Joined on February 27, 2010
Last Post on March 9, 2014
@ February 1, 2014 8:27 AM in Can anyone identify this Radiator?Anywhere in Buffalo to host the next Steam Heat Advocacy meeting?
@ February 1, 2014 6:35 AM in Can anyone identify this Radiator?I see a prime time game show in the future...contestants will need to identify radiators, hand valves, traps, and air eliminators. The lightning round will involve putting all of those components together into one branded Vapor/Vacuum system.
@ January 31, 2014 6:33 PM in Oil to Gas Conversion EfficiencyDid they clean the boiler? Install the proper draft control? What were the combustion results?
@ January 31, 2014 3:55 PM in Not getting enough heat.You're asking the system to do too much. 72F indoor temperature is about all you can expect during these cold snaps, unless the heating system is way oversized. Sorry.
@ January 30, 2014 6:11 PM in I think I have a stream radiator. Definitely have a high pitched whistle problem!Looks like hot water from the pipe sizes. Although, it also looks modified, so who knows how it was originally installed?
@ January 30, 2014 5:33 PM in "Precise" Vapor Radiator ValveNever saw that one before. Pennsylvania is a gold mind of vapor systems. Looks like that valve has been wrenched on and off and few times.
@ January 30, 2014 5:08 PM in I think I have a stream radiator. Definitely have a high pitched whistle problem!Well, at least there's a "trap" on it.
Is there also a lot of gurgling sounds?
@ January 30, 2014 5:06 PM in Radiator ValvesIf you replace them, I'll buy them from you. I have a customer with a Warren Webster system looking to take out a few modern valves and install some originals.
@ January 30, 2014 12:08 PM in Steam Boiler Make-up WaterUnfortunately, Burnham has a reputation of leaking often and early. That being said, there is usually still a cause for it.
@ January 30, 2014 6:18 AM in Oil heat smellIs the smell really oil or smoke? Either way, the burner needs attention. Has it been serviced/maintained regularly?
@ January 30, 2014 6:16 AM in Steam Boiler Make-up WaterHave tou installed the same Burnham boiler every time? The piping looks okay. Not great, but better than an arrangement that would be damaging.
@ January 29, 2014 9:41 PM in Steam Boiler Make-up WaterAny pictures of the boiler and piping? Is this a one or two pipe system?
@ January 29, 2014 9:40 PM in Boiler Request Frequent FillingWhere in NJ are you located? I service the whole state and would be happy to assess the system and verify the leak or non-leak.
Feel free to message me privately.
We just went through a name change so you'll see "ecuacool" on a few things.
@ January 29, 2014 9:31 PM in Gas explosion on Staten IslandTypical media strategy. Give the news of the explosion first, and theeeeen slip in the reason why a few days/weeks later. Great way to scare people into buying/selling/changing/converting.
@ January 29, 2014 9:27 PM in Please help with banging steam pipes!Seriously....there are no good steam men in Buffalo? Isn't there a lot of steam up there?
@ January 29, 2014 9:20 PM in Steam Boiler Make-up WaterYou'd figure by the second boiler that somebody would stop and wonder why they were failing so often. For me, 1 to 3 gallons is max usage during a whole season, if you never drained the boiler.
Has the piping been changed with every new boiler? Is the piping correct?
@ January 29, 2014 9:15 PM in Boiler Request Frequent Filling25-30 years is about what you can expect from a modern boiler. A leak-free system should use about 1 to 3 gallons of water over the course of an entire heating season if you never drained the boiler.
If you keep the boiler, you'll be paying a lot of money to heat the sky. All of that steam going out of the chimney is steam that you've paid for. The system may also have a hard time keeping the temperature satisfied on cold days.
@ January 29, 2014 9:05 PM in Boiler Request Frequent FillingThere is no fix. The boiler needs to be replaced. Do you know the age of the boiler? Do you have a model and serial number?
@ January 29, 2014 8:47 PM in Boiler Request Frequent FillingThe water would turn to steam and go out through the chimney with the exhaust.
@ January 29, 2014 8:20 PM in Heating with an Old Octopus FurnaceDidn't you replace your furnace?
@ January 29, 2014 8:14 PM in Boiler Request Frequent FillingFirst...congratulations. Steam is a wonderful system to own, and you'll be happy once the system is happy.
Most boiler leaks are found above the water line. I have better luck with the overfilling test.
@ January 29, 2014 6:44 PM in smaller rads not heatingWell, let's have a look at the entire system. Any pictures of the boiler and piping? Main vents? Pressure?