Joined on August 17, 2009
Last Post on December 11, 2013
@ October 29, 2013 1:08 PM in Former Contractorpatient I will get back to you later on your Smart Valve problem. I am on the way out the door for a meeting will be back early this evening. Sorry!
@ October 29, 2013 1:03 PM in Maintaining Heat Systemlooked at by a professional. One way to know if they are giving you a good service check, ask them if they are going to do a combustion test. If not then get someone who will do that test.
By the way it is not a good idea to change any of the water in your system once the system is filled and pressurized it does not let any air in so no need to bleed or change any water. That Bell and Gosset pump should be lubricated with 10W-30 oil and there are three locations for oil two on the motor and one on the housing for the impeller.
@ October 29, 2013 12:47 PM in co testingare outlined in my manuals and also Jim's companies manuals. Most instructions I have seen on combustion testing are incomplete. The problem is that if you do not test properly you may get an excessive O2 reading which then changes the entire combustion picture. There is much to learn that is why Jim's classes and mine are typically three days. Just buying a tester and thinking it will do everything for you is a mistake.
@ October 28, 2013 2:43 PM in drilling test holes in direct ventmean by the term direct vent. Do they mean mechanical exhausting with a separate vent for air and a separate vent for flue gases, or do they mean a concentric vent with flue gases passing through the middle pipe and air being drawn in on the outside pipe? The code makes a definite distinction between direct vent and mechanical exhausting.
The Alpine is a concentric vent appliance with separation for testing flue gases inner pipe and a separate test point for cross contamination outer pipe.
@ October 28, 2013 2:31 PM in Fresh Airof NFPA 54 National Fuel Gas Code? If so look in the "Air for Combustion" section. There should also be something in the I & O manual for the furnace.
@ October 28, 2013 2:28 PM in Gas heater and sewer gaswhen the furnace is running the pressure in the room changes causing sewer gas to come into the area. Call the local gas company to come and test the environment for a possible methane gas level. They have the test instrument to do this testing.
@ October 28, 2013 2:23 PM in The Blessed Technology of Fracking . . .am sure you are a very intelligent and articulate person based on your posting here. It would help folks like myself it you would "dumb it down" so we can figure out what you are really saying. I as a teacher in an adult forum have to very careful that my vocabulary is able to speak to my entire audience, please help us less intellectual folks to understand your discussion.
@ October 27, 2013 5:30 PM in The Blessed Technology of Fracking . . .South Western PA (part of the Marcelus Shale area) I have seen some interesting things come out of the ground in my many years growing up there, 1939 until 1957. It was not unusual for water from wells to have oil in the water, methane in the water (we used to light the water with kitchen matches), a lot of this back then probably had a lot to do with coal mining. They used to have six inch pipes coming up out of the ground burning off the methane 24 hours a day as it was dangerous to the miners. There was a lengthy discussion in my high school science classes concerning water back in those day and some of the brighter kids in my class actually did some science projects concerning water quality. Most of what I remember was that the water was okay to drink and at one time was reported to have natural fluorides which would prevent tooth decay (not sure about that one).
I personally used to drink water from an underground spring everyday on the way to and from school and we used to swim in a burning spring pond that from time to time a well placed match would light the surface of the water.
It becomes more and more apparent to me as I grow older that man will do what man will do, some will protest and perhaps be wrong some will protest and are perhaps right. The good book teaches us that after the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ here on earth God will create a New Heaven and a New Earth, I wonder if we will have corrupted it so badly that it will have to replaced. I should live so long.
@ October 27, 2013 5:07 PM in Gas conversion burner of choice for a Burnham V-905?are you referring to? The one referenced above doe not even have a page 9 ?????
@ October 26, 2013 2:28 PM in Gas conversion burner of choice for a Burnham V-905?who is reputable to install the burner. This back and forth about Burnham has gotten a little old. The truth is if you change a thermocouple from a Robertshaw to a Honeywell you are changing design and you are liable. There is an ANSI Standard for installing conversion burners it is Z21.8 2002 so go ahead. What is your location perhaps I could recommend someone?
@ October 26, 2013 2:18 PM in co testinghigh we shoot for less than 100 PPM air free? Have you clocked the burner to see what rate it is firing at, you can do that with the 1/2 foot dial on the meter and a stop watch. Check to see what the input should be on the rating plate for the equipment.
What is your inlet and outlet gas pressure to the gas valve?
Adjusting primary air to the burners will not do anything other than change the burner flame characteristic which should be a soft blue flame not roaring or lifting.
Sometimes just taking the unit apart and cleaning can bring the 200 PPM you were able to get after adjustment to less than 100 PPM air free.
@ October 24, 2013 10:26 PM in Gas conversion burner of choice for a Burnham V-905?Gas/Oil for a 905 in a church about a year ago Power Flame model C1-GO-10. If you want5 just gas I think a JR15 Power Flame would be a good choice.
@ October 24, 2013 10:13 PM in co testingas I have a training center and from time to time I run a class on Testing Design Gas Equipment. You would find it very helpful to attend.
@ October 17, 2013 2:33 PM in high carbon monoxide levelthis is an accident already happening !!!!
@ October 17, 2013 2:28 PM in Boiler adviceeach offering some different approaches to Modulating/Condensing boilers. More important is the contractor you are dealing with. Make sure he has done a heat loss on your house, has evaluated the type of emitters you have (baseboard, convectors, or radiators), can you side wall vent the boiler, how are you going to get domestic hot water and the list goes on???
@ October 17, 2013 2:24 PM in Need help identifying old Burnham Holiday Series 1 Boilerunder 70% efficiency as it is pretty old and besides it is a designed gas atmospheric burner system which runs in the range of 60 to 70 % efficiency if in good shape. However if it is running without any problems and you are comfortable take your time and do some research before looking at a new gas boiler. There are all kinds of boilers available with efficiency from 85 all the way up to 95% efficient.
@ October 14, 2013 2:43 PM in Gas fire pit will not stay lit......not sound very safe. I would either put in a pilot retrofit with 100% shut off gas valve or leave it inoperative.
@ October 14, 2013 2:21 PM in Burnham Holiday boiler - burners won't come onprofessional to take a look at it. If the decision is made to retrofit it over there are several options:
1. Convert to Powerpile using a Honeywell VS820A gas valve with a Q314 pilot and Q313 pilot generator. This would allow the system to be placed on manual in a power failure with gravity feed of heat as the circulator would not work. What relay do you have on the boiler?
2. A Honeywell 24 volt valve VR8300A with a Q314 pilot and a Q340 thermocouple.
@ October 13, 2013 6:05 PM in wall furnace flame recirculationmeant that products of combustion were being "recirculated" back into the room. Was this a home inspector? What did he advise you to do? Did he leave the unit shut off?
@ October 9, 2013 8:35 PM in Temco Prevent wall furnace partsRI. My number is 401-437-0557.
@ October 7, 2013 10:05 PM in boiler firing ratesrating plate of the boiler for input, determined by the manufacturer. Then it would depend on a heat loss having been done and a measurement of radiation and also type of radiation. The equipment should be set up with a combustion tester and fired at the maximum design firing rate following manufacturers instructions for CO2, O2 etc.
From that point different controls can control modulation (outdoor reset)
@ October 7, 2013 9:59 PM in Need new boiler and possibly water heateron the house? What kind of radiation do you have, is it all finned tube baseboard? What Model of Viessmann are they offering?