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Why Water Might Leave a Steam Boiler

I was once on a problem steam job where the water seemed to vanish from the boiler as soon as the pressure hit its high limit and the burner shut off. There was an automa...

Published on 06/23/2014 6:31 PM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating
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Why Undersized Steam Boilers Waste Fuel

A guy called me to ask if I had any output ratings for some oddball steam radiators he needed to measure before he could replace the boiler. I looked them up and told him...

Published on 06/23/2014 6:20 PM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating
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Steam Boiler-Room Tips

Old boiler rooms often are home to steam-heating boilers. Our older cities are loaded with these, and lots of people (knuckleheads included) have had decades to mess with...

Published on 06/23/2014 5:54 PM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating
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What Makes a Steam Boiler Fail?

I started my career in the heating industry in 1970, when I was 20 years old. I was fresh out of college and my number in the Draft Lottery that year was 355. My father w...

Published on 06/23/2014 2:46 PM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating
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Modular Steam Boilers

Modular steam boiler systems can look very attractive when it comes time to replace an old steam-heating boiler. The people who sell these systems promise ease of install...

Published on 06/23/2014 2:26 PM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating
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How to Replace an Old Steam-Heating Boiler

Here are some good tips for you. Base the size of the replacement boiler on the connected load, not the building’s heat loss. The boiler’s ability to produce steam must m...

Published on 06/23/2014 2:18 PM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating