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My ultra is leaking gas question

@ January 5, 2008 2:06 PM in ultra gas valve leak question

I was cleaning the condensate trap and I noticed a light smell of natural gas. I tested the boiler and found the the gas was coming from the air inlet silencer. What do you think is causing this and has this been a problem for the ultras. Thanks John

@ January 5, 2007 12:12 AM in W/M ultra bolt kit help

I went ahead and changed the bolts. The only problem I had was one of the bolts they sent had bad thread and I had to reuse one of the old ones. I'm sure it will be leaking in a few months. If you do need a kit I would recommend ordering 2 or asking for a couple extra bolts. I did get some air into the zones, no big deal. After reading the other thread about the leaking heat exchanger I checked that area and didn't see or feel any corrosion at all. This is the boilers 3rd season. There is no SS lining in that area as some have mentioned. I took a couple of photos; the last one is the area inside the heat exchanger that leaked in the other boiler.

sensor life

@ December 31, 2006 12:20 AM in CO sensors

Mark are you sure on the sensor life being from the date of manufacturing? I bought up a bunch of 2002 models before the switch over to the 2004 model. I called George before I bought them and he told me the sensor life started from the time the battery was installed and I was GTG. I still have about 25 2002 models that I save for people who have kids with breathing problems. Thanks John


@ February 3, 2006 12:18 AM in CO Experts model 2004

I called George Karr(the owner) and asked about the life of the co expert detectors and he assured me that the clock doesnt start ticking on the sensor life until the unit is turned on. When I heard they were stopping the 2002 model (a much better unit) I bought a bunch of them. I still have about 3 cases left. I haven't had any problems with the older units at all and I feel much better about selling them to people with kids.

@ December 19, 2005 8:15 AM in Should I set back this room?


Should I set back this room?

@ December 18, 2005 2:09 AM in Should I set back this room?

My family room is 500 sf with a cathedral ceiling. It is occupied from 3pm when the kids come home to about 10pm when we go to bed. I normally don't set back but this is a big room to heat for 17 hours a day with no one in it. This room has bb heat and is on its own zone. It has doors at the entrance so it can be shut off from the rest of the house. I have a high efficacy gas boiler. Thanks

@ July 23, 2005 11:56 PM in Refrigerator/plumbing question

You guys were right. Thanks for responding. I will try to the part on Monday.

@ July 23, 2005 8:39 PM in Refrigerator/plumbing question

Do you remember what the flow was??? I checked the copper tube, it has a lot of pressure, it then goes into a regulator of some kind and it comes out very slow. My wife says while I was at the store she noticed it spurting out for a few seconds (no jokes please) and then went back to a steady drip.

@ July 23, 2005 5:39 PM in Refrigerator/plumbing question

Do you remember what the flow was like? I have a slow drip. Was the water on yours coming out any faster? Thanks

@ July 23, 2005 4:31 PM in Refrigerator/plumbing question

I noticed I had water leaking into my basement; the source was the ice maker in my refrigerator. I was away recently and I turned off the water to the house, not sure if this caused the problem. A small copper tube runs from a pipe and goes into the bottom of the refrigerator. A clear plastic tube completes the run up to the back of the freezer. It is attached to the freezer by small clamp. Water was dripping from this connection, down the back and onto the floor. Inside the freezer, where the connection comes through to the ice maker everything was frozen over. There was a 1/2" of ice in the bottom corner of the freezer, under the ice maker. I disconnected the clear plastic tube and the flow rate was very slow, 1 drip every 3 sec. Is that normal? Any ideas on what the problem is? This is an older unit, around 1975. Sorry to come on here to ask but we are hosting my Dads 70th birthday tomorrow and I can't get anyone to come out for something this small on a Saturday Evening. Thanks John

@ July 17, 2005 1:41 PM in Supply houses selling to home owners

You are right

Thats who I've been calling

@ July 14, 2005 10:38 AM in oil burner ran dry, need help starting

They must be away or something. I got a hold of someone else who said they will be here in an hour, I have my fingers crossed. Thanks for the help


@ July 13, 2005 11:09 PM in oil burner ran dry, need help starting

I won't Thanks


@ July 13, 2005 11:08 PM in Supply houses selling to home owners

When I had my system installed the contractor gave me a parts list and told me a few places to call to order the parts.I paid for everything had it all delivered and called him when it arrived. I thought he was nuts until a pump went bad, I didn't even call him I called the supply house and got a new one and installed it myself. I never viewed it as something he should take care of. I bought a bad pump, not him.

Oil burner ran dry, need help starting.

@ July 13, 2005 10:32 PM in oil burner ran dry, need help starting

I'm house sitting at my brothers. He heats his hot water with an oil burner. The tank went dry. I have 5 gals that I put in but she won,t fire when I hit the reset. I tried calling several places for a delivery no one even returned my call. Can someone give me step by step instructions on how to get this burner fired. I have a wife and 3 kids with me and we are on day 3. Thanks


@ April 26, 2005 8:34 AM in High Efficiency and No Free Lunch

All I can say is that when I switched to the ultra I used 30 to 40% less fuel, depending on the month. Switching was one of the best things I have ever done!

I'm glad you tested &

@ March 30, 2005 10:54 PM in Today we saved a life...........

I'm glad everyone is okay. What was causing the flue gas to spill into the home?

I too have an ultra & base board

@ March 28, 2005 5:52 PM in condensing boiler

I love the Ultra I also see a savings between 35& 40% depending on the temps. that month. The out door reset comes with the boiler and it allows you to make many adjustments to gear the system for your home.

My guess

@ March 25, 2005 8:34 PM in Outdoor reset, customer not happy at all

would be the reading of the bill. If her price hasn't changed over 3 years she has saved. Gas has gone way up in that time period. I have an ultra and BB and I have saved between 34 & 40% of gas used prior to its installation. If I just looked at what I spent and what I'm spending now it wouldn't look like that great a savings.


@ February 24, 2005 9:09 PM in gas fired water heater vs indirect

The boiler itself, the water in the boiler at the point of shutdown and any water in the pipes leading to and from the indirect is all hot. Once the tank is satisfied all that heat is wasted, same as if it went up the flue. How many gallons of hot water does the boiler hold? Another thought, If you wanted to get water to 120 degrees on your stove top what would be the fastest putting the pan of water right on the heat of putting in a double boiler? Now I am pointing this stuff out as factors, that doesnt mean I wouldn't go indirect. In fact I did, last year, and I love mine. I just dont think you can take the efficiency of the boiler and say that = the efficiency of the indirect. John

It never gets to the hot water

@ February 24, 2005 3:40 PM in gas fired water heater vs indirect

Once the water temp on the indirect is satisfied the boiler shuts down. I still have 160 to 190 degree water through out the system, boiler & piping that is no longer needed. The "wasting" of this heat has to be calculated in the cost of heating your hot water? I guess this would be more of a factor during the summer months when the boiler is used exclusively for hot water. John

@ February 24, 2005 3:36 PM in gas fired water heater vs indirect

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