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Turn off boiler for season at emergency switch or maintenance switch?

jjohnson191jjohnson191 Member Posts: 5
Hey folks: Even though thermostats are down, my Weil-McLain boiler is cycling on and off -- I imagine to keep at a min temp? So, I turned it off at the “service" switch yesterday, but now I am not sure if that's actually the best option.

Should it be turned off for the season at the red emergency switch, the "service" (as it's labeled) or is there a third option I am missing?

Probably overkill, but I’ve attached a pic because I don’t have a ton of knowledge about these systems but I know there's no pilot on this one.

Thanks! This forum has helped me immensely over the years.

Best, James


Comments

  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 3,536
    Looks like you have a hot water system.
    It also looks like you don't get you hot water from the boiler.
    That being the case then the boiler should not be cycling.
    I am guessing that the boiler control (Hydrostat) is not set up properly.
    You can turn either switch off for not as it does not matter.
    However you should have that control set up as you are using more fuel that you need to....
    jjohnson191ZmanSTEVEusaPA
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 13,424
    Shouldn't matter -- if the boiler is wired properly, either should turn the power off to the whole show.
    Br. Jamie, osb

    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.

    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
    jjohnson191
  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Member Posts: 3,517
    With that boiler and burner, I would recommend leaving it on. Maintain 140°.
    Especially if it's a 3 or 4 section. WGO-?
    With the QB burner, it's late 90's and those blocks are pretty tight. If it's not spotless when you shut down, whatever deposits are on the HX will get wet from condensation then cure like concrete when fired up in the fall. And the QB (discontinued) isn't the cleanest burner.
    What are you using for domestic hot water?
    jjohnson191
  • jjohnson191jjohnson191 Member Posts: 5
    Thanks for the replies! Yep. Hot water's on propane. Heat's on forced hot water. And now that you mention it, this is first summer with the new hydrostat. Good to know it shouldn't be cycling. I actually didn't even know the thing was turning off/on until I happen to be in basement last week when it kicked on. It looked like the digital read out was keeping the temp around 170ish. I'd be lost without forums like this! Thank you!
  • jjohnson191jjohnson191 Member Posts: 5
    Thanks HVACNUT. Water's on propane. I've burned through a bit of oil already - not much nut I'm a cheapskate. Would it be possible to turn it off and just turn back on every other week or so? Only because I don't think I'm savvy enough (I'm definitely not savvy enough) to adjust the temp to 140. If not, I'll leave it on. Rather burn the oil than damage the system
  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Member Posts: 3,517
    > @jjohnson191 said:
    > Thanks HVACNUT. Water's on propane. I've burned through a bit of oil already - not much nut I'm a cheapskate. Would it be possible to turn it off and just turn back on every other week or so? Only because I don't think I'm savvy enough (I'm definitely not savvy enough) to adjust the temp to 140. If not, I'll leave it on. Rather burn the oil than damage the system



    I would just suggest that you have it properly serviced and tested first. Then by all means, shut it down.
    And read the Hydrostat manual. Take advantage of what it offers. Set up and wired for cold start, you wont have to shut off any switch. It will just sit and wait for a heat call.
    jjohnson191
  • jjohnson191jjohnson191 Member Posts: 5
    Thanks!
    Zman
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