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  • Pete123 Pete123 @ 6:57 PM
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    Help! Boiler keeps shutting off

    I have a Burnham boiler that keeps shutting off. There is a small button at the back of the radiator near the exhaust vent that apparently trips the boiler to turn off and must be pushed to have the boiler turn back on. What causes the boiler to turn off and how can I fix? Desperate!
  • Jamie Hall Jamie Hall @ 7:13 PM
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    Manual resets

    are always there for a very good reason -- to tell the operator (you, in this case) that there is something amiss which needs looking into, often rather urgently.

    However, without knowing which of several possible small buttons it is that you are pressing, it is a bit difficult to tell what the problem might be -- only that it is serious enough that a safety device backing up the normal operation of the boiler is operating and telling you that something is very wrong.

    Can you describe it more exactly?  Or better yet, post a photograph of it?
    Jamie

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    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-McClain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • Pete123 Pete123 @ 7:20 PM
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    It is a tiny reset button on the outside of the boiler, attached to the vent. It is wired to the front of the boiler. Does that help?
  • HeatJockey HeatJockey @ 7:45 PM
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    reset button

    Without seeing the actual button, this is an educated guess:   It sounds like the spill switch on the flue pipe.  This trips by heat, usually because of a back draft on the chimney.  Sometimes caused by a blockage.  This should be inspected by a professional.
  • Pete123 Pete123 @ 7:20 PM
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    More clarity

    It is a tiny reset button on the outside of the boiler, attached to the vent. It is wired to the front of the boiler. Does that help?
  • Pete123 Pete123 @ 7:20 PM
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    It is a tiny reset button on the outside of the boiler, attached to the vent. It is wired to the front of the boiler. Does that help?
  • Pete123 Pete123 @ 7:21 PM
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    It is a tiny reset button on the outside of the boiler, attached to the vent. It is wired to the front of the boiler. Does that help?
  • Pete123 Pete123 @ 7:21 PM
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    More clarity

    It is a tiny reset button on the outside of the boiler, attached to the vent. It is wired to the front of the boiler. Does that help?
  • Pete123 Pete123 @ 7:21 PM
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    More clarity

    It is a tiny reset button on the outside of the boiler, attached to the vent. It is wired to the front of the boiler. Does that help?
  • Pete123 Pete123 @ 7:21 PM
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    More clarity

    It is a tiny reset button on the outside of the boiler, attached to the vent. It is wired to the front of the boiler. Does that help?
  • Pete123 Pete123 @ 7:21 PM
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    More clarity

    It is a tiny reset button on the outside of the boiler, attached to the vent. It is wired to the front of the boiler. Does that help?
  • Pete123 Pete123 @ 7:21 PM
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    More clarity

    It is a tiny reset button on the outside of the boiler, attached to the vent. It is wired to the front of the boiler. Does that help?
  • Jamie Hall Jamie Hall @ 7:24 PM
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    not really...

    can you describe the "vent" a little more?

    That it's wired to the front of the boiler isn't a surprise -- it's part of the control circuit for the burner.
    Jamie

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    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-McClain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • JStar JStar @ 7:22 PM
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    Boiler

    DO NOT KEEP RESETTING THAT BUTTON. SERIOUSLY!!!

    Call a pro. You have a serious safety hazard that needs to be fixed.
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  • GCK GCK @ 7:28 PM
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    Blocked chimney switch

    Sounds like blocked chimney switch. Can be very serious. Call a professional in.
  • Jamie Hall Jamie Hall @ 7:34 PM
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    Brain fade -- good catch guys

    Not being familiar with spill switches...

    You are right guys, and for the original poster -- turn off the power to that boiler and get a professional in before you even think about turning it back on.
    Jamie

    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.

    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-McClain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • Steamhead Steamhead @ 7:37 PM
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    That little button is a safety control

    which is doing its job. You have a real problem there which needs professional attention. These guys are right on- call a pro NOW!
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