Much needed help with oil boiler


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Old 03-05-21, 11:39 AM
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Much needed help with oil boiler

I need advice of what can be done with my boiler. I'm not a handy man and I'm unfortunately on the spectrum and people tend to take advantage of that. I figured I'd try to reach out to some of you that are much smarter than I in hopes to get an idea of how to solve my problem without someone tricking me into having to get all brand new parts. Ihave this oil burner inside my house that spits out water whenever it runs. It seems like a terrible design for something that is inside the house, there is no drain for the water to go into so I am left with putting a bucket where the water comes out then about every 2 to 4 hrs walking the bucket to the bathroom to dump the water down the toilet. I even have to get up around 2 or 3 in the morning to dump out the bucket and if I happen to sleep through the night I wake up to the room and hallway flooded with water. Is there anything that I can do to stop this from happening that won't kill me, leave me badly burned, or blow my house up? I'm getting tired of having to empty this bucket every day multiple times a day. Any advice would be helpful and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.






 
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I apologize for the wrong term usage, but thank you all for your knowledge




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mnb,
You may be switched to the boiler section of this forum. A boiler has water that heats your house and a furnace heats air that blows up through registers just for future use.

Now for your problem. You have a pressure relief valve which is a safety valve that releases water at 30 psi. The cause could be a bad expansion or extrol tank or a defective automatic water feeder of a defective tankless coil if you have one.

Pics of the front of your boiler and piping would be very helpful to see what you have. Exactly how handy are you. Do you know where the manual boiler shutoff is in case you need to shut it off.

Your feed valve is the bell shaped valve with the lever after the vacuum breaker with the pipe coming off the side. Your manual cold water boiler feed valve should be before all of these to shut the water off to the boiler. You do not want to shut this off until you find the problem because you have a steel boiler which you do not want to run without water.

You have a round temp & pressure gauge on the front of your boiler. The top of the gauge will read your pressure. If you can see if it is around 30 psi when the relief valve goes off.

You may have a round tank hanging from your pipe over the boiler. That is your expansion tank that accepts heated water . When tapped with a screwdriver the top half should sound solid and the bottom half hollow, where the rubber bladder is.

If the whole tank sounds solid you have a bdefective tank that must be replaced. The main thing is to post the pics if possible to see what you have.

If it warms up a little where you are you can try shutting off the boiler for a while. Without the water being heated if it's your expansion tank then the leaking will stop.
 
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As previously posted tap that round tank. Top should be solid, bottom should sound hollow. If both sound solid tank is full of water and which means bladder is ruptured and tank must be replaced.

That, along with post #4 should give you a start. If that tank is full be care when removing it will be heavy holding about 4.5 gals. of water weighing about 35 lbs.
New one weighs almost nothing.
 
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Old 03-05-21, 02:36 PM
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Due to posting times.... I was not able to combine the two threads. The other thread is closed.
In the future please pick one forum for your topic.

If it's in the wrong forum.... we will move it for you.
 
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Sorry for putting up two threads, I'm a little autistic and someone said i might of posted it on the wrong thread. Just wanted to make sure it was right.. Im sorry for the delayed reposting too, yes the tank sounds solid on both the top and bottom
 

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Old 03-08-21, 06:27 AM
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On the bottom of the tank is a plastic cap, under which is a schrader (tire) valve. Remove the cap, quickly depress & release the tire valve. If water comes out, the bladder in the tank has failed & the tank must be replaced.
 
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This is the tank you will need. When replacing you may want to put a shutoff valve between the pipe and tank in case of future maintainence you will not have to drain the system.

https://www.supplyhouse.com/Amtrol-1...lume-2557000-p
 
 

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