Joined on September 1, 2009
Last Post on November 12, 2013
@ February 23, 2013 7:16 PM in Can you sufficiently heat up a 60 gallon superstore with high limit at 160 degrees?and Hydrolevel reset aquastats do this automatically . And have LWCO functionality .
I tried something like this last year . I had my high limit at 150 on the boiler and my Superstor set at 130 ( summer settings ) . It does work , but it takes a looooong time for the tank to hit 130 when the boiler temp is so close to the indirect's temp . It's always better to ramp the boiler temp up as high as possible for the heater to recover faster .
@ February 23, 2013 7:07 PM in Rattling soundis to make sure each zone works properly and without the sloshing noises " before " the next technician leaves your home . I did this just the other day on an EK install . 5 heating zones and we ran each one to make sure the thermostats controlled the right zone valve . And to check there was no air left in the system . I actually crossed 2 zones .... No one's perfect ! :)
It really is not a big deal to " power purge " as long as the boiler relief valve is piped into a bucket and the hose being used to purge is in a safe place to handle the water . I hope at least one technician will get your heat going trouble free soon Mel .
@ February 23, 2013 5:01 PM in What causes good automatic float type air vents to leak?if you're just going to close it after fill up ? Would you cap a Spirovent or other type of fancy air eliminator ? You can purge a boiler with high pressure for a good long time and still have air in the system when it heats up . I know it first hand and it happens quite often .
Like Hot Rod said , a float type vent usually leaks due to crud buildup from the system . We don't usually add a cleaner to a new install . But we do purge hot , and don't open the float air vent till after the purge . Cause you know where all the system's crap is gonna wind up if you fill the boiler the first time and vent it at air vent on top of the boiler ................
@ February 23, 2013 4:51 PM in What causes good automatic float type air vents to leak?An EK ?
@ February 23, 2013 4:49 PM in 2013 Long Island BIG UGLY....who's in?????maybe 3 or 4 .
@ February 23, 2013 4:48 PM in Rattling soundThat's a new one for me .......
It really does sound like these techs have no idea how to properly purge a boiler .
Unless they're purging the zones with 20+ psi pressure , you'll have the sloshing sounds for a long time .
I never put bleach in a system and I'm not sure if there's any benefit to it .
@ February 18, 2013 8:36 PM in bad boiler installation?The side mount coil , is this a boiler you can use for steam or hot water ?
I'd love to see a triple pass , top flue ( maybe quad pass then ) boiler with a front facing coil .......
I'll never understand why most triple passer ports are on the rear of the boiler ........
@ February 14, 2013 7:09 PM in What business lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?by a longshot ....... Diversity is your best ally to survive the recession . If you weren't installing gas equipment along with oil , doing AC work , solar , generators , plumbing work ............. you were in for a rough few years .
Another .......... most people were not looking to upgrade their equipment while it was still functional . Who had the extra money ? And when they did , most of them wanted the cheapest price and lower end stuff . Coil boilers were our 2nd biggest ally !
@ February 13, 2013 6:35 PM in bad boiler installation?It's code here on Long Island for boilers with a coil . We install them on the cold inlet .
@ February 13, 2013 5:45 PM in Rattling soundbut do you have a Youtube account ? Is there any chance you can take a video with sound of the rattling noise and upload it ? I'm not sure if you can directly load a video on this website ....... Sound of the boiler running would be nice too .
As for the sound level ............ you might be right that it's louder than a microwave . But I'm not lying when I say at least 5 or 6 customers told us they didn't realize the EK was running .
@ February 13, 2013 4:35 PM in bad boiler installation?who said the boiler should be turned so the burner is in front . Looks like there's plenty of room . Even if the boiler has to be raised on blocks so the pipe on the left isn't in the way .
Whoever pinned the circulator , expansion tank and relief valve between the boiler and the chimney should be ashamed . Some of those parts will eventually have to be changed and they made it an all day affair .....
We are used to cramming a whole bunch of stuff in a tight space . Never have I had to cram anything anywhere where it was almost impossible to change a part or clean the boiler . Your particular boiler wouldn't have been my first choice since the coil is on the side , but it can be moved and piped so it's much easier to service . Wit the right crew who keeps the idea of servicing in mind . Please let us know what the company does for you .
@ February 12, 2013 10:01 PM in Rattling soundI do believe they are . Many customers have said they can't believe the unit is running when we show them after we're done .
Not for nothing , but I don't think your problems had much to do with the system itself , and rather with the installers and so called servicemen who worked on it after . The guy who thought the system didnt need a purge AFTER he took out the circulator , Spirovent and a zone valve .............. ain't much of a serviceman .
I'm sorry for all the problems you've been having with the system . It's kinda ludicrous to think all the troubles since day one are from a lack of a good purge ......... But that's what it sounds like .
@ February 10, 2013 10:03 AM in Hot water off steam boiler controlsa relay controlling the extra water zones and circulator . The relay should have an extra set of contacts that is also wired into the aquastat and the TT terminals of the boiler . To limit the temperature going into the water zones . Zman is right , if the steam zone is calling you will get 212+ degree water into the other zones if they're on ( had one with 240 degrees from a zone off of a coil ) . A mixing valve is a good idea to prolong the life of the circ and zone valves .
@ February 9, 2013 4:35 PM in Short burn timesNot often and not consecutively either .
I never check but I can guess it's the boiler firing just before a call for heat or hot water is satisfied and it shuts the boiler down . Sometimes the run time is 5 seconds .
What kind of aquastat and how are the zones controlled ?
@ February 6, 2013 10:23 PM in Rattling sound
With your constant air issues and the changing of the circulator and the addition of the Honeywell air eliminator ........... I'd guess you have a leak somewhere . The rattling could be from the circulator , the zone valves , a globe or gate valve ..... Maybe even a flowcheck that might've been left over from the old system . Can you take some more pics of the rest of the piping ?
@ February 2, 2013 4:43 PM in boiler lockout cover - OK to keep locked?It should be easily accesible in case a technician needs to turn the boiler off or on while servicing . Kids hitting the switch ?
@ February 2, 2013 4:32 PM in Smallest Indirect?We had a 5 or 10 gallon size to try out . Not sure if they're readily available though .
I have a 20 gal. Superstor Ultra that works great in our 1 bath home .
@ January 31, 2013 6:12 PM in Pressuretrol setting question ......next time I go back to do a skim and purge on a system . My guess is it would cut back in at 0 psi , but that;s just a guess ..............
@ January 31, 2013 5:57 PM in Hey, John Cataneo!Hope your 44th is your best !
@ January 30, 2013 5:01 PM in Pressuretrol setting question ......What happens if you have a pressuretrol with the " diff " setting higher than the main setting , and the diff is subtractive ?