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Fetts 02-05-2011 06:42 PM

circulator runs all the time
I replaced my honeywell aquastat no. R8182D controller on my oil burner just recently, i then noticed the circulator was running all the time, maybe unrelated to the new aquastat and maybe its been doing it for some time.
the boiler runs up to temp. and shuts down normally. but the circulator never shuts off. closed all the thermostats and it still runs. disconnect the thermostat wires from the aquastat and it shuts down. checked across those 2 wires and i get nothing, check to ground and i get single digit voltages. might i have a short in 1 of the thermostats? I get 26v across the transformer end. should ther be no voltage at the aquastat thermostat wires even with all the thermostats closed. im talking about that small voltage to ground stuff i mentioned.

hvactech126 02-05-2011 07:01 PM

which terminals do you have the circ connected to?

Fetts 02-05-2011 08:39 PM

C1 and C2 Just like on the old aquastat. Thanks for the reply!!

KCA 02-05-2011 10:52 PM

Some systems have a toggle switch for the circulator that says constant & auto. What boiler do you have?

:-) Ken

beenthere 02-06-2011 05:20 AM

If it stops running when you disconnect the thermostat wires. The problem isn't the aquastat.

How many thermostats do you have, and do they all connect directly to the aquastat?

Fetts 02-06-2011 03:05 PM

My boiler is a utica, and i have 4 zone valves only 1 wire connects to the aquastat thats at the end of the loop. so yes they are all connected. thanks for the input!:)

Fetts 02-06-2011 03:10 PM

another thing i want to mention is that all i changed was the aquastat, i never touched anything else. maybe this has been going on for some time and i didnt notice.

beenthere 02-06-2011 05:49 PM

Probably one of thy zone valves has a bad end switch.

Fetts 02-06-2011 06:25 PM

Yea ill check them out, one other question with all the thermostats off should there be absolute o voltage to the aquastat? Thanks:no:

beenthere 02-06-2011 08:46 PM

The aquastat has its own 24 volts.

The end switches of the zones valves have to be checked with their wires disconnected from the aquastat.

What brand zones valve do you have.

Fetts 02-06-2011 09:05 PM

Taco , Thanks :)

Fetts 02-06-2011 09:07 PM

Could you tell me how to check an end switch? Thanks!

beenthere 02-06-2011 09:17 PM

The end switch of a Taco. Is the number 2 and 3 terminal. You will get some voltage back to the aquastat with that zone valve. usually less then 10 volts.

On those zone valves. Remove the wires from terminals 2 and 3. Then check for continuity. If it has continuity, the end switch is closed. And probably the valve is partly open. Meaning the power head needs replaced.

Fetts 02-08-2011 12:22 PM

Thanks for all the Help! Did like you said with the end switch and yes 1 of my 4 zone valves was bad. replaced it and everythings good!!:no:

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