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The boiler is flooded

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The boiler water is very dirty

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The burner short-cycles

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The burner shuts off on low water

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The condensate- or boiler-feed pump doesn't behave as it should

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The fuel bills are abnormally high

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The pitch of the pipes is wrong

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The radiators won't heat all the way across

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The return lines are clogged

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The system is losing water

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The system is producing unwanted vacuum

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The system takes a long time to heat

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The water is bouncing up and down in the gauge glass

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There's a bad odor coming from the system

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There's no heat in certain areas of the building

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There's too much heat in the building

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There's water hammer in the system

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You can't raise steam pressure on the gauge

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