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The Main Things That Go Wrong With Boiler Water

HeatingHelp Administrator Posts: 654
edited June 2023 in THE MAIN WALL
The Main Things That Go Wrong With Boiler Water

Here are the main things that can go wrong with boiler water and how to fix the boiler water in your steam-heating system.

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  • Bill_Kitsch69
    Bill_Kitsch69 Member Posts: 48
    edited June 2023
    Surging? Foaming? Can't even see the waterline in the sight glass? (clean it first and..)
    *Get a skimmer on that unit - at or above waterline where possible. Know how to skim, which requires refilling hot without damaging boiler.
    *Clear gage glass ports, and ensure clear/new glass and control tree.
    *Fire unit. Skim. Settle. Skim some more. Repeat.
    *Cool, drain, flush. Then flush. Flush, and flush.
    *When boiler and return run clear, wash out with TSP per instruction - a process in itself.
    *Don't forget to blowdown, or wash LWCOs through all this; disassemble, clean and re-gasket as necessary.
    *Inspect, clean, or replace any LWCO probes.
    *Repair any leaks/bad piping.
    *Fill, test all functions, troubleshoot any system problems.
    *A lot of dirt/mud could come back from the system on shakedown. So be prepared to flush, maybe even wash again if extreme contamination issues ensue.
    *With your fresh start do water tests. Adjust? Softened? Fill with distilled? Treat.
    *Remember to create/leave a way to add water treatment easily in the future.
    *I like SteamMaster tablets treatment as a coverall. Does a good job protecting surfaces. Lasts.
    *Warn the customer of potential costs ahead of time. It's a holistic thing as living with steam heat is a lifestyle choice..