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Ollie_Hopnoodle
Ollie_Hopnoodle Member Posts: 73
So, I think i found the hole in my boiler. Probably the main reason why I have to fill the boiler up after every heating cycle. This is looking down into the boiler, from above. Burnham v8, 2005. Looks like its right around the top above the water line, below one of the pins. Irreparable?

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  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
    edited May 2023
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    Put it here.

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    Ollie_HopnoodleHVACNUTChrisJ
  • Ollie_Hopnoodle
    Ollie_Hopnoodle Member Posts: 73
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    @STEVEusaPA lol 30 yarder? seems a bit big. Maybe a 10 will do.
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,795
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    I wouldn't bother trying to repair it. Many other nearly-holes might have just a thin layer of rust keeping them from being born. You got about 18 years out of this Burnham design which believe it or not isn't bad.

    You don't want to be worried every week next winter wondering when it's going to let loose again.

    Also be glad you made it through the season and can shop around a little for a good contractor. Make sure they size the new boiler to your existing radiation, make them show you the numbers of each of your radiators. You've been around here before, you know the drill probably :smile:

    Try a Peerless or Weil-Mclain next time and make sure your water PH is 11 to greatly reduce corrosion.

    NJ Steam Homeowner.
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  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
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    @STEVEusaPA lol 30 yarder? seems a bit big. Maybe a 10 will do.

    Unless you're all muscle or taking it apart, gonna need one with a door, or a truck with a lift.

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  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,959
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    you can flood it to confirm but that certainly looks like a hole.
  • HVACNUT
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 5,888
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    That's extremely rare for a Burnham V8. They usually leak in less than 10 years. Consider yourself lucky.
    I've never seen the Burnham Mega Steam but read good things here about it. Worth looking into, along with a respected steam pro.
    ChrisJ