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Water loss

Kay
Kay Member Posts: 10
What can cause water loss in a steam boiler. Everything seemed fine until after my furnace was cleaned. I am still using water, even though I am only heating hot water. Please help!

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  • Alan_6
    Alan_6 Member Posts: 87
    water loss

    Does it have vents?
  • Kay
    Kay Member Posts: 10


    I assume you mean radiator vents...yes, all vents were recently replaced.
  • John@Reliable_9
    John@Reliable_9 Member Posts: 122
    What brand boiler................

    sounds like you may have a leak in a section.
    We had two in the last year that started to leak after a "clean out"/annual service. What we found was that the stuff on the heat exchanger was sealing a small pin hole and after removing it the leak started. John@Reliable
  • Kay
    Kay Member Posts: 10


    Thanks, that may be a possibility, but I had the boiler shut down for two days while I was away, and there was no water loss. It seems to be sizzling at the top of the sight glass (invisibly) after the burner shuts off.
  • John@Reliable_9
    John@Reliable_9 Member Posts: 122
    Hmmmmmmm! Kay

    If the "water" leak is above the water line,it will only "leak" when on. What happens is as water is heating up steam(water) is leaking out hole into chimney. Very easy to tell in cold weather as steam will look like white smoke out of chimney, in warm weather we take jacket off and any clean out plates to see into heat exchanger, sometimes it's as easy as just overfilling the boiler with water and look for water running into combustion chamber. The reason I asked for brand, some have a track record and I might be able to tell you where to look. Hope this helps John@Reliable
  • Kay
    Kay Member Posts: 10


    The name on the boiler is Thatcher, and Wayne is on the burner.
  • Ken_8
    Ken_8 Member Posts: 1,640
    Thatcher went out of biz

    over 20 years ago. More like 30! They were located in Grawood, NJ about 15 minutes from here (Rahway, NJ).

    Sounds like the upper gage glass grommet is leaking if you hear a sizzle at that joint. Hopefully the boiler is not leaking internally above the water line.

    If you wish, I'd be honored to take a look. I suspect you're not that far since Thatcher had a very small distribution area.

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,726
    Kay,

    if you're close to Ken (north Jersey area) use him. He really knows his steam!

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  • Kay
    Kay Member Posts: 10
    Thanks

    > The name on the boiler is Thatcher, and Wayne is

    > on the burner.



    Thanks to all for your suggestions. Ken, you are right, I am located in Morris County. I have written down your number. I have a "contract" with my local service company, so I guess I have to check with them first.
  • Kay
    Kay Member Posts: 10
    Thanks

    Thanks to all for your suggestions. Ken, you are right, I am located in Morris County. I have written down your number. I have a "contract" with my local service company, so I guess I have to check with them first.
  • Robert O'Connor_6
    Robert O'Connor_6 Member Posts: 299
    Ken

    believe it or not we have quite a few Thatcher Boilers here in Auburn ME. Go figure.

    Regards,

    Robert
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