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I have a Condensing gas fired wall mounted boiler does DHW, radiant floors as well as central heat

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The brand is Baxi Luna 1.330 Recently I have noticed the gauge on the front of the unit has been indicating higher pressures. (I not even sure what it measures)
range of the gauge is 0 - 4 bars with the operating range (green area) 1 - 1.5 ish.
Although everything seems to be operating fine the gauge is showing well into the red at 4 +
I am hoping to find the cause of the high reading. Possibly a failed gauge ?
Any advice I can get before calling some on in would be appreciated. I don't want to find the basement full of water :(

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  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,505
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    I think that unit has a small expansion tank inside, check to see if has failed
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  • ggparts
    ggparts Member Posts: 3
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    To find the small expansion tank what would I look for?
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,675
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    ggparts said:

    To find the small expansion tank what would I look for?

    Take a look and see how the pressure changes from when the unit is cold -- let it sit off for a couple of hours -- and then as it warms up. Shouldn't change that much -- half a bar, perhaps.

    Also... how is water added to the system? If it's through a pressure reducing valve, that valve may be leaking past.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • ggparts
    ggparts Member Posts: 3
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    ggparts said:

    To find the small expansion tank what would I look for?

    Take a look and see how the pressure changes from when the unit is cold -- let it sit off for a couple of hours -- and then as it warms up. Shouldn't change that much -- half a bar, perhaps.

    Also... how is water added to the system? If it's through a pressure reducing valve, that valve may be leaking past.
    This is the only source of heat for my home, I hesitate to turn it off. Not sure if there is a PRV or not.
  • bennyboy
    bennyboy Member Posts: 7
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    I agree... you heat water and it expands thus pressure goes up. Something is preventing the expansion tank from working or the expansion tank isn't working.
  • SuperTech
    SuperTech Member Posts: 2,206
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    Sounds like your expansion tank has failed. Baxi usually has a expansion tank built in to the boiler they can be a pain to service. I would just install one on the boiler supply piping.

    Your boiler better have a pressure relief valve that should open up after the boiler pressure exceeds 3 bar. If it doesn't shut it down immediately and call for service because it's extremely unsafe to operate.