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Bob Bona

Bob Bona

Joined on September 20, 2007

Last Post on September 15, 2014

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@ September 15, 2014 10:12 AM in Converted 2 pipe steam to hot water

Not be an air problem but instead a pump/piping problem. The monoflow setup was a bad move and your 3/4 branches to rads oversized unless you have a rad capable of putting out over 15,000 btu...large monflow branches can create exasperating air problems.

A manifold with 1/2" home runs to the rads would have been mint.

what do you have for pumping? Assuming all monoflows are on return facing correctly and reg t's are on supply?

it depends

@ September 13, 2014 8:26 PM in Converting 2 oil fired furnaces and bock hot water heater???

But its a step in the right direction. Look at the bigger picture too. 3 burner maintenance consolidated to one. Three units to service vs one. A biggie: much less combustion air required and thats a plus for infiltration issues if there does not exist any means of fresh air. Or, if there is combustion air mechanicals they are now reduced. Oil filter stays cleaner if before 3 units drew on it. Less noise, less standby losses. No more worries about heat exchanger cracks and danger.


@ September 12, 2014 4:59 PM in Why is my boiler hot all summer with an indirect tank?

That's the ticket. Most of the time I see undersized pumps and piping driving the indirects anyway so the boiler bounces off high limit. I can live with a 30 degree delta in indirect land :)

i see

@ September 12, 2014 1:34 PM in Why is my boiler hot all summer with an indirect tank?

Crud in heat only boilers, and boilers hooked to high mass systems with no bypass or three way valve protection. Indirects tend to cycle things enough to keep things dry and cleaner inside. Add an old damp basement to a steel or CI boiler thats been off for the summer and let the fun begin!


@ September 12, 2014 1:10 PM in Why is my boiler hot all summer with an indirect tank?

At the point now where I'm changing out boilers and ac I put in in 1990. Year after year of routine services and cleanings tell the tale.


@ September 12, 2014 9:32 AM in Why is my boiler hot all summer with an indirect tank?

Advising someone to stick thier fingers in a high voltage control and alter it's wiring-a critical safety limit control to boot- is what's unprofessional.

The millions of OEM boilers with no tankless coils shipped with cold start aquastats are....?

yes it

@ September 12, 2014 8:11 AM in Why is my boiler hot all summer with an indirect tank?

Is that simple.

you are overthinking it bc. I can tell by your posts you don't work in the field. You are free to have your thoughts, Thousands of trouble free set ups like this between John NY and myself and countless others constitute real world success.


@ September 12, 2014 12:00 AM in Why is my boiler hot all summer with an indirect tank?

What John said.


@ September 11, 2014 11:58 PM in Why is my boiler hot all summer with an indirect tank?

Swap out the control for a cold start version. (It's not technically cold--the indirect/ambient temps keep things warm). Then, assess the circulator control strategy to see if indirect pump is prioritized. Then, investigate an outdoor reset control to further save fuel.

We are in Norwalk and work with these all time. Contact me if you need more assistance.

its amusing

@ September 4, 2014 4:20 PM in PVC Venting on boilers again!

To hear about how badly pvc can be installed when its par for course seeing rotted, improperly pitched galvy smokepipe cobbed together with no screws etc etc. The easier it is to install a product is often the easiest to abuse that products intentions.

you can

@ September 1, 2014 11:27 PM in Oil to gas

Think what you want, Paul. I know what a stainless liner roll costs, and I know what the job entails. I've done them, and I've subcontracted them out as well. Easily in the 4 digit range. And that doesn't address combustion air.

This is a critical step and expense to consider.

triangle tube

@ September 1, 2014 6:02 PM in Oil to gas

Solo 110 Prestige allows 45' vent as an example. That is a rock solid boiler I have been installing for years with 0 issues. I have yet to find a residential job in SW CT I could not vent these. The combustion air inlet doesn't need to be near the exhaust for more flexibility. Could always chase up the old flue with poly flex for exhaust if need be.

You are looking at thousands on average to line a typical 20-25' clay chimney. Just makes more sense to step into 2015 with a mod con and an indirect hot water storage tank.

As an aside, my condolences re your Mom. We went through the same scenario and boiler change too in 2008. Oil prices were beginining to chafe and today I would have converted him to Lp at least.


@ August 31, 2014 8:30 AM in Oil to gas

To put the Sunnyday out to pasture, hang a mod con on the wall, use it's ODR feature and use an indirect water heater for DHW.

the chimney

@ August 31, 2014 8:24 AM in Oil to gas

Liner that will be needed with replacing that relic closes the gap in cost between stone age boiler and mod con. Advise the mod con all the way.


@ August 25, 2014 1:59 PM in Big Changes for Duct Testing in MA

Being enforced in CT the last 2 years. I think it's great and weeds out the hacks. Don't forget to add in the test fee to quotes. 50 percent more labor time easily.

I use the Fantech

@ May 24, 2014 12:24 AM in HRV UNIT

1504s a lot. I haven't had luck with ducting the fresh air to ducting in the supply...blow back into the hrv occurs. Instead, I tap it into the return at least 30" past the stale air intake back to the hrv. I use the dehum terminals to activate and use Honeywell Prestige stats to turn it on on a schedule based on the ASHRAE parameters loaded into the Prestige.

I would like to see better fan speed control. They can be a little noisy with hard ducting.

The simple explanation is that air passes over a hxer inside both incoming outside and exiting and the mix tempers the fresh air to building. You don't really want them on too much in humid times.

have a 110

@ May 4, 2014 11:32 AM in Triangle Tube Prestige Solo

In my own house. It is THE boiler to have all things considered IMO. be sure a structure heat loss is done and the installer follows the installation instructions to the letter.


@ April 15, 2014 8:32 PM in Better Business Bureau

The years I have been solicited. No thanks. I don't need some delusional person messing with my good name.

I have had

@ April 8, 2014 7:27 AM in Value of converting oil/steam to modcon gas?

0 problems with sidewall concentrics as in the flat plate style. Otherwise it's roof concentric or chimney as a chase for pp and intake on sidewall. But sidewall is first choice for access.

direct vent

@ April 7, 2014 8:53 PM in Value of converting oil/steam to modcon gas?

Appliance terms can be within 1 foot horizontally of a window or 7 feet from lot line is how I readthe Code.

pretty much the

@ April 6, 2014 1:03 PM in Value of converting oil/steam to modcon gas?

Same here in SW CT. We do a ton of gut remodels, additions, tear downs, house lifts...major stuff. That's when the steam goes, if it existed.

can you

@ April 2, 2014 4:08 PM in Weil McLain indirect hot water heater, short cycling?..

Post some pics of the piping on the side of the tank and hopefully the pump?
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