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@ January 8, 2011 1:43 PM in Numerous Furnace Problems

I only use teflon Redi-Rope on coil plates. Rubber gaskets don't hold up unless it is Gator matereial

my thoughts exactly

@ January 8, 2011 1:41 PM in Numerous Furnace Problems

I knew you would nail it Steam. I would also jack up the pump pressure, .85 70B, and prepurge somehow. Unfortunately the control is probably an 8182H or J. 

yes and

@ January 8, 2011 1:36 PM in Replacing combustion chamber question

be careful with the screwdriver as it will pull out the packing between the sections. The most important part of this kit is the front cover wall. this should have a dab of furnace cement between the two just to keep it in place until it is on right

That is a must Meplumber

@ January 8, 2011 9:08 AM in Testing primaries

New or old, they all need to be tested, and even timed for lock out. Something that I've carried over from the days of the stack control. They were 90 seconds max. Amazing that occasionally one would run minutes before it would lock out. 

If anyone will know

@ January 8, 2011 9:03 AM in Numerous Furnace Problems

Steamhead will. The Bantam burner is his specialty. If it is set up right, you should be more into the lower 80% scale for efficiency. It won't give today's units much of a run for the money, but 76% is not where that should be.  Also on that boiler, I would make sure the target wall is not falling forward. That will change everything. Steam? It's all yours bud.


@ January 7, 2011 12:21 PM in New vs Reman

Only specialty burner motors. I prefer new burner motors when common. I tried their Heat Chief when they first came out, but found them noisy, so I use Beckett's. Other than that, the prices and products are good. 

efficiency readings

@ January 7, 2011 12:17 PM in Numerous Furnace Problems

sound low for a "V" series Burnham. Can you post the results, burner brand, and nozzle installed. Sounds like a 4 section boiler.

I knew

@ January 6, 2011 8:04 PM in Numerous Furnace Problems

what you meant Jamie. As for a homeowner replacing a safety control, I would say hire someone. Nothing to gamble with. It will be a pricey control, but keep in mind it does it all for that system.

Nah Charlie

@ January 6, 2011 7:33 PM in New vs Reman

You could make some cash replacing my remans with new. I think we will Ok this time around, just a dusting I hope.I think you will see more than us. Was just enjoying seeing some bare ground. The dolly don't have 4 wheel drive. No doubt your work is top notch Charlie, otherwise you wouldn't be here and other sites sharing and learning

Sorry LLL

@ January 6, 2011 7:27 PM in Venting

I thought i would keep it simple. Tim has gotten into it in more depth. That should answer your question?

Sounds like the place to start

@ January 6, 2011 6:38 PM in Numerous Furnace Problems

is with a new service company. What does he mean that nothing can be done? It can be replaced. As far as the aquastat, that can also be replaced. These 2 parts are a whole heck of a lot cheaper than a new boiler. I would also have the coil plate gasket replaced in the off season. As long as it is hot, it doesn't leak? 

If Taco

@ January 6, 2011 6:33 PM in New vs Reman

Charlie, a Taco cartridge has a 3 year warranty where the circ itself is 1 year. The thing is the cartridge is almost the same as a complete pump. That is pretty much the reason I rarely change just the cartridge. 

double post

@ January 6, 2011 6:27 PM in Water hammer issue



@ January 6, 2011 6:26 PM in Water hammer issue

Sounds like an end switch issue. I have been there with these valves. They are poor knock offs of a Honeywell

Erie Z/V's

@ January 6, 2011 6:25 PM in Water hammer issue

are no good in my book. They are probably the cause. I have had end switch issues with some. Sounds like the circ is still pushing when the valve is closing or closed.

it must no be gravity fed

@ January 6, 2011 6:20 PM in Beckett AFG - PUFF noise

If you are sucking air, it must not be gravity fed. If it is gravity fed, you'd see some leaks. I would change your filter again gaskets and all, pump strainer if you have one, and nozzle. Check flow if gravity fed also. Could be something in the line or valves at the tank restricting flow. Vacuum test will tell you what's going on

I use

@ January 6, 2011 6:16 PM in New vs Reman

reman controls, circulator motors, bearing assemblies, and any other hard to find parts. The warranty is twice the original manufacture at 1/2 the cost in most cases. Sids rule in my book


@ January 6, 2011 6:14 PM in Venting

A powervent is a motorized vent that pulls the exhaust out complete with timer relays and safety controls to prevent the unit from firing should the motor not pull a negative draft. A direct vent uses a blower (burner if oil fired) to push the exhaust out complete with post purge timer relay. Draft inducer would be to a chimney vented appliance that has poor breech draft, or a long run of pipe.  Hope this helps

We try Todd

@ January 4, 2011 8:13 PM in Riello/Buderus G115

Maybe it's so damn cold there that it hasn't shut off yet, so start up no longer a problem

I think

@ January 4, 2011 7:15 PM in Carbon Monoxide Urgent

Most service personnel do whatever is necessary to protect their customers. I always look for co detectors and smoke alarms, check their location and advise that batteries need replacing, and obsolete detectors be upgraded. I don't think we are the police for these detectors, nor should we be, just being mindful. Obviously any venting/combustion issues need to be remedy by service personnel related to their field. 


@ January 4, 2011 6:57 PM in Unusual "Water Hammer"

is there a by-pass on this boiler?

I'd check

@ January 4, 2011 6:55 PM in Unusual "Water Hammer"

power heads and end switches, and make sure the valves are running the right direction. I have seen them in backwards and when they close, they do bang, especially if another zone is still pushing. Excessive boiler temp, and boiler feed valve, if on, can do it also. I'm sure you have left no stone unturned, but those noises that never occur while you are there, is why we are all gray haired.
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