The Viessmann F1 fault code is a safety feature across the Viessmann boiler range, including the Vitodens 100-w and 050-w combi boilers.
It is very similar to the F0 fault and indicates that the boiler has detected a high temperature and has stopped the burner from igniting until the temperature has decreased.
The F1 fault is usually caused by low water pressure inside the boiler, meaning the temperature gets too high and the boiler goes to a lock-out state to prevent further damage.
It can also be caused an airlock in the heating system, a faulty pump, a corroded system, or a blocked heat exchanger.
When the boiler has cooled down enough resting your appliance will start the ignition process again. Sometimes the boiler will work for a short period, this is however unadvisable as the boiler has locked out due to excessive temperatures, and the possibility of causing further damage remains.
The Viessmann F1 fault can be caused by many different issues, eventually, all of them will need an experienced gas-safe registered heating engineer to properly diagnose the root cause and complete a boiler repair.
If the fault is caused by low pressure, or air in the system you can re-fill the boiler or bleed the radiators and that should get the boiler working again for a while.
If the pump or sensors inside the boiler are faulty, you’ll need to call a Gas Safe professional to safely repair the boiler.
If the main heat exchanger is blocked it will be a very costly and time-consuming repair, you might it find it more cost-effective to have a boiler replacement.
The Viessmann F1 fault indicates a potentially serious safety issue that should be investigated a Gas Safe registered heating engineer.
It might reset, but this not recommended because you could cause more damage and end up needing to replace the whole boiler, as a pose to just a part.
Often the issue is low pressure, and this can be repaired without a pro. However, there are many reasons your boiler will display F1 and the issue should be inspected, even if it does reset.
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