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Last Post on March 7, 2014
@ September 26, 2012 9:19 PM in Noisy Circulator pumpMake/model?
Sounds like you need a new coupler
@ September 25, 2012 1:38 PM in Radiant heat not working..cold area..possible pipe problemwell bled? I know it sounds obvious, but the loop worked before. Unless he pinched the pipe, or left something in it, some old crud broke loose and made its way to the circulator.
If you can, I would isolate and bleed the zone again, circulator off. If it gets warm, then you can eliminate that and check the circ, wiring, and controls (t-stat)
@ September 25, 2012 1:33 PM in 50's copper radiant system with a leak1. I would let the system get cold, then fire it up and use an IR camera to pinpoint the leak.
2. I would go in from the top. I cant imagine finding it from below, cutting the metal pan, then jackhammering up.
3. If it's leaking in one spot, I feel there's a good chance it's going to fail in others. Maybe time to run new pex, and I would do it in the ceiling.
4. If the homeowner just wants a repair, and they are doing new ceramic tile floor, tell them to buy double the amount and store it, for future repairs.
5. Sorry, no leak stop.
@ September 18, 2012 9:19 PM in Are Burnham boilers reliable? Other ideas for oil heating?And the contractor will probably insist, to do the boiler and the liner together. Depending on your local code, the contractor usually does the liner too.
Is there an option to power vent?
@ September 18, 2012 9:12 PM in Summer hot waterWhy is your boiler set for 180 to make domestic hot water? You could turn the low limit (depending on your control) down to 150 (for starters) and see if it keeps up with your hot water needs. Hopefully you have a mixing valve so 180 degree water isn't going out to your fixtures.
An indirect could makes more sense, depending on your needs.
Others here may suggest piping your domestic coil thru a regular water heater, so in the summer you can shut off the boiler.
Heat pumps are a whole different topic.
What kind of boiler do you have now?
@ September 13, 2012 2:22 PM in Installing Radiant in my garage, I have a bunch of ? head is spinning1. If your not gonna run any loops to the driveway for ice melt, or use the same boiler to heat a swimming pool in spring/fall, I would forget the radiant....and I love radiant.
2. Based on what you say your needs are...I would put in a mini split. You get heat and AC.
@ September 11, 2012 4:00 PM in Burned blast tube1. Make sure the boiler is really clean, including combustion chamber. It's a 3 pass, was it particularly dirty when you opened it up
2. Draft. If it's not correct you'll burn it up (like you see).
3. Insertion Depth. In too far, burns up. Although I dont think it's adjustable on this set up.
4. Flame impingement. How does the fire look with inspection mirror.
5. Combustion air? Got enough?
You have the right nozzle, the right pump pressure, what are all the combustion numbers?
Only other thoughts....Low fire baffle in?......Z dimension w/ conical shroud is 1-3/4".....burner must maintain 4 degree downward pitch..
@ September 11, 2012 9:13 AM in Post PurgeWhat type of equipment do you have? Burning/varnishing of the nozzle is more about proper burner set up, nozzle size, air settings and draft, not about post purge.
Yes 2 minutes is way too long without some special circumstances.
@ September 10, 2012 4:22 PM in 52 years married todayHope the next 52 are even better :)
@ September 7, 2012 3:20 PM in Honeywell zone valveit should, unless theres some corrosion holding it open, but in that case you would know that already.
@ September 7, 2012 1:42 PM in when to walk n when to runHi Clammy, I think we all get a peek at some turds...mail them the proposal of what needs to be done to make it right, (don't give them all the details or exactly how), give them your price. Then give them a second price, adding about 30-40%, telling them this is the new price when you call me in December.
At least you got to take a nice ride with your friend. Hopefully he bought you lunch.
btw, next time get the address, and look it up. For 65 miles each way, no freebie look for anyone.
Some people have thick skulls, and you'll never get thru. Case in point, have a steamy customer (his plumber friend does the service), residential house, puts 250-300 gallons of make up water a month into the system in the winter. Asked me to service it last year. 2 many things wrong, tagged it, told him it's a goner. His buddy came back, fired it up, and he still buys oil from me. Reason for not replacing--he's moving in 'a few' years, let the buyer worry about it...
@ September 7, 2012 1:34 PM in Honeywell zone valveif you de-energized before you slid the lever then yes. If you moved it over, and it still has power to it, then probably no.
@ August 30, 2012 4:05 PM in Cleaning a Monitor boilerAlan, is this boiler near the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz? Pic 5 has water running sideways....lol...just teasing ya. I was there last summer and it is wierd.
@ August 29, 2012 4:56 PM in ideas for heat near triple french doorDo you have the option to run a radiant loop to this room? Underfloor with aluminum plates, or above floor? If above floor is an option you can design the loops to wash the area in front of the doors with closer spaced loops. Of course youll need some boiler re-piping with a mixing strategy.
@ August 27, 2012 4:30 PM in Venting an old oil furnace...Whats the make/model of your oil furnace? Also I would have the chimney completely checked out/cleaned by a licensed chimney contractor before you start burning wood in there.
@ August 26, 2012 9:04 PM in Oil Heat Maintenance or ReplacementThanks to the Snookman for the opportunity. Went out Friday found the following problems on the WB 110:
1. Wrong nozzle-had a .65 nozzle. Put in proper nozzle.
2. Boiler was pretty dirty-proper cleaning.
3. Bolt missing on clean out box, loaded up with furnace cement-- replaced bolt and gasket.
4. Gasket & 2 bolts missing on burner mount--fixed.
5. Ye olde one screw in transformer.
6 Pump pressure & 160 psi, properly corrected to 140.
7. Combustion chamber was fine, vacuumed out base.
Combustion test NUMBERS came back good--(from memory) 77.7% eff, 12.1 CO2, low CO AF, low excess air, 0 smoke.
8. Fixed rotted flue pipe elbow. HO will follow up with chimney guy to check cap and possible water infiltration.
@ August 23, 2012 9:51 PM in fan&limitI can't imagine that ff goes from the primary to the fan/ limit. Please re check the wiring. For oil, all wires to/from the fan/limit are line voltage.
You can't replace with standard here's some of the reasons:
http://customer.honeywell.com/techlit/pdf/68-0000s/68-0024.pdf Pages 9&10 for starters
@ August 15, 2012 9:25 PM in Oil Heat Maintenance or ReplacementAnd I would be more then happy to give you a call
@ August 14, 2012 10:00 PM in Oil Heat Maintenance or ReplacementIt's hard to diagnose your trouble without seeing the unit, but here are my thoughts:
1. You are correct in thinking this is a sales ploy. No way everything takes a poop that quickly without some definite reasons.
2. Every 'problem' discovered has remedies that don't involve boiler/burner replacement.
3. Why did the efficiency drop? Bad tune-up, wrong nozzle, wrong set up, etc., etc. if it were tuned up properly the CO level would've been much lower.
4. New combustion chamber? Maybe he damaged it during the clean and now wants you to pay for it. Maybe he never opened the door or removed the front to clean the chamber.
5. A Beckett burner upgrade kit is pure bs. Why do all those components need to be replaced?
6. Small hole? The hole where the combustion/smoke test is taken, or actual failure? If its failure, could be from low flue gas temperature, which could be condensation eroding the flue pipe, even washing down into the chamber-a possible cause for chamber replacement.
Low return water temps can contribute to this and the water you see.
The bottom line is you need a true professional in the to properly evaluate and explain to you what's wrong, and how it can be corrected. Everything was working fine a year ago, what changed? Someone touched it (this years service hack).
Where are you located? I'm sure there is someone here who can help.
@ August 13, 2012 10:17 PM in Radiator ID HelpIs extremely dangerous and must be removed immediately....I'll come pick it up for free!
Of course I'm joking...2 beauties, wish I could help.