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Interpreting Boiler Water Quality Test Results
Just got the results back from Rhomar for the water in my new boiler. Note that a Adey MC3 cleaner was in the old system for a few weeks before the install, then it was thoroughly flushed, then re-filled, then de-mineralized, then MC1 inhibitor was added. The system is old converted gravity in the early 80s. Two of three zones are CI rads, one zone all baseboard with copper piping. The old steel risers to main and 2nd floors are still there; 3/4" inch copper piping connects all the risers down in the basement in series--each floor separately.
See attached test results. PH of 7.01 is neutral--should be higher, less acidic. The level of inhibitors is way too low; the chemist believes that the inhibitors may have 'complexed' --joined--with the dissolved iron and sediments in solution rendering the inhibitors ineffective. The recommendation is to drain out and re-fill this water. I told him for the time being our intention is to add a Caleffi dirtmag filter to the common return (the existing Magnaclean only filters the heating return) and add some more MC1 as if there currently none in the system. Then wait until heating season and re-test. He agreed that would be ok.
What I have to find out from Adey is if MC1+ pushes towards acidity; if so perhaps another inhibitor should be used. The sample was taken from the bottom of the Turbomax tank--after a dhw cycle so the turbulence made the debris a bit less concentrated--but it's possible the sample was not truly representative of an average, but still in the ballpark. I wonder what the results would have been in the old system--I'm thinking sometimes all these cleaners etc stir up a lot of the old rust and corrosion. I'm all ears for anyone's opinions on this.