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Convert vacuum steam heat to hot water heat

KenCKenC Member Posts: 1
I need help to know what the pitfalls of converting a vacuum steam system to hot water could be.

What do I need to look for?

What do I need to look out For that can bite?

And is there any tricks?


  • RodRod Posts: 2,067
    Vacuum Steam

    Hi- The first question that comes to mind is: "Why on earth would you want to convert a good vacuum steam system to hot water?   Vacuum steam systems, if setup properly, are very comfortable and efficient. Where are you located? If it were me I'd have a good steam pro look at you system and advise you. A lot of good ones frequent this board so perhaps we can find one close to you.  I'm a homeowner and I almost switched to hot water several years ago before I found this website and learned something about steam heating and I'm now very glad I didn't change over.  Vacuum systems are "the Cadillac" of steam heating,  Usually these systems just need a little maintenance and a tune up to bring them back to par and this is a much more economical approach than changing over the system and I also think you'd be much more happier with the final result.

    - Rod
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 13,768
    Read this

    for an in-depth discussion of what can go wrong:

    We don't do these conversions- too much liability.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
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