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@ December 21, 2013 8:01 AM in baseboard on monoflo system

You either need to bleed the baseboard, or open a closed valve. You should be able to determine if the bleeder is on the supply or return. If it is on the supply, with the circ off, lift up the bleeder end of the baseboard while bleeding it. Air rises

damn close Phil

@ December 19, 2013 8:35 PM in Importance of combustion gas testing?

You gotta know where you came from to know where you are going


@ December 19, 2013 8:23 PM in purging hotwater boiler

You have a big bubble, or possibly a split loop. I prefer to purge as if it had antifreeze, and use a pump to work the air out. The more fresh water you add, the more air you will eventually end up with in the system. Also saves the back from the bucket brigade

Merry Christmas Chris

@ December 17, 2013 10:58 PM in Boiler Pressure Spike while under heat

good luck to you

I will add

@ December 17, 2013 10:56 PM in Importance of combustion gas testing?

I have always used my eyes first, and then the tester. I won't bother testing a flame that looks to be impinging, lacks air, or is too "clean". Nothing wrong with knowing what the right fire "looks" like. I think techs should know what to look for, and not just flip the switch and jab a Testo or something in a smoke pipe hole. If he tested and shared the results, I would see no wrong done here. All manufactures setting are starting points. I like to see that starting point, the adjust and test from there personally. 

if you can find

@ December 17, 2013 10:44 PM in Oil line flare fittings

Beckett part# 5669, that is what you need. It will be a Honeywell delayed oil valve, 2 nozzle lines, 2 1/8" brass 1/2 flare elbows, and the body mounting kit. How about going with Clean-cut pumps? Also you asked about the supply line from the tank to burner. What will the firing rates be per burner? You said there would be a total of 3. You may need 1/2" line

I thought so

@ December 17, 2013 10:38 PM in Beckett AF Problem

figured it was the cad cell relay, but missed that it was a steamer, so asking about "T-T" must have been out of left field. Good luck


@ December 17, 2013 10:34 PM in One Pipe system - water hammer/lots of water from vents

am I seeing Taco oo7, and extrol tank? Is one a steam, and the other forced H/W?


@ December 15, 2013 4:47 PM in Beckett AF Problem

How is the "T-T" wired, or is it jumped? I would say bad 8184G. Go with a Genisys control. Jumping "F-F" and starting the burner will not trouble shoot it

do you mean

@ December 15, 2013 11:27 AM in weil-mclain WGO-4 boiler... can it do DHW?

does it have a tankless coil? If it is a WTGO-4 yes, if not, then it is a cast over. You can go indirect off that boiler. It would be like adding another zone.


@ December 15, 2013 10:47 AM in Hot water heat

it is monoflow, I would return it and get 3/4"

it depends

@ December 15, 2013 10:22 AM in Chimney Liner Needed for Oil Burner?

Is the chimney unlined? Has the unit been upgraded to one with a much lower stack temp? Signs of condensing? Any hidden plugs/caps up in the house where there was a stove? You should hire a chimney inspector, and not just a sweep to determine if it  is your best interest

fails to ignite

@ December 15, 2013 10:15 AM in Beckett Burner irregular trips

That could mean 2 things. Either there is no ignition on start up, or it just locks out occasionally.  Never easy giving advice just from a post. I am a Beckett fan, but like Carlin EZ-1 on certain units. They have come a long way from the old US Carlin, and 100 CRD's. I also like Riello, but they only run well on certain units. Also, non PSC motors with starting switches are not always easily trouble shot with an OHMs meter, and the new controls will not always help to trouble shoot by viewing the history. Sometimes you gotta just roll up your sleeves.

the energizer bunny thread

@ December 15, 2013 10:03 AM in System 2000 controler

I would say no. One power head per terminal

you should post this in the oil heat section

@ December 15, 2013 9:58 AM in Cad Cell Problem?

but I would say it is either a bad zone vave, or primary control. The cad cell eye will only lock it out, and not short cycle/on & off. I would call a tech. Pics will help also.  Good luck


@ December 14, 2013 4:29 PM in 10 seconds of oil smell when oil furnace starts up

crack in the heat exchanger? I would have it checked. Could be an inspection door, or clean-out access port, delayed ignition, rotted or disconnected smoke pipe, partially or plugged chimney, down draft, and countless other causes. Have it checked by a pro.

carbon build up

@ December 14, 2013 1:53 PM in Beckett Burner irregular trips

I also find that. It can be caused by a a few different issues. One is the gun adjustment, or "Z" dimension. The shorter the tube, the harder the gun is to get in and out. Many guys will loosen the screw, and pull it back so it will go in and out easier. Not good. Another is impinging, and another is from the flame floating away, and not burning on the endcone itself. This can be from low pump pressure, improper air adjustment, wrong endcone , defuser, etc. Beckett AF/AFG is an excellent burner, and like most others, will only operate as good as the last tech to service it

I would suggest

@ December 13, 2013 6:02 PM in Beckett Burner irregular trips

replacing the control to one that will interrupt the ignition, or shut it off after light off, if you go electronic ignitor. These do not like constant duty

I wouldn't

@ December 13, 2013 5:59 PM in Boiler Pressure Spike while under heat

add an isolation valve. Although nice when replacing an extrol, by just closing it with pressure on the system, it is only trapped in the tank, and you won't get an accurate PSI reading. Shut the valve off, and remove the tank. You will see what I mean


@ December 13, 2013 1:31 PM in Boiler Pressure Spike while under heat

It may be unlikely, but does the boiler have a tankless coil in it, or have an indirect? May be a pin hole, or even a bad feed valve


@ December 13, 2013 1:29 PM in Beckett Burner irregular trips

What is your pump pressure, and what is it mounted to for a unit?  Wrong nozzles, weak spark, draft issues,and improper air and "Z" dimension settings will all cause this to happen. What control is on this burner? One with a pre-purge, and interrupted ignition would be a big plus, as well as a post -purge.

Might still be bad

@ December 13, 2013 1:09 PM in Boiler Pressure Spike while under heat

I've had some that the diafram would not compress. Had air, but wouldn't release from the inner sides of the tank. I would first take the pressure off the boiler, to zero, then test the air pressure. Should be 12-15 with zero on the boiler side. Also, any change to piping? Is the tank isolated between a flow check and zone valves?  Pics will help
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