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Old 09-06-2011, 04:26 PM   #1
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Have a electric boiler but when I turn on pipes the water is coming but not hot, plenty of water in boiler, it was recently winterized
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You might want to try posting down in the plumbing section.

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:06 PM   #4
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Have you flushed all the gunk from the bottom of the boiler tank? You may have less boilable water than you think. Open the spicket and use a hose to move it away from your living space. Flush the boiler until the water runs clear.

Be careful if you are uncertain of the nuances of your boiler system. One of my more gruesome PR assignments was to collect boiler explosion photos for compilation of a multi-media show to show elected officials to keep them demanding regular boiler inspections. Little kid arms and legs no longer attached as they went sailing out cafeteria doors were rather convincing. Usually happened because people bypassed safety, pressure and temperature valves.

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Have you flushed all the gunk from the bottom of the boiler tank? You may have less boilable water than you think. Open the spicket and use a hose to move it away from your living space. Flush the boiler until the water runs clear.

Be careful if you are uncertain of the nuances of your boiler system. One of my more gruesome PR assignments was to collect boiler explosion photos for compilation of a multi-media show to show elected officials to keep them demanding regular boiler inspections. Little kid arms and legs no longer attached as they went sailing out cafeteria doors were rather convincing. Usually happened because people bypassed safety, pressure and temperature valves.

The tv show Mythbusters performed a test on a water heater that had safety switches bypasssed. The thing blew up and the narrator's exact words were, "You could order a pizza in the time it takes for it to come back down."
Sure enough a minute later it landed. It all happened so fast I thought it was in pieces already on the ground but the the tank itself went flying through the shattered case on "take off" which then was in pieces on the ground and then the tank landed some time later.

Serious power in that explosion, like dynamite.
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The tv show Mythbusters performed a test on a water heater that had safety switches bypasssed. The thing blew up and the narrator's exact words were, "You could order a pizza in the time it takes for it to come back down."
Sure enough a minute later it landed. It all happened so fast I thought it was in pieces already on the ground but the the tank itself went flying through the shattered case on "take off" which then was in pieces on the ground and then the tank landed some time later.

Serious power in that explosion, like dynamite.
My client was the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors. Whores all and getting exorbitant fees. But you know I believe in them. People understimate the power of boiled water and instead of fixing things properly? They just crank up the allowances on the valves. Or turn them off. And most often with no malace intended.

NBBPVI got tons of money for inspections. Too much in my opinion but they ain't my client no more nor ever gonna be again.

The six year old shredded near to pieces as projected through a double plate glass window was perhaps the hardest for me to add to the show. There she was (I imagine), eating a hot dog or whatever in the cafeteria, as the boiler underneath her blew and tossed her not just out the window, but through it.

You are right Doc Holliday. Explosive is the only word. But you will not hear a non-maintained steam boiler go or give warning. Private owners do not maintain them any better than those who own gas, electric or oil burning systems do. As suggested in my response to the OP? I bet you all reading this that system has not been flushed of crud in ages.

I live in an antique building in Chicago which has central heat. Nice heat and no battles about it by the way. They carved the boiler system out this Spring and I just shook my head. Had that thing failed, before replacement, 12 floors would have risen and as described fallen.

My fave Korean laundry and dry cleaner, next to the combination shoe shop and fine arts gallery, has hissing boilers. I had pictures of them shooting across the street and taking out really expensives cars in my slide show too. Not the shoes or Koreans, but the boiler tanks.

Homes are systems people and they need to be serviced. You replace furnace filters in forced air systems on a regular basis. You call people to look at your heating and AC systems at least once year.

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Have a electric boiler but when I turn on pipes the water is coming but not hot, plenty of water in boiler, it was recently winterized
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Did you check the breaker? What about the boiler switch?
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I did chk the breaker it was half way between on and off I tried pushing it to on but toggles back to middle, where is the boiler switch , I'm a firs time homeowner)
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Stop messing with this yourself before you get hurt. Call a pro to check the boiler system and find why the main breaker to the system is tripping. Have the person explain what you should try to service yourself and what you should not.
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@ sdsester I'm sure ur right but I wanted to go the cost effective way ie DIY, but it sounds way too serious, my house wass built in 2003 in tx jus strange I'm not use to electric boiler had gas, all I would do is relight the pilot
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I did chk the breaker it was half way between on and off I tried pushing it to on but toggles back to middle, where is the boiler switch , I'm a firs time homeowner)
You should call an electrician.
Did the boiler work properly before it was serviced?
To reset a breaker, you need to push it to the "off" position first. Then set it to the "on " position.
You can't reset a breaker from the "tripped " position" to the "on" position.
If the breaker trips when set to the "on" position, call for service.
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@ sdsester I'm sure ur right but I wanted to go the cost effective way ie DIY, but it sounds way too serious, my house wass built in 2003 in tx jus strange I'm not use to electric boiler had gas, all I would do is relight the pilot
I do understand. But consider short term vs long term costs like trying to type us again next year with now arms or legs.

Find a company that will explain the workings of your boiler to you and then decide how much is safe for you to take on.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:57 PM   #13
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Thank you every one I did a lil digging and found out that the tank only needed reset, since it was drained for winterization it would trip the breaker so no power, I turned off power, open lower panel on water heater pushed the reset, the tank was already full no draining required, then flip the breaker power on. Now I can boil eggs in the water it's so hot, yeah feels good as new homeownr fixing something without calling someone. Thanks you DIYers

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