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LAARS MASCOT FT 140 k model

Mez
Mez Member Posts: 9
I have 2 units of the mascot ft 140k boilers ( side by side). I have an issue with heat for one unit. 
The domestic hot water DHW works fine, however there is no heat. When you call for heat the unit turns on and you can see the flame inside the exchanger, however there is no circulating hot water. 
I had this issue last year with the other unit and it was the 3 way valve. However last year the unit displayed an error msg, which isn’t the case this time. 
There is only one zone on this unit supplied by a webstone circulating pump. The pump seems to work when compared the to the other unit. 
I included some pictures below. 
Couple additional info, The baseboard doesn’t have any relief valves, could air in the system cause this. 
Could the 3 way valve be the issue even though no error msg, or even the unit internal pump.
any help will be appreciated. Thanks


Comments

  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 6,365
    I was working on the exact same model boiler yesterday.

    You need to confirm whether or not you have flow in the house loop before assuming that the 3 way valve is bad.
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • Mez
    Mez Member Posts: 9
    And how can you do that. I checked the  circulating pump electrical and it get power when I call for heat. 
  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 6,365
    edited December 2020
    With a heat call, feel the temp of the system supply and return lines a few feet past the boiler. There should be about 15-20* difference after it's been on for a while.

    Then feel the supply and return coming out of the bottom of the boiler before the manifold. They should be about the same as the system lines. If they are extremely hot, and the system lines are substantially cooler, then you don't have circulation on the system side.
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • Mez
    Mez Member Posts: 9
    Thanks bob for getting back to me. So I had the unit running for 15 min. Pic 1
    The pipes inside the unit are hot, the pump is hot too.  Pic 2
    However the outside piping is cold 56deg ( basement temp) pic 3


  • GroundUp
    GroundUp Member Posts: 1,175
    If the DHW function is working, the internal circ is flowing water. This is a very common issue with these, the 3 way is stuck. They don't always throw an error code
  • Mez
    Mez Member Posts: 9
    Thank you very much for the reply Groundup. It seams like it’s the 3way valve. 
    I purged the lines, I descaled the exchanger. I also checked the zone circulating pump and it seams to work. I will give the 3 way valve a try
  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 6,365
    If the pipes between the the bottom of the boiler and the manifold are both hot, then its not the 3 way valve, its a SYSTEM circulation problem.

    There's also a strainer at the pump inlet on the bottom of the boiler. Caution: you have to valve off the boiler and depressurized it first.
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • Mez
    Mez Member Posts: 9
    Thank you guys for the insights. I ended up replacing the 3way valve, and it’s working good. Now the zone pipes and heaters are hot, a Temperature are about 112 to 95 ( in - out). 
    If someone this issue in the future there is a good video on YouTube
     
    Or you can just type laars mascot 3way and come right up. 
    For those who took time to provide their expertise, thank you very much. 

    his
  • BillyO
    BillyO Member Posts: 265
    Ken Resnick is the Babe Ruth of Laars service, I am naming my next child after him!!!
    Le John
  • GroundUp
    GroundUp Member Posts: 1,175
    Ironman said:

    If the pipes between the the bottom of the boiler and the manifold are both hot, then its not the 3 way valve, its a SYSTEM circulation problem.

    There's also a strainer at the pump inlet on the bottom of the boiler. Caution: you have to valve off the boiler and depressurized it first.

    The piping between the boiler and the purge tee was cold
  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 6,365
    All that rust is not a good indication. It's probably the cause of the failure.

    That system needs to be properly flushed and cleaned and a dirt mag installed on the return. Also, any leaks need to be located and repaired.
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
    fenkelGroundUp
  • Mez
    Mez Member Posts: 9
    edited December 2020
    Bon,
    i did flush both the heating and the DHW loops using city water, is there some kind of liquid that can be Introduced into the system to clean the inside pipes?
    i already descaled the exchanger
  • BillyO
    BillyO Member Posts: 265
    HTP and Laars same problem. Changed 6 3way valves in last 3 years. Horrible engineering
    SuperTechfenkel
  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 6,365
    Fernox boiler cleaner + a dirt separator on the return.
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
    fenkelMez
  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 6,365
    All that rust indicates oxygenated water. That mean there’s a leak(s) that needs to be fixed.
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
    fenkel
  • Le John
    Le John Member Posts: 197
    I’m wondering why more manufactures don’t use the Caleffi made three way valve that is in the Lochinvar Noble combi.  
  • Le John
    Le John Member Posts: 197
    BillyO said:
    Ken Resnick is the Babe Ruth of Laars service, I am naming my next child after him!!!

    @BillyO Ken and Rathe Associates is a great representation of a boiler rep that knows the Laars boilers and helps its customers with questions or problems whenever and however they can.

    BillyO
  • EzzyT
    EzzyT Member Posts: 1,120
    This is one of the reasons why we shy away from wall hung combi units. To much reliance on poorly manufactured components to operate once heating or cooling equipment.
    Creative Solutions Plumbing & Heating LLC
    Lic #12683
    Co-Owners: Fred Drescher, Jr & Eliezer "Ezzy" Travis
    201.499.0223
    fenkel
  • Mez
    Mez Member Posts: 9
    edited December 2020
    The cost of the 3 way valve is around $80, and it’s covered by the warranty. Actual replacement $, out of pocket. Go figure! These manufacturers come up with crappy products and hide behind their warranty. 
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