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@ January 10, 2013 4:38 PM in steam boiler conversion from Oil to Natural Gas?

What model boiler?


@ January 10, 2013 1:04 PM in decision time ... replace or new

You can ask Burnham if they will contibute the cost of repair into the new boiler.

It looks like there is nothing wrong with the existing piping, ad long as it is sized correctly.

Those vent connections are incorrect as well. The water heater needs to be closest to the chimney. Looks like a ling run, too. Maybe the boiler can be moved back a little.

I service your area of NY if you ever wanted another opinion or estimate.


@ January 10, 2013 7:12 AM in Unusual piping

I did not rip any insulation apart, but may do so when we go back next week. There are also a few risers where the Cross is capped off on the bottom, and another unusal pipe on the dry return. I'll snap some more photos later.

Unusual piping

@ January 9, 2013 7:33 AM in Unusual piping

I've never seen this before. Every radiator is installed off of a cross tee that ties into the dry return. My first reaction is that the steam will fill the return at the same time as the main, and possibly disturb the distribution balance. The house was built 1927. Any info on this arrangement? We're scheduled to fix some near boiler and venting issues next week. I'll take notes on which way the steam travels.


@ January 9, 2013 7:28 AM in Forced Air Furnace Issue - Troubleshooting and Identification

CO might not enter the living space if the heat exchanger is cracked. However, the furnace is still unsafe and presents a list of other issues. And most alarms go off at very high levels. They are not sensitive enough to detect a level of CO that is still dangerous.

Glad to hear that you had a good experience, and all is fixed and well.


@ January 9, 2013 7:23 AM in Help identifying, replacing main air vent

You can install a reducing fitting to fit the vent onto the existing opening.


@ January 8, 2013 10:17 PM in Slant Fin Steam Boiler

It all depends on the system size.





@ January 8, 2013 11:46 AM in Boiler sizing with EZ gas/intrepid

Go for the Carlin 201 for higher capacities.

You can at least match the boiler efficiency, or even do a little better.


@ January 8, 2013 11:44 AM in High Capacity Main Air Vent

Gorton2. It's the highest capacity, and highest quality main vent.

You should also lower your pressure to a cut in of 0.5 and cut out of 1.5


@ January 7, 2013 10:26 PM in Boiler not responding to thermostat, must be manually turned off

I usually don't go into NYC, but the city is full of good boiler guys that post here.

It could be as simple as a quick change of wire, or could be a bad control. It's hard to say without doing any tests. More than likely, it can be fixed without changing the whole system.


@ January 7, 2013 10:00 PM in new tankless coil question

Maybe the pump is not actually moving any water.


@ January 7, 2013 9:56 PM in Burnham steam boiler-strange pattern

Do you have any main vents?


@ January 7, 2013 9:44 PM in Boiler not responding to thermostat, must be manually turned off

I think that it could any number of things. The control circuit has several points where your symptoms could be caused. A good boiler guy should have no problem figuring it out.

Have you had anybody look at it? Where are you located?


@ January 7, 2013 8:40 PM in Boiler not responding to thermostat, must be manually turned off

My guess is that a control circuit is shorted together, bypassing the thermostat.


@ January 7, 2013 8:35 PM in Short cycling on new steam boiler

How was the boiler sized? Did they measure the radiators or just match the old boiler? If the pressuretrol is working correctly, I would look at your main venting, and suspect that they are not working or not big enough.


@ January 7, 2013 7:59 PM in Steam & Boiler Man with a Heart of Gold

Love these happy stories. Haven't heard a bad one here, yet.


@ January 7, 2013 11:38 AM in Combustion Analysis hard to find

Happy to hear! I hope that we can help you out, and prove that we really do know what we're talking about.


@ January 7, 2013 11:36 AM in Miller Oil furnace - looking to convert to gas (Mobile Home)

The instruction manual will tell you what screws to tighten, but will not tell you anything useful about the gas, air, and vent adjustments necessary to ensure that the furnace will be safe.

We don't discuss pricing here. You can contact a local supply house for the burner.


@ January 7, 2013 10:59 AM in Combustion Analysis hard to find

I service Brick, and I can do a full combustion analysis for you. Give us a call. 732-494- HELP


@ January 7, 2013 7:01 AM in First floor 67, top floor 80

Sounds like you need to better balance th system with radiator venting. Do you have a layout and sizes of all of the radiators? We can lead you in the right direction,


@ January 7, 2013 6:55 AM in Hello and a question....

Can you run a small radiant floor zone in the bathroom? Or install a towel warmer that heats the space as well?
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