Frozen PEX or air locked...or something more sinister?


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Old 02-24-15, 08:01 AM
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Frozen PEX or air locked...or something more sinister?

Hello I have a 6 zone heating system using a Lochinvar Knight KBN151 setup.
Each zone has a Grundfos pump on it.

About 5 days ago Zone 1 stopped heating. I checked the thermostat for the zone, it was "on" and set to 70. The room was showing 64. I went to the basement and the Argo LED for that zone and thermostat was lit green. So I figured the wiring was ok. I then swapped the relay for that zone with one from a working zone and I have ruled out the relay.

I feel the feed and the return pex pipes for this zone and they are cold. The Grundfos pump when on feels hot and seems to be working (it sounds a bit noisy though) I made sure the PSI in the system is at 15 and then proceed to go to the radiator bleeders on this zone, there are 6 radiators in this zone, I was able to get water out of each bleeder.

Any ideas or thoughts are appreciated.
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Old 02-24-15, 03:19 PM
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Hi Doc,

proceed to go to the radiator bleeders on this zone, there are 6 radiators in this zone, I was able to get water out of each bleeder.
Just because water came out of the bleeders is not really an indication that there is not a frozen spot at some point in between a couple of the rads.

Water pressure can come up from either side of the loop and out the bleeder.

How much of the interconnecting pex can you actually see?
 
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Old 02-24-15, 04:30 PM
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For the sake of argument, let's assume the pipe is frozen. Possibly, a section of pipe or one of the connections has broken because of the freezing. When it does thaw, best to be home to make sure there isn't a big leak. If you can't be home, and even if you can, best to shut the manual valve between the automatic fill valve and the city water supply.
 
 

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