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Old 09-02-2012, 09:08 AM   #16
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It sounds like the next time I run into it, I'm better off running the electric completely separate then cranking the aquastats down. Still seems like a lipstick on a pig solution but what can you do, eh?

On old boilers, I leave the aquastat at 100. On newer boilers, I bypass the reverse action and leave them as a cold start. The cold start ones use the least oil.

I sometimes pipe it up so that with a few turns of valves and a resetting of the aquastat they can use the boiler for domestic water if they want.

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Old 09-02-2012, 08:11 PM   #17
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I like the second option, a few extra valves won't break the bank and it would give the homeowner options in the future. Thanks
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I don't know whether the boiler is a warm start or cold start... or even what the means exactly I'm pretty sure this is the boiler we have: http://www.weil-mclain.com/en/our-pr...il-boiler.aspx

I do know that when we first bought the house I was looking all over the basement for the water heater and realized "There isn't one!" and I thought this must be the more efficient way to do things since the boiler was brand new. However the people who owned the house before us cut every corner possible, so it was probably just cheaper to forgo the hot water heater.

So, would it wiser to install the electric heater now, or wait until the spring?
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:33 AM   #19
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Install it now, and you reduce your heating bill this winter.

Your boiler is a warm start, since it must maintain temp to provide you with hot water.
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From what I have just researched, yes, your boiler is currently a warm start as stated...all that means is, that is the mode of operation...Once reverted to heating only then, it is a cold start...As to your question..the sooner you install electric WH the more you will save (all this depending on your cost of electricity...we are at approx 9 - 15 cents per kWh depending on time of use..However, it won't be a huge difference over one fall and winter...Change asap in April if you need more time to budget..
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Hey Canucker! Thanks for the reference to the commercial Industrial Steam forums..very interesting so, I registered there.

TechPappy... Retired Boilerman and Building Mechanical Systems Specialist?? That's what my title was anyway Covered all of Ontario and when the specialists couldn't find it or fix it I was called in to Trouble shoot ..but, never afraid to ask questions ...and go to the ends of the earth to fix a problem or find someone else with answers. Still Learning!

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