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Single mom with heating problems help!

mpsomas15mpsomas15 Posts: 7Member
edited December 2017 in Gas Heating
I need to know if I can fix this myself. From what I've read it seems the circulator is not generating enough power to circulate water to baseboards. I do have heat but afraid the circulator is dying.

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  • SuzookSuzook Posts: 184Member
    Call a plumber. Why take a chance with heat in this weather?
  • IronmanIronman Posts: 5,211Member
    mpsomas15 said:

    I need to know if I can fix this myself. From what I've read it seems the circulator is not generating enough power to circulate water to baseboards. I do have heat but afraid the circulator is dying.

    Circulators are generally either pumping or not. The piping could be air bound or even frozen.

    We don't recommend you trying to self diagnose.

    Please post some pics of the boiler, it's near piping and the circulator along with a brief description and we'll try and help you.

    Bob Boan


    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • mpsomas15mpsomas15 Posts: 7Member
    It keeps turning on and off
  • IronmanIronman Posts: 5,211Member
    The circulator? That doesn't necessarily mean that it's bad. What's controlling it?

    Every system is different and there are may different ways boilers, pumps, piping and controls can be done. You're giving too little info so far. That's why we need pics.
    Bob Boan


    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • mpsomas15mpsomas15 Posts: 7Member
  • mpsomas15mpsomas15 Posts: 7Member
    I'm going to start with the thermostat because about a month ago it started clicking constantly so I changed the batteries. Then my next step was to check the relay wiring.
  • Paul48Paul48 Posts: 4,492Member
    This is in a home that you own?
  • mpsomas15mpsomas15 Posts: 7Member
    It definitely stops turning on and off after temp is reached. The house is getting heat so I was more concerned about burn out etc.
  • SteamheadSteamhead Posts: 13,264Member
    That circulator has oil holes. Two are at either end of the motor and the third is closer to the pipes. Get some 3-in-1 and oil it, and see if that helps.
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  • mpsomas15mpsomas15 Posts: 7Member
    Ok thank you so much.
  • Robert_25Robert_25 Posts: 184Member
    With the bitter cold temperatures, the aquastat may be hitting the low limit during heat calls and cycling the circulator on and off.
  • mpsomas15mpsomas15 Posts: 7Member
    Thanks Robert. There is a way to adjust the limits?
  • IronmanIronman Posts: 5,211Member
    If it is cycling on low limit, it would only be a very short period with an oil fired boiler.
    Bob Boan


    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Posts: 2,513Member
    Sounds like the motor might be going out on thermal overload.
    Is the motor very hot? Be careful.
    You might want to have a tech replace it with a wet rotor circ. Aside from maybe a coupling, most don't stock replacement parts in the service trucks for that type of circulator.
    And I haven't seen a Repco in forever and a day. Not the most reputable. They've been gone a long time. If you own the home, consider boiler replacement
  • j a_2j a_2 Posts: 1,796Member
    In the good weather by all means play around with it as you wish...In this weather don’t mess with it beyond observation and if necessary,call a qualified plumber...give him all the info you can and maybe he will come with what he feels best to fix it...
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