Joined on February 27, 2010
Last Post on March 9, 2014
@ October 29, 2012 12:45 PM in monoflo systemThe Taco is not a "direct" replacement. It has slightly different characteristics than the B&G. It sounds like you might have air in the one radiator that isn't working.
@ October 29, 2012 8:02 AM in SandyNothing but a drizzle in central NJ so far. Although, I slept through the last hurricane...
@ October 28, 2012 11:39 AM in Help - my pipes sank!If the opening in the floor is big enough, you can thread a new pipe or fitting on the sunken part and pull it back up. Then put a big vise grip or clamp on it.
@ October 27, 2012 6:16 PM in Need to replace steam boiler.If Steamhead can't make it out to you, I service eastern PA and would love to see your system and offer my advice. Rod is pointing you in the right direction. Now, you just need somebody who knows how to implement his advice.
@ October 19, 2012 6:47 AM in Loss of pressure across pilot solenoidWhat is the main pressure when the pilot solenoid opens? Does it stay at 6+ inWc? Do you have proper voltage going to the solenoid?
@ October 18, 2012 10:46 PM in glass gauge level too high?Thermocouples typically burn out prematurely due to pilot issues. The flame could be too strong, or cover too much of the thermocouple.
@ October 18, 2012 10:30 PM in glass gauge level too high?That's not normal!
The water feed shut off valve may be leaking into the boiler. Do you have a tankless coil as well? You want to eliminate this problem as soon as possible. The water should be about half way up the sight glass.
@ October 18, 2012 7:39 PM in Condensate accumulatorThat looks like it was made by Kellog Mackay. That open pipe may have gone to a mercury pot as an air seal. Do you have any more pictures?
@ October 18, 2012 7:31 PM in Short cycling during cool downDownflow furnaces are notorious for temperature related problems. Sounds like the heat exchanger is still warm enough to turn the fan on through the limit switch.
It could also be a bad limit. They tend to wear out after being overused in short cycle situations.
@ October 14, 2012 9:54 PM in Looking for plumber in Nassau CountyI'm in central, eastern NJ. I do work in your area. Follow my link and give me a call, or email.
@ October 14, 2012 6:26 AM in Gurgling / water build up/ spitting air valveHave you checked the riser size against the connected radiator load? You may be venting TOO fast. Frustrating, right? Venting too fast could lead to excess condensation building up too quickly.
@ October 14, 2012 6:22 AM in Tenant needs heatI'm in NJ, too. I'd be happy to help with anything you need.
I definitely think you need to assess the venting on all of the radiators, and possibly the whole system. It sounds like a total balance issue.
@ October 13, 2012 11:23 PM in WM SGO-3 short cycling even when t-stat is satisfied!The tstat goes to R and W without a jumper.
@ October 13, 2012 10:57 PM in Banging steam pipes need helpCan you check if the rads are pitched towards the trap? Any pictures?
@ October 13, 2012 10:21 PM in Banging steam pipes need helpWhen you turn the valves off, is it when the radiator is already hot?
@ October 13, 2012 10:09 PM in WM SGO-3 short cycling even when t-stat is satisfied!Disconnect the thermostat. See if it still happens.
@ October 13, 2012 10:05 PM in Worth upgrading?I'm in NJ, too, if you ever need onsite help. We do a lot of boiler work near you.
A mod/con will always be an immediate upgrade. You'll be going from 83% to 98% efficient with any good high end boiler. Plus the additional benefit of the oudoor reset. The ROI depends on the size of the boiler, and projected savings.
At the very least, I would highly recommend adding an outdoor reset to your current boiler for a quick and easy 10-20% reduction in fuel usage.
@ October 13, 2012 5:44 PM in Banging steam pipes need helpHave you had this problem in the past? Did it just start this year? Could be bad traps, or sagging pipes. If it just started his year, odds are that some traps went bad.
@ October 13, 2012 5:40 PM in Hot Water Loop to Steam BoilerDon't use that plumber!! Call a heating professional. Where are you located?
You need a bypass loop, at least, to maintain proper temperature in the pumped loop. A heat exchanger is not necessary on all applications.
@ October 13, 2012 7:47 AM in DOES ANYONE NEED ONE OF THESE?It does look similar to a Trane vent, except the female fitting instead of a male thread on the bottom, and the hex nut on top.