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Thermostat and humidity settings when away in coastal FL

@ June 5, 2014 12:25 PM in Thermostat and humidity settings when away in coastal FL

Hello we have a condo in coastal FL that we use several times a year. I am most concerned about mold, not temperature. What should we set thermostat temp and humidity to when it is unoccupied?
We have an Ecobee Smart Si thermostat that allows us to use ac as dehumidifier. Essentially, if I understand it correctly, when the thermostat temp trips the ac, the thermostat will monitor the humidity. If the humidity is above our upper limit, it will run the ac to decrease the humidity and continue to run ac up to 5 degrees below our temp set point. So, if we had upper level of humidity set at 56%, and temp at 82, when temp reached 82, ac would run until humidity was below 55% or until temp got to 77.
Thank you
Dave

Yes. I have since learned it is

@ May 10, 2014 3:09 PM in Using condensate pump to shut off Maytag MGF1RC furnace

A condensing furnace. And we do have central a/c. I have rewired pump into furnace so it will shut down thermostat if pump malfunctions. It just makes me nervous to think we could be away and with no heat in winter

That makes sense, but

@ April 9, 2014 7:22 PM in Using condensate pump to shut off Maytag MGF1RC furnace

What if I instead interrupted just the wire for the heat and allowed thermostat to function if pump shut down? My reasoning is that I have a wifi thermostat that would send an alert if heat was out. So, if pump malfunctions, furnace does not run but thermostat stays powered. Of course, this would do nothing to shut things down if a/c was on and pump died.

Pump

@ April 9, 2014 4:26 PM in Using condensate pump to shut off Maytag MGF1RC furnace

Jamie,
It is forced hot air. I like the idea of the safety, but we go away in the winter, and the thought of the heat going out due to a bum condensate pump scares me. I would rather have water on the concrete floor than frozen water pipes.

Using condensate pump to shut off Maytag MGF1RC furnace

@ April 9, 2014 1:52 PM in Using condensate pump to shut off Maytag MGF1RC furnace

We just moved into a house with a Maytag MGF1RC100C furnace. It is AFUE 92.1%. Looking at it, I noticed the condensate pump is wired so that if the pump malfunctions, it will cut power to the thermostat and shut off everything.

The basement is unfinished.

I have a couple questions. Is this a condensing furnace? Does it produce a fair amount of condensate when heating? Our Aprilaire 400 humidifier that should not normally drain water into pump.

I don't want the entire heating system to shut down if the pump malfunctions. If we were away in winter, I would not want heat to shut off and potentially freeze pipes. Is there a better way to wire it into control board of furnace? Maybe in series with Y wire from a/c?

Would a/c be the main contributor to condensate?
Thanks

Using condensate pump to shut off Maytag MGF1RC furnace

@ April 9, 2014 8:39 AM in Using condensate pump to shut off Maytag MGF1RC furnace

We just moved into a house with a Maytag MGF1RC100C furnace. It is AFUE 92.1%. Looking at it, I noticed the condensate pump is wired so that if the pump malfunctions, it will cut power to the thermostat and shut off everything.

The basement is unfinished.

I have a couple questions. Is this a condensing furnace? I don't believe it is. If not, does it produce a fair amount of condensate when heating? Our Aprilaire 400 humidifier that should not normally drain water into pump.

I don't want the entire heating system to shut down if the pump malfunctions. Is there a better way to wire it into control board of furnace? Maybe in series with Y wire from a/c?

Would a/c be the main contributor to condensate?
Thanks

Is Gasoila thread sealant sufficient to use with ¾" pipes for steam rad?

@ January 22, 2014 5:20 PM in Is Gasoila thread sealant sufficient to use with ¾" pipes for steam rad?

Hello,
I am going to replacing a cracked Govboard radiator with the equivalent Baseray from Burnham. It is 2 pipe steam.
The inlet and outlet are each ¾" threaded. I first tried using Gasoila sealant and yellow teflon tape (I only wrapped the threads twice). The tape looked like it just bunched up against the radiator and did not go into the threaded holes.
I removed tape and used a liberal amount of Gasoila and rethreaded everything.
Should this be sufficient for ¾" connections?
I am in CT, and the radiator is going in our apt in NYC, so I want to be sure before I bring it there and we have a problem.
Thanks
Dave

Shutoff works well.

@ August 20, 2013 7:33 AM in Can cracked/leaking Governale Gov Board cast iron radiator be repaired?

Last winter, i heard a sputtering sound and saw little jet if steam and specks of water coming out of crack. I shut off valve, and we had no water coming out. I may add more JB Weld at lower end of patch to reinforce it and hope for the best.

I'll mention it to him. It is a 12 story building with about 200 apts.

@ August 20, 2013 5:51 AM in Can cracked/leaking Governale Gov Board cast iron radiator be repaired?

But, what does this say about my repair? is the repair adequate, or will I get a steam leak? It held at 50-60 psi of water with what looked like one small drop at around 15 min. I then left hose attached and water off and did not see any steady drops.

We live in a coop in NYC (essentially a condo).

@ August 19, 2013 9:21 PM in Can cracked/leaking Governale Gov Board cast iron radiator be repaired?

The steam pressure would be set by building. I'm just wondering whether i should try to fix the crack a little better. As I had mentioned, I had water under about z50-60 psi in radiator for close to z15 min before I saw a drop of water. I assume steam pressure would be much lower, but old we see a leak in present situation? Thanks

So I hooked radiator to garden hose and plugged other end.

@ August 19, 2013 5:11 PM in Can cracked/leaking Governale Gov Board cast iron radiator be repaired?

Found three tiny pinholes in the crack that I had noticed. Filed down a channel, cleaned with acetone and patched with JB Weld.
Today, about 30 hrs later, I filled radiator with water and left hose on. water pressure is between 50-60 psi.
I checked radiator several times and saw no water. After 15 minutes, when I went to shut off water at hose bib, I noticed one small drop at base of where crack had been Again, this was at 50-60psi for 15 minutes.
We will be running low pressure steam through radiator. What do you think?
Thanks.
Dave

Thanks Rod

@ July 29, 2013 10:17 AM in Can cracked/leaking Governale Gov Board cast iron radiator be repaired?

I am the owner. I called Governale, and they said it is only a 1 yr warranty. I will try JB Weld. I guess it is worth a shot.

Can cracked/leaking Governale Gov Board cast iron radiator be repaired?

@ July 28, 2013 11:44 AM in Can cracked/leaking Governale Gov Board cast iron radiator be repaired?

We have a Governale Gov Board cast iron baseboard radiator in our apt. It is only about 5 years old and is cracked and leaks at the edge of the oval opening. Crack is about 1.5" long. Interestingly, this is exact spot where old one leaked.
Is it possible to bring this to someone who can weld it or otherwise repair it?
If not, does it come apart easily? Mine has 2 sections that look like they are bolted together in the back.
I have enclosed a photo of the crack. I have the radiator disconnected presently. Thanks
Dave

Here is a

@ February 14, 2013 7:40 PM in Do these Gov-Board (or Burnham Baseray) radiators comes apart?

pic

Do these Gov-Board (or Burnham Baseray) radiators comes apart?

@ February 14, 2013 2:02 PM in Do these Gov-Board (or Burnham Baseray) radiators comes apart?

We have a Governale Gov-Board radiator that is indentical to Burnham Baseray. One section seems to be leaking. Radiators is only 5 yrs old. Do these tend to come apart easily so I could change a section myself? Thanks. Dave

We live in a large apt building

@ February 13, 2013 3:18 PM in brand name for baseboard steam radiator (looks like Burnham)

with 200 apts. not sure what would cause it to fail. Just got new boiler a year ago.

So, do I

@ February 13, 2013 12:09 PM in brand name for baseboard steam radiator (looks like Burnham)

Need to just replace whole radiator? I guess there is no recourse as it is out of warranty.

When I called Governale,

@ February 13, 2013 10:57 AM in brand name for baseboard steam radiator (looks like Burnham)

They were not helpful. She basically said it shouldn't have failed but is out of warranty. Guy at supply house said he didn't expect it, but "sometimes they leak."
Don't know what else to do except either get new radiator or repair old. Here is photo.

Would it be possible

@ February 13, 2013 10:04 AM in brand name for baseboard steam radiator (looks like Burnham)

to rebuild radiator with push nipples between parts that were leaking? Are these rebuilable like older radiators? Thanks

Governale Gov Board

@ February 12, 2013 4:23 PM in brand name for baseboard steam radiator (looks like Burnham)

So I was able to read the name. It is Gov Board by Governale. Back in 2008, we had replaced a leaking one with this new one.
Now, 5 yrs later, it has a small pinhole leak coming from inside one of the slotted openings.
When I called the company, they said they only offer a 1 yr warranty. I would think cast iron should be warranted for 10 yrs minimum!
Will this tiny leak continue to get larger, or should I just wait to see? Currently, a drop of water will come out and dry before it even runs down the front.
Or is there anything repairable in it? The saleman mentioned a seal.
Thanks
Dave

brand name for baseboard steam radiator (looks like Burnham)

@ February 12, 2013 10:11 AM in brand name for baseboard steam radiator (looks like Burnham)

We have an old radiator that looks like the Burnham Baseray with oblong slots. It has so much paint on it that I cannot read the name. Does anyone know the brand? It looks alot longer than Burnham. Thanks

Water temps for hydro-air

@ October 22, 2011 10:14 AM in Water temps for hydro-air

Hello,
We have a Hydroair system with a gas-fired boiler and a buffer tank. The buffer tank has its own aquastat and is the only device that can cause the boiler to turn on. Currently, I have it set for 170 degrees for the hydroair system.
The boiler has a high fire burner and an operating burner. I have the high fire set to only operate when the outdoor temps are below 20 degrees and have had no problems over the previous 2 winters.
I have the operating water temp for the boiler set at 180 degrees and the high fire set at 160. So high fire burner will only come on if inlet water temp in boiler is less than 160 (and outdoor temp is less than 20), and boiler turns off at 180 degrees. Buffer tank stops calling for heat at 170 degrees.
I am trying to make the system as economical as possible while balancing comfort. Does anyone have advice as to what would be good numbers for each parameter?

Thanks
Dave
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