Posted by david nadelson on February 10, 2000 at 05:46:44:
My new gas boiler was just installed, Carrier BS2(Dunkirk Plymouth Steam) @187,000btu/h to replace the "Gurney" coal-to-oil behemoth that was burning 100 gallons per week. Looks like the crew did a pretty good job, yet I have some concerns.
First of all, everything seems to work. House is heated (1880's victorian in NJ, no insulation, leaky windows, 12 radiators ~420sq ft EDR), no pipe noises, no obvious steam or water leaks.
1. All new pipes are copper. I requested black, though it didn't show up on the work order. They insisted it'll be OK, but as per recent thread it's not really OK. Question: How can I fight this? Should I even try?
2. Auto-fill keeps filling. It's squirting its half-gallon at a time every ten minutes or so but the level is still way below the "water line." Suspecting that the condensate return pipe is attached too low (thx to Hydronic Net for the diagram of Hartford loop) thus keeping the boiler from properly filling. Question: Likely?
If this is the problem, advice on how to convince the installers that I know more about steam systems than they do would be appreciated.
Thx in advance.
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