dial.
The mechanical timers
are designed to cater you with 3 basic options when it comes to control your
heating. They let you switch your boiler off, put it on a continuous setting or
program it to turn on and off at set times each day.
While in contrast the
modern timers are made to serve you with a number features that allow you to set
different heating patterns for different days of the week in order to cater you
with the maximum control over the temperature of your home.
What do the different settings on my timer mean?
On the basis of the
timer or programmer you are running, you might see a number of settings or
options displayed and you cannot be sure every time about what each of them
means. We have mentioned a few common displays that you would find on almost
all the boilers.
- 24hrs/On – Your
heating will remain on constantly until you turn it off.
- Off – Your
heating will stay off until you switch it back on.
- Auto/Twice –
Your heating will turn on and off during each 24-hour period according to the
times you have set.
- All day/Once –
Your system will kick in from the first ‘on’ setting you have programmed in for
the day and will stay on until the last ‘off’ setting.
- +1hr/Boost –
Your heating will come on for a boost of warmth lasting one hour.
- Advance – This
moves the timer to the next ‘on’ or ‘off’ setting in the programmed daily
How to set boiler timer pins?
The mechanical timers
feature small pins there around the edge of the dial that can be moved in or
out. Each pin is made to represent a 15 minute time period. To begin using the
system, you first need to make sure that you set the correct time by turning
the dial until the hands show the right time of the day. Now simply slide the pins in at the times you want
your heating to come on and leave them out when you want your boiler to be off.
How to set the digital timer on your boiler?
Exactly like the
mechanical timer, you first need to make sure that the clock is showing the
correct current time while setting a digital timer. While most of the modern panels
are made to set the time automatically but if in case yours doesn’t then you
would have to adjust it yourself on the basis of the instructions served.
How to turn off a timer on a boiler?
You are catered with a switch to turn your boiler on
or off on the continuous setting, which means it would stay on until you decide
to put it off. In case of a modern boiler with thermostatic controls, you can
also set the appliance to heat your home to a particular temperature, rather
than programming it to turn on and off at particular times of the day.
How to fix a timer on a boiler?
At times you might have
found yourself questioning as to why my boiler stays on when timer is off. Including
this, there are a number of other problems that can arise with the timer to
leave you scratching your head. While each of these are much easier to fix. For
instance, if the clock on your timer isn’t set to the right current time, this
means that heating comes on earlier or turns off later than you expect it to.
This particularly can be an issue when we switch to and from the British Summer
Time. Although some timer clocks change automatically, not all do. Therefore, to
address this particular issue, you simply need to reset the current time.
In other case, if
there’s been a power outage to your boiler that probably might have affected
the clock. Many boilers automatically reset to midnight, which can lead to
these appliances switching on at random times. Again, the fix for this is to reset
the current time.
If your timer seems to
have stopped working altogether then you could try resetting it to see if this
helps. If not, you are recommended to consult a professional help regarding the