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Based on a recent thread, the possibility has come up that I MIGHT have a leak in my Weil Mclain EG-65 boiler above the water line. Looking at the rust on the burners, I suspect that it is the right-hand section that has a problem (there was rust ONLY on the rightmost burner, no others). The LWCO/auto filler never runs, so I don't suspect the leak is big at all. I suppose it could just be a bad elastomer seal but I fear it could actually be a bad section.
IF this is the case, how easy is it to replace a section in this boiler?
1. The boiler is from 1998, we think (prior homeowner kept poor records), It is only 15 years old and should still have lots of time left in it.
2. The near-boiling piping, as some of you may recall from prior threads is completely wrong and I already intended to fix that this summer with swing arms and a proper drop-header.
3. Some others may recall that St. Louis seems to be completely lacking in anyone who knows anything about steam heat systems. Everyone I talk to is about 20-25 years old and wants to talk me into converting to forced air. No one can even name the parts of a steam heat system. I basically trust no one to install or service it correctly.
4. I am pretty adept at doing most jobs myself (I can do plumbing, electrical, rough construction, plastering, tiling, floors, etc) and I am a fast learner. My professional background required quite a bit of hard science education (physics, lots of biology, inorganic/organic/analytic chemistry, lots of calc and statistics) so I am able to understand HOW and WHY things work, not just blindly follow step 1,2,3...etc.
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