There have been many modernisations made to caravans and the appliances you can install in them over the years. Whereas in the past, the idea of an energy-efficient boiler for your tourer may have seemed far-fetched, nowadays they are very common and popular. One of the most popular is undoubtedly the Alde 3020 boiler which is perfect for providing central heating and hot water to not just caravans, but also motorhomes and boats too.
Given how important central heating is to live on the road in the UK, you will want to make sure your boiler stays in good working order. If you have ever experienced what it’s like for your central heating boiler at home to stop working, you will be able to imagine just how serious it can be if it happens to your caravan boiler.
If that is a problem you are familiar with or you are trying to learn some tips before it happens to your Alde 3020 boiler, you have come to the right place. In the following post, we are going to briefly touch upon a common fault that we have discovered with Alde 3020 boilers and discuss possible solutions.
What is the Problem?
When you are at home, it may not be that devastating if your boiler stops working because you may have other means of creating hot water and staying warm, but in a caravan, it can put a real dampener on any trip you make, thanks to the glorious (what a joke) British weather.
If your boiler has stopped working, and you have done all the standard checks and tests like bleeding the radiators and levelling the caravan at the back and front to remove any airlocks there may be. You’ve probably checked the pump and if none of these checks provides a solution you may be wondering what else you could do.
Essentially you have a boiler that is heating up but not circulating the warmth throughout the system.
What is the Problem and Solution?
Generally speaking, unless you know of any other issues, it is likely to be airlocks the pump is still working, and nothing is happening.
This means you need to use something stronger than bleeding. There is a purging pump available that the dealer who sup0plied your caravan or any dealer for that matter should have that you could use to clear any airlocks that have developed throughout the pump.
After you have successfully purged the pump, it is recommended that you make sure the boiler warms up to a very high temperature as this will help to clear all the air through the header so that it does not precipitate and create another airlock.
This should solve the problem. If it doesn’t or you feel unsure about handling these kinds of maintenance jobs yourself, it is best to take it to a professional.
We hope this has been helpful to you and saved you frustration and a lot of expensive repairs. If you would like more advice about maintaining and troubleshooting different appliances, parts, and components of your caravan, take a look at the other great blog posts we have on Caravan Helper.