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09-29-20, 05:15 AM
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Remember, those vent free open flame heaters are...

Remember, those vent free open flame heaters are not supposed to be used in any space that has a car or other gasoline fueled devices or any stored flammable fuels and that when they are being used...
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By Steamboy

That American Standard boiler is very old but...

That American Standard boiler is very old but will probably out last both you and me . The gas valve is something I saw early in my career that is a combination gas valve with a temperature control...
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Views: 284
Posted By Steamboy

The heat output of the water heater is about...

The heat output of the water heater is about 15,300 BTU's is this enough to heat the entire space? How big is the unit that you want to replace?
07-28-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 238
Posted By Steamboy

If any of the controls have been replaced, make...

If any of the controls have been replaced, make sure that they are rated for use with a millivolt system. Make sure that all wiring connections are tight and any connections are done with the...
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By Steamboy

That valve looks pretty new so I have to ask...

That valve looks pretty new so I have to ask where the leak is? (picture of that area if different from the existing picture). If the leak is at the union nut area, was the old fitting used?

You...
04-29-20, 05:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 614
Posted By Steamboy

I would do as @user10 said and replace nothing. A...

I would do as @user10 said and replace nothing. A little end play in the motor does not mean that the motor needs replaced. That end play is just normal wear from the motor sitting in the position it...
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By Steamboy

Let me add a couple thoughts. If the cost to heat...

Let me add a couple thoughts. If the cost to heat your home is the main reason that you are thinking of switching from fuel oil to natural gas, the switch will only save you the difference between...
Replies: 18
Views: 684
Posted By Steamboy

Looking at the picture of the pipe and flange,...

Looking at the picture of the pipe and flange, that may be teflon tape that was used as the thread sealer. If it is teflon tape the flange should be easy to remove.
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Views: 816
Posted By Steamboy

Let us get the facts straight. Closing off too...

Let us get the facts straight. Closing off too many discharge vents will not cause a blower motor overload. Reducing the air delivery through the blower will actually cause the blower motor to work...
02-29-20, 02:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 411
Posted By Steamboy

I rarely worked on any small heating unit, just...

I rarely worked on any small heating unit, just large commercial units, but when we encountered this same or a similar problem, the problem was almost always a bad control board or for us a bad...
Replies: 38
Views: 953
Posted By Steamboy

I screwed up on my answer #26. I should have said...

I screwed up on my answer #26. I should have said that the ID for 3/4"L is 0.785 and the OD for 5/8"C is 0.750. So using 5/8" copper as an adapter if all else fails sould work. Other than that, you...
Replies: 38
Views: 953
Posted By Steamboy

@Marq 1 your math is a little off. ID for 3/4L is...

@Marq 1 your math is a little off. ID for 3/4L is 0.785 and the OD for is .750 and the difference is .035 which is pretty close to your .003. , so it will work. But @Grady is right when he said to...
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Views: 953
Posted By Steamboy

If all else fails, and you screw up the piece...

If all else fails, and you screw up the piece sticking out of the floor, go to a store or HVAC company and ask if they can give you a piece of 3/4"OD tubing that would be left from an A/C...
02-11-20, 03:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 385
Posted By Steamboy

I would call the service company and tell them to...

I would call the service company and tell them to return the old motor. It is yours, not theirs. Also, since this furnace is as old as it is, how did the motor mount in or on the blower? Was it a...
Replies: 38
Views: 953
Posted By Steamboy

@Cartman, looking at the amount of solder on the...

@Cartman, looking at the amount of solder on the floor I don't think that the person doing the soldering has ever soldered before. I do not mean to be judgemental but please call in a company or...
Replies: 38
Views: 953
Posted By Steamboy

Is that floor concrete? Do you have a basement or...

Is that floor concrete? Do you have a basement or crawl space beneath that floor. If you cant get underneath, hire someone that knows how to solder. If he can't get the solder to seal I would braze...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-28-20, 06:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 441
Posted By Steamboy

Sometimes when a new or existing tank is filled...

Sometimes when a new or existing tank is filled with cold water and turned back on the burning gases that flow up the chimney will condense and drip down the flue pipe in the center of the tank and...
01-14-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 228
Posted By Steamboy

Is this a 24volt unit, a powerpile unit or...

Is this a 24volt unit, a powerpile unit or whatever? If it is a self contained unit with the pilot powering the gas valve (powerpile) or is is connected to a power source? Need more information and...
Replies: 7
Views: 282
Posted By Steamboy

Recheck the numbers on the gas valve and if you...

Recheck the numbers on the gas valve and if you can, post a picture of the gas valve from a couple positions. Also, a picture of the thermopile.
Replies: 13
Views: 565
Posted By Steamboy

Why do you say that your 30 year old boiler is on...

Why do you say that your 30 year old boiler is on it's last leg? Is the boiler leaking or or not heating properly? Is this a steam or hot water unit? Boilers can last a lot longer than most people...
Replies: 4
Views: 503
Posted By Steamboy

This may not be what you are looking for but take...

This may not be what you are looking for but take a look at it to see if you can use this. I use this filter in my furnace and it works for me. Go to Home Depot or Lowes in their furnace filter...
Replies: 5
Views: 447
Posted By Steamboy

Depending on the model of the unit you are trying...

Depending on the model of the unit you are trying to convert, you will need more items than suggested thus far. You may not be able to purchase the items you need as a lay person. Please give the...
Replies: 3
Views: 243
Posted By Steamboy

MY water heater is 21 years old, has never needed...

MY water heater is 21 years old, has never needed any parts, runs great and I have never found any sediment in the tank when I flushed it. Even though both tanks, yours and mine, are way past their...
Replies: 9
Views: 426
Posted By Steamboy

Could you post pictures of a couple of the 2nd...

Could you post pictures of a couple of the 2nd floor radiators including the inlet and outlet piping? As @ gilmorre suggested having a professional company look at the system to make sure that...
Replies: 15
Views: 552
Posted By Steamboy

fixing the heating problem of no water in the...

fixing the heating problem of no water in the baseboard units would probably be cheaper than to heat the home with space heaters. Electricity is almost always more expensive than oil as a heating...
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