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Old 02-04-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
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Continental Steel Boiler won't heat


Good Morning everyone and in advance thank you for any help.
So heres the deal:

I have a Continental Steel Boiler (1950's) Model # CB-G4/Ser# 26219
Lost heat Fridat night (I'm in MI, can you say brrr...?) HVAC man came and re-lit pilot, still no heat. Next day replaced pilot and thermocoupler(excuse my spelling please) no heat. Same day replaced a bell shaped fixture (pressure valve I think), no heat still.

So the boiler lights up, pilot and burners. I can hear water, pipes are warm-but the radiators have nothing. The same man suggested bleeding the system-another man (friend of mine) suggested replacing the pump at this point.

I need it fixed in the cheapest way possible. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you for all/any help
-Lauren

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Old 02-04-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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Has anyone even checked to see if the pump is running?
No pump no heat.
Should be able to just put a screw driver to your ear and hear is it's running or not.

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Thanks Joe
I can hear the pump running, it's loud and was leaking. I'm thinking it's that but I'm not an expert and just looking for some info before I get robbed. Thanks
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Robbed by who???
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HVAC companies, plus it's always good to learn about appliances and know what you're talking about.
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Well since I'm an hvac company that just got called a thief....No soup for you!
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Im trying to educate myself since they have been out 5 times since 3am Saturday morning with 4 seperate charges. I get where you're coming from, I own my own business as well and have worked for many-I know about inflation. I called a shop near my home who sells to the public, $78 for the pump (mind you I can replace it myself with some tools). When I asked this man how much, he quoted over $400. I was simply looking for some guidance. Sorry if I offended you, thanks
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Well find a new company.

My company doesn't charge people until its FIXED.

Changing a circulator isn't just a couple of bolts since you have to drain and refill the system....so just looking at how much the pump is......well....kind of short sighted....
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If the pump is leaking its more than likely the bearing assembly. I say fix the pump and bleed the system. Finally replacing the pump is going to mean draining the system. Your friend could probably handle all of this. Just shut boiler off. Shut water off to boiler. Hook up hose and run it to drain or outside. Turn the leaver. Once new pump is installed. Turn water back on to boiler. Let system get pressurized. Then bleed every register. Fire it up.
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Thank you 747 for helping as this is the next step I/we are taking, I was just looking for some insight as I am a newbie and I'm learning...that's for sure. Have a great day

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Im trying to educate myself since they have been out 5 times since 3am Saturday morning with 4 seperate charges. I get where you're coming from, I own my own business as well and have worked for many-I know about inflation. I called a shop near my home who sells to the public, $78 for the pump (mind you I can replace it myself with some tools). When I asked this man how much, he quoted over $400. I was simply looking for some guidance. Sorry if I offended you, thanks
not all hvac companies are rip offs ..in fact alot are not ..every company has what is called overhead cost ... which guides there cost ....be careful working on a boiler system ..its not as simple as some my think..ben sr

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