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Old 01-25-2013, 09:07 PM   #31
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Most of the time they hadnt been serviced in years and no rust inhibitor in water.
Once I got the steam boiler in my big building under control by completely fushing the system several times and getting the chemicals/rust inhibitor in the system my utilitie bills for heating went from $2000.00 plus on really bad months down to closer to $1200.00 on really bad months to heat with that old 93hp kewanee.
I would flush some trash out of system in the morning and some at night,then on saturday mornings Id flush maybe 50 gallons out of bottem of boiler.
All the late night calls I was getting about no heat stopped after I started checking the system daily,the serious cuts in the gas bill made it worth the little extra time everyday to stop by and check things out.
But why are you comparing a steam boiler to a water boiler. They aren't the same, steam is not a closed system.

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I work on both kinds,my steam boiler is closed/returns back to boiler
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I work on both kinds,my steam boiler is closed/returns back to boiler
Your steam system has air vents. Unless its a vacuum system.
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Seems like my plan to bleed is okay. Now I'm wondering, is that what I should try first? Here is the deal, the boiler was installed around 2007 or 2008 in my 2 story 100 year old house. It replaced a converted coal boiler. I noticed a week ago that it was getting warm upstairs but not so much on the main floor. The main floor radiators do warm some but not much.

I posted questions about bleeding and have gotten some useful info and have developed a plan but everything is based on me asking about bleeding. What if I am wrong to start with this? Please, some of you that have followed this - would you start with bleeding?
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No harm will be done by attempting to bleed it first.
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You have some very experienced boiler guys waiting to help if bleeding is not the cure----

And at least one homeowner (me) that has just enough knowledge to confuse you!
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Rad bleeding is just a regular part of yearly boiler maintenance. Just follow your plan in post 19.
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I would go to Home Depot buy a pressure reducing valve, plumb that into the system. You have plenty of isolation valves so it would not be hard. Burnham does say pressure reducing valve or isolation valve, but its so much easier to have one. It would go right after the backflow preventer you have in there. By the way I think most backflow preventers like to be oriented horizontally so you can correct that while at it as well. Then I would bleed the baseboards and should be ok. If you are adventurous you migh want to look into re-arranging the pump to be on the supply and pump away from the expansion tank. The current theory of hydronics makes that the preferred location for the circ.

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