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inconsistant water levels

LarryC
LarryC Member Posts: 331
and I wasn't even fishing.

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  • daniel Flaherty
    daniel Flaherty Member Posts: 21
    inconsistant water levels

    I have a Peerless (single pipe) boiler that has performed well for many years. I went to check on it when I heard some water hammer and found the water level above the top of the observation glass. I removed a couple gallons of the water (which was pretty dirty) until the level was to the middle of the glass. It stayed there for about a week until yesterday when It was suddenly above the glass again. Any Ideas Guys?
    Thanks , Dan Flaherty
  • Sunny from CT
    Sunny from CT Member Posts: 5
    Water level

    Well Danno, first you have to rule out the obvious. Is your fill valve an old stop and waste or a newer qaurter turn shut off valve? Second do you have an automatic water feeder?? If these are all good and shut off my next question would be to see if you have a tankless hot water maker??? If any of theses apply then just shut them off individually to see which one is the culprit.. If you have any old style stop and waste shut off valves then they must be replaced with quarter turn ball valves.. Sunny
  • LarryC
    LarryC Member Posts: 331
    Tankless waterheater

    > Well Danno, first you have to rule out the

    > obvious. Is your fill valve an old stop and waste

    > or a newer qaurter turn shut off valve? Second do

    > you have an automatic water feeder?? If these are

    > all good and shut off my next question would be

    > to see if you have a tankless hot water maker???

    > If any of theses apply then just shut them off

    > individually to see which one is the culprit.. If

    > you have any old style stop and waste shut off

    > valves then they must be replaced with quarter

    > turn ball valves.. Sunny



  • LarryC
    LarryC Member Posts: 331
    Tankless waterheater

    > Well Danno, first you have to rule out the

    > obvious. Is your fill valve an old stop and waste

    > or a newer qaurter turn shut off valve? Second do

    > you have an automatic water feeder?? If these are

    > all good and shut off my next question would be

    > to see if you have a tankless hot water maker???

    > If any of theses apply then just shut them off

    > individually to see which one is the culprit.. If

    > you have any old style stop and waste shut off

    > valves then they must be replaced with quarter

    > turn ball valves.. Sunny



  • LarryC
    LarryC Member Posts: 331
    Tankless waterheater

    How does a leaking tankless water heater coil change the steam system water level? Isn't the water heater coil exposed to the flame just like in a warm water system?

    Larry C
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,932
    easily...

    sadly. The coil is on the water side, not the furnace side, and at much higher pressure (we hope) -- so if there is a leak...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • daniel Flaherty
    daniel Flaherty Member Posts: 21


    The boiler in question does not have a coil for hot water, we have a separate heater for that. also there is an automatic water pump which I suspect is the culprit. there is a manual valve for filling the tank but if this was leaking the water level would have slowly risen during the week. I keep checking the level and over several days it slowly went down to the point that the auto water feeder kicks in and then it was overfilled. I am calling my regular service people and I'll see if they know what could cause this. Is there a float valve in the auto water feeder?
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