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Steam or hot water boiler?

seniorB648seniorB648 Posts: 3Member
I’m a small contractor in Maryland, not a lot of boiler experience. Looked at replacement of older gas boiler “Bryant” model #234-5PW input BTU is 160,000. Not sure if this is a steam or hot water system, how would I tell? Thank you!

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  • Danny ScullyDanny Scully Posts: 935Member
    In all honesty @seniorB648, if you can’t tell, you shouldn’t be replacing. I don’t mean to be rude or discourage you from asking questions, but at the same time there is a decent amount of knowledge required to properly replace a boiler. If you can’t tell the difference between steam and hot water, there is lot more for you to learn before doing boiler replacements. Post some pictures though if you’d like and we can at least tell you what it is.
  • Big EdBig Ed Posts: 1,058Member
    A steam boiler would have a gauge glass assembly to show you the water level . Glass tube
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
  • SteamheadSteamhead Posts: 12,049Member
    Where in MD?
    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.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
  • seniorB648seniorB648 Posts: 3Member
    @mr. Scully, with all due respect I certainly have enough experience to replace a boiler it’s not rocket science, only piping. Been in this trade 35 plus years mainly on the plumbing side although I have installed many hot water boilers commercial and residential. @Big Ed there was no sight glass on this unit it’s a two pipe system without separate zones and one circulator pump. Thank you for your help. @ Steamhead this job is in Catonsville just outside of Baltimore, single family house. Thank you!
  • SteamheadSteamhead Posts: 12,049Member
    Was this one of the houses that got flooded recently?
    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.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
  • seniorB648seniorB648 Posts: 3Member
    Yes basement had 2.5’ of water in it.
  • GrallertGrallert Posts: 215Member
    It's really important to know what it is you're replacing before you replace it. That's step #1
  • SteamheadSteamhead Posts: 12,049Member

    it’s not rocket science, only piping.

    How about the combustion test?
    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.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
  • STEAM DOCTORSTEAM DOCTOR Posts: 756Member
    -Combustion test.
    -Piping.There is a lot more to piping then just connecting the pipes. Pipe size, pipe and component orientation etc. Proper piping materials
    - Boiler sizing.
    -Proper circulator selection.
    ETC ETC ETC
  • Stephen MinnichStephen Minnich Posts: 1,973Member
    There’s companies in my area that have been installing boilers for 30-40 years and still doing them wrong.

  • Solid_Fuel_ManSolid_Fuel_Man Posts: 936Member
    > @Stephen Minnich said:
    > There’s companies in my area that have been installing boilers for 30-40 years and still doing them wrong.

    Couldn't agree more!
    Master electrician specialising in boiler and burner controls, multiple fuel systems, radiant system controls, building controls, and universal refrigeration tech.
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