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@ February 23, 2014 4:59 PM in Energy Kinetics- System 2000 Keep shutting off.

That is what you still have going on. By turning the switch off then back on resets the manager from diagnosis mode. Is the heat circulator running, and the zone valves open? It should go into freeze protection mode when off on safety. When was your last cleaning? Did he leave any combustion results there?


@ February 18, 2014 4:34 PM in new at the wall

There is a wealth of knowledge here for sure


@ February 18, 2014 4:32 PM in Bell and Gossett 100 mystery sounds

If you have a Sids close by, pick up a 156A spiralink coupling. You also should not need to replace the motor mounts if you use it. You will know if it is over oiled, it will leak out. Don't be afraid to put the oil to it

I think

@ February 2, 2014 3:28 PM in New Boiler can't keep up

someone was afraid to update everything when they replaced the boiler. A Taco 110 is a great circ, but can't see that it was installed new in 1999, nor the extrol tank, or many of the other things there. The wiring looks like a rat's nest, and a plus would have been to go with fast acting zone valves, get rid of the old Flair valves, and so on. I don't mean to pick your system apart, but sad that there are so called installers out there that charge a lot of $$$ for little to no work or product involved

aquastat settings

@ February 2, 2014 10:59 AM in Hot water not so hot...

Where are they set? Tankless coils are rated at 200 degrees. You should be LO 180 degrees, and close to 200 degrees HI limit with a tankless coil that has a mixing valve. You cut drop the Lo to about 160 in warmer weather, but winter setting, it needs to be closer to 180

sounds like

@ February 2, 2014 10:54 AM in Oil heat smell

a warm air furnace. Chances are oil was spilled, or not properly collected by means of a bleed hose when he bled the pump. Try cleaning and treating the burner/blower compartment. Next step is to call a pro. Could be a crack or hole in the heat exchanger, or possible just a delay in the ignition

another thing

@ February 2, 2014 10:44 AM in changing a garber filter

looks like your shut off is an old leaking Fireomatic valve. If there is another valve before it, us it, if not, after you rotate the wheel to where it is almost off, gently tap down on the stem with the wheel still on it, of have a tech do it and replace the valve while they are at it

instal a vacuum gauge

@ February 2, 2014 10:41 AM in changing a garber filter

where that 1/4" plug is. When the vacuum reaches about 5, replace it. Another word of advice, if those plugs are overtightened, they do make hairline cracks in the housing

might contribute

@ February 2, 2014 10:38 AM in New Boiler can't keep up

I didn't think those garbage Flair purge and balance valves still existed. They were popular in the 70's. They were spring loaded, as you rotate the knob, they would become a butterfly valve, then pop open. Often times they wouldn't close

Where is the supply line connected?

@ January 27, 2014 7:52 PM in Oil lines frozen help

Top or bottom? You also need either "Hot", or "Superheat" additive. If it frozen and not gelling, you have a water problem

all good advice here

@ January 27, 2014 7:47 PM in How to clean underground oil tank?

I have also found copper supply lines that have coiled upwards. Had another one that was 1000 gallon thank, and would run out at 1/2 tank. I would get rid of it, and instal one above ground

treating outside tanks

@ January 27, 2014 7:41 PM in Oil lines frozen help

we start treating them in October, and every delivery after that. No problems. We used to offer Kero for those, but it is far too pricey now.

Wayne pumps

@ January 27, 2014 7:39 PM in What's the best way

I found the to be the best. Remove a gallon, mix it together in a 5 gallon bucket, and pump it back in


@ January 27, 2014 7:34 PM in Coin Vent key......

I find them very durable

Happy Birthday Dan

@ January 27, 2014 7:33 PM in Happy Birthday Dan Holohan

Thanks for all that you do for the industry, and enjoy your day

how is

@ January 7, 2014 8:20 PM in System 2000 Converted to Gas with Carlin Ez Burner

the puff switch wired in?

looks like

@ January 7, 2014 8:15 PM in Reducing Coupling on Two Upstairs Radiators at end of run causing Problems?

3/4" pipe to me. I would like to see basement pics of the piping. If this is set up monoflow, it will and should work fine. Looks like 1-1/4 piping?


@ January 6, 2014 9:09 PM in Oil tank gauge replace

Steve is right. Unless the tank is totally empty, installing a gauge is best done by a pro, and I have even seen them twist them up like licorice.

ditto Bob

@ January 6, 2014 9:06 PM in Burnham V8 insulation

insulation won't do much in the way of increased efficiency here

age of boiler

@ January 6, 2014 9:02 PM in Cold Water coming out instead of Hot Water..When I need a hot shower...HELP

as stated, so much missing info. I would also add that if the water begins hot, and turns cold quickly, the coil could very well be no good

sounds like

@ January 6, 2014 9:00 PM in Reducing Coupling on Two Upstairs Radiators at end of run causing Problems?

you have a mono-flow system. That would be normal size piping for that. Has there been any change to the piping? Burner down fired when serviced? Radiators been checked for air?

always good to hear

@ January 6, 2014 8:51 PM in Thanks JStar/Ecuacool!

some praise from a customer, as this can be a thankless job at times. Kudos Jstar
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