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Hear water running through the pipes

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terims5
terims5 Member Posts: 1
I have a Weil-McLain gas fired boiler, with baseboard radiators to heat my house. I've only been in the house 3 winters, but so far this month I seem to hear water running through the pipes a little more loudly than before. It was last serviced 3 winters ago, if I can hold off until the new year or even next year it would help a lot. System is still heating okay and doesn't kick on any more often than before. Do I need to be concerned about hearing the water in the pipes? If so is it a saftey concern or something more to do with inefficiency? Thanks, Teri.

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  • steven E.HEAT
    steven E.HEAT Member Posts: 47
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    obviously you better check your system fill pressure.
  • coalcracker
    coalcracker Member Posts: 51
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    It sounds like you have air in the pipes. Your bleeder should remove this air, but something isn't right with the bleeder.

    At least your water is circulating. Check your air vent.
  • Timco
    Timco Member Posts: 3,040
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    What does your pressure gauge say? Do you have any air-elimination provisions? Slow loss of pressure could be air being evacuated with no auto fill, or a slow leak with no aut fill...

    Tim
    Just a guy running some pipes.
  • bill karbowsky
    bill karbowsky Member Posts: 1
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    I LIVE IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN AND INTEND TO BE GONE FOR THREE MONTHS THIS WINTER. WILL LEAVE MY THERMOSTATS ON 55. CAN I TURN MY WATER PUMP OFF AND DRAIN THE PIPES OR DOES MY GAS BOILER DEPEND ON THE PUMP FOR REPLACING WATER? THANK YOU
  • coalcracker
    coalcracker Member Posts: 51
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    Your boiler depends on the water supply to re-fill it in the case of a leak.

    Maybe you can isolate the pipes just to keep water available for the boiler and drain the rest, but leave the pump ON.

    Or install a low water cutoff to the boiler and hope for no problems.
  • Rich L.
    Rich L. Member Posts: 414
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    Bill, the answer to your question is a definate maybe. On a closed loop system that has no leaks you really shouldn't need any make up water and you could shut down your domestic pump. (I assume that's the pump you're talking about) I always leave the make up water to my heating system shut off at the fill valve. This allows me to monitor the system pressure so if I ever develop a leak I'll know about it.

    Hope this helps, Rich L
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