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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

burner woes

@ January 6, 2014 8:49 PM in Odd burner recycle @ startup since control replaced with R7284

this should have been posted in the oil heating threads. Most likely, nothing was wrong with your old control other than ignorance. Frank (steamhead) is dead on here. Not a good idea to downfire that much, and especially to not test combustion. When the ignition drops out, so does the flame. That is why it keeps recycling-flame failure. Have him re-instal your old control, put the correct nozzle back in, replace the cad cell and leads, and do an efficiency test. Carlin EZ burners are very user friendly, if you know what you are doing

set LO

@ December 23, 2013 7:05 PM in low and high water temp setting

all the way down, about 100 degrees. When the thermostat call for heat, it will heat to the HI setting-180 degrees. If no one will need hot water, you will be OK and save a couple of bucks


@ December 23, 2013 6:59 PM in L8124 to l8148 wiring question

Did you replace this to mainly make the boiler cold start? That could have been done by removing a wire without changing the control. You need to attach the ZR to the temp block terminal. There should be 2 screw terminals. One has a blue wire, the other a red wire. It should be the red wire that you want to piggy back it with. I may be 50% right, but been a long time. That is a lousy control you are upgrading to. If you do this, make sure the HI limit shuts the burner off. If it is not right terminal, it will go into steam

Heat exchanger

@ December 21, 2013 5:02 PM in Heat exchanger split after 4 years, misadjusted burner the cause?

Heil furnace says it all. I would switch to Thermopride.

filling boiler

@ December 21, 2013 5:00 PM in purging hotwater boiler

How goes the battle Ron? This is only after the boiler is filled, and there is an air issue that I will purge that way. I rather feed slowly with the feed valve at first


@ December 21, 2013 8:14 AM in purging hotwater boiler

You need a transfer pump, I prefer Wayne, 3 old washing machine hoses, and a 5 gallon bucket. Transfer the water, or antifreeze from the purger, thru the pump, and back into the boiler. Watch the pressure, it will hit 30 with no problem. The boiler drain hose is the discharge side of the pump, acting as the boiler feed, the other hose is suction from the bucket, the 3rd hose is purging into the same bucket. Don't let the suction hose pick up the air, keep them apart. You will need to regulate the pressure by opening or closing the boiler drain. Let it pump around for a while. You will hear it quiet down. I would also check for any splits in the loop. a kick heater, or any other convector that may be set up as monoflow. That needs to be bled manually.  Good luck
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