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Major problems since new boiler install single pipe steam. Need recommendation for plumber. PLEASE!
Good day! I am at the point where the tears are starting to well up in my eyes every time the heat comes on. I am a single dad with two kids living in a 200 year old house with a single pipe steam sytem. It worked fine for 22 years with the vintage 1985 boiler. Last year the boler died and I had it replaced (Weil McLain) and it's been a living, frustrating nightmare. When the boiler comes on, the system bangs like crazy, water spurts from the terminal end of one of the main lines (one line seams to work fine), two radiators don't heat, etc. I gave up on the guy who installed it (if you're nervous about having a certain person in your house when your not home but your daughter is, that's a bad sign). I dealt with the problem last year, but with the start of the heating season this year, I'm losing my mind. Yesterday I had a plumber (an honest man), come in and he broke into the main line, and found it clean and dry. He then replaced the main line vents and some radiator vents with adjustables. I woke up this morning to banging that was just as bad, and water spurtng from the main vent on the problem leg (and $500 less in my pocket). I called him and his answer is to put on all adjustible vents and try to balance the system. After purchasing and reading Dan Holohan's book, I somehow feel that that is not going to be the solution. From reading the book, I know it could be anything from poor boiler sizing to the bad near-piping. I hear the gurgling and the wave action but I can't make a diagnosis. Before I go broke with well intentioned people experimenting with possible solutions, I'd like to have someone come in who knows what they are doing when it comes to steam. I'll bet that they could figure it out in two minutes. So I am asking anyone out there who knows of a contractor (I'm 25 miles southwest of Boston), who can help me, PLEASE let me know.....I'd be forever grateful, and so would my kids who wake up multiple times a night due to the banging. I wish my old tiny boiler never died....it was trouble free until it rotted away. Thanks for taking the time to read this entry. Happy New Year! Pete