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one pipe steamMy contractor wants to install a Shipco condensate receiver with the replacement of my 450,000btu boiler,claiming longer boiler life and less "weekly" maintenance.
For three grand, it would have to save a lot since the old boiler is 30 years old and lived without one.
What do you say?
Pumps do not add lifeThere are reasons for a boiler feed pump. These include slow returns, not enough height on the returns to gain A dimension. Have you contacted a contractor from the find a contractor list at the top of this page? If you search by state it is best as many of us travel a fair distance to work on boilers. I for instance travel through out Mass and into surrounding states.Cost is what you spend , value is what you get.
Condensate receiver needed ?????Why not post pictures of your present boiler/piping so we can see what you have.
Has a radiator survey been done to determine the correct boiler size? Going off the old boiler will not be sufficient, and neither will a building heat-loss give you the needed rating.
Gravity return is best for steam, with a manual feed valve. If you must have an auto/over feed, then make sure it can be turned off for at least the first 2 months, to detect any abnormal water-loss, or install a meter, and read it!
Naturally, the replacement boiler must be piped exactly as the manufacturer describes, with no short-cuts in pipe diameter, or layout. You will no doubt need new main(not radiator) vents, and a 0-3 psi gauge to monitor their back-pressure, so you know when you have enough venting, to prevent short-cycling.-NBCThis post was edited by an admin on August 10, 2012 8:18 AM.
Probably not needed....I have removed so many condensate pumps or boiler feed pumps that weren't needed. Unless there is something wrong with the system, they are rarely needed. The typical problems with a systems that cause water to return slow are inadequete main venting ( steam doesn't reach the end of the mains quickly, so water can't return quickly), and plugged up return lines. Both of these should be fixed...... a return pump just masks these problems.The Steam Whisperer (Formerly Boilerpro)
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