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First, thank you all for being here. I've scanned this site since the fall for advice/help and it's been immensely helpful.
Now, on to my grovelling ignorance and desperation.
Purchased the house last Summer and had no idea I bought a steam unit and had no idea how to run it. This fossil has a “oil to gas converter” on it, which apparently even 30 yr Pros wouldn't touch AT ALL. So I was left on my own.
Two current issues are
1) Excessive corrosion (I'm forced to add water almost daily). It's alarming to me to see how bad it's gotten.
2) Why do I have to add water so often? I have a leaking valve off a main, but that can't be the only reason.
Note: I'm terrified to touch the LWCO, but it is dripping and my auto water filler is DEAD.
Note 2: I'm looking to replace it in the spring anyway, but am terrified that I'm gonna get someone who doesn't know what they're doing.
Pics for your enjoyment or anger….