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Pressure Problem

Henry_3 Member Posts: 6
Hi. We have a small 2 family...with 8 steam radiators. In the past the ol'system worked just fine at about 1.5 pressure. That was with a dry condensate return. Recently I cut over to a Wet condensate return and now the boiler wants to run up to 5 on the pressure gauge. Isn't this too high? I would really like to get the pressure down. Any thoughts ???


  • Henry_3
    Henry_3 Member Posts: 6
    Steam pressure problem

    Well- Jim John-- first off that 5 psi is waaay to high for a 2 family residental house. I do NOT know much about steamheating BUT maybe you should have the gauge checked for accuracy. Since you mention about the WET DRY issue- I gather you have a 2 pipe steam set up. I am certain that there are MANY MORE on this board More qualified to help you with your PRESSURE problem. Sorry- I wish I could be of more help.Maybe SteamHead or Dan could help. Hello Talk Board----Newbie Jim John needs help?
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,889
    Jim John

    that pressure problem could be coincidental. Check to see if the pressuretrol is set properly- on almost all systems it should be cranked all the way down. Also set the differential (usually a white wheel inside the gray case) to 1.

    If that doesn't solve your problem, you may have a bad pressuretrol or some other problem. Use the Find a Contractor page of this site to locate someone who can straighten things out.

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