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Water in sight glass

amcauley
amcauley Member Posts: 4
Would you be able to advise why there is continuous water in steam boiler? The main water line to boiler has been turned off, yet each day I have to drain the boiler. Usually about 4 buckets before the water returns to normal level in sight glass. I have turned the boiler off and water continues to fill in.

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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,276
    Is there a tankless domestic hot water coil on the boiler? If so, there's your problem. It's leaking...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    Big Ed_4amcauleymattmia2
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,701
    Water doesn't self-generate so there is some connection from fresh water to your boiler.
    NJ Steam Homeowner. See my sight glass boiler videos: https://bit.ly/3sZW1el
    amcauley
  • amcauley
    amcauley Member Posts: 4
    Just an update I have a gas boiler.
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,630

    Is there a tankless domestic hot water coil on the boiler? If so, there's your problem. It's leaking...

    Or an indirect water heater.
    amcauley
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,517
    Either you manual fill valve is leaking by. (Check to see if the pipe between the valve and the boiler is cold. Or your tankless coil or indirect water heater if you have those has failed. Unless you have an automatic water feeder leaking by.
    mattmia2amcauley
  • delcrossv
    delcrossv Member Posts: 742
    edited March 5
    Or there's an almost closed radiator somewhere that's draining back to the boiler. ;)
    Had one in one apartment that probably had 20 gallons of condensate in it.
    Trying to squeeze the best out of a Weil-McLain JB-5 running a 1912 1 pipe system.
    amcauleymattmia2
  • amcauley
    amcauley Member Posts: 4
    Yes, I do have 2 radiators closed because of leaking at the valve and loud hissing. So to begin figuring out this mystery, I will start by opening them to see the outcome.
    delcrossv
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,276
    amcauley said:

    Would you be able to advise why there is continuous water in steam boiler? The main water line to boiler has been turned off, yet each day I have to drain the boiler. Usually about 4 buckets before the water returns to normal level in sight glass. I have turned the boiler off and water continues to fill in.

    Well that puts paid to the slow return theory. The boiler is turned off. The radiators in question are turned off. Any trapped condensate they had has come back long ago... or isn't coming back at all.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,829
    I wonder if @amcauley is still having this problem?
    Is there a chance that a feed valve is passing? even if the valve is completely closed but some water ls still passing, like a dripping faucet might be completely closed but a drip still happens. All you would need to fix this is a new valve that does not pass a little drop of water even when completely closed.

    If you are a decent DIY kind of person, this will be no problem for you. If you do not have the skill set to replace a leaking valve, then a plumber would be in order.
    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics