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Water Loss

Loyd Member Posts: 29
It's a 1 pipe system...we manually have to add water
There's no water visible in the glass while firing.
Don't know about wet returns or probe type water cutoff.
Thanks for the feedback
There's no crying in baseball, but there sure is with steam heat.


  • Loyd
    Loyd Member Posts: 29
    Water Loss

    Have a 12 yr. old boiler...steam heat; radiators; all new adjustable valves on rads.; work great.
    Have to add water 3 times a day to boiler; light goes on.
    No one can figure this out.

    Also; if the thermostat (old) says it's 75 in the house and it's SET for 70 WHY is the furnace; boiler kicking in all the time? I've fiddled with the cycles, but nothing.

    There's no crying in baseball, but there sure is with steam heat.
  • John S.
    John S. Member Posts: 260
    You may...

    have a leaky boiler or a leak in a pipe somewhere. Are there any pipes that run underground? The water's got to be going somewhere. Where's the water in the sight glass?

    As far as the temp, I would suggest purchasing a new programmable thermostat that can be set for slow cycles.

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  • Bob W._3
    Bob W._3 Member Posts: 561

    Have you filled the boiler up to the relief valve to see if it leaks?
  • Loyd
    Loyd Member Posts: 29

    Is that also called "flooding the boiler?"
    And how do I do that?

    Water level in the glass is almost to the halway point, but goes down during the day...
    There's no crying in baseball, but there sure is with steam heat.
  • will smith_4
    will smith_4 Member Posts: 259

    You say you have to add water cause the light comes on. Is this a probe type water cut-off? Are you manually adding water? Do you have a make-up water feeder? Do you have a system with wet returns? What's the water level like (in the sight glass) while the boiler is firing? Is this a one pipe or two pipe system?
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