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Steam boiler water level mysteriously dropping

ethicalpaul
ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,701


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  • neilc
    neilc Member Posts: 2,700
    auh, you broke it
    known to beat dead horses
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,818
    edited January 2021
    Let me get my thinking cap.
    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,818

    Yep got it.

    With my thinking cap on. I got it

    I know what the answer is

    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,818
    Your fluid is low!


    Important video to correct problem may help with low water in system steam leak


    https://youtu.be/E6GsXhBb10k
    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics
    ethicalpaulLS123
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,701
    I get all my meters like this from eBay for cheap and I think some of them have a leak in the diaphragm that lets the air escape which lets the steam in to condense.

    they aren’t on a syphon, they are on a long 1/4” nipple
    NJ Steam Homeowner. See my sight glass boiler videos: https://bit.ly/3sZW1el
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,512
    Pigtail it
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,701
    You’re not wrong @EBEBRATT-Ed but they mess up the low pressure readings
    NJ Steam Homeowner. See my sight glass boiler videos: https://bit.ly/3sZW1el
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,622
    i mean Dwyer gauges aren't low quality, however they have a wide variety of diaphragms, some are rated for water, some for other fluids, some for other fluids and water, some for air only, some for other gases and air. Many models are not expensive to buy new directly from Dwyer.
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,701
    I agree they are not low quality. These all seem to be air which should be fine. But something lets the steam get in on many of mine (I have an eBay problem sometimes haha)

    I do have some that don’t let steam in, that’s why I think some of mine must have a small leak in the diaphragm. They all read correctly, but maybe have a slow leak which will let steam in to condense over hours or days. Putting a valve under them works too if I remember to close it
    NJ Steam Homeowner. See my sight glass boiler videos: https://bit.ly/3sZW1el