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Posted by Harold hydronicnetwork.net on January 09, 2004 at 11:40:39:
In Reply to: Re: Still Clueless about Hydronic heat. Maintenance question posted by Karen on January 09, 2004 at 09:23:01:
: 1.Is the boiler we have the right one for the size of home we have?
*** If the burner is not running constantly at night, so shuts off for some minutes of the hour in coldest weather, the boiler is the right size.
: 2. Is the amount of fuel (LP ) we are using seem to be too much?
From the numbers you gave, your fuel consumtion is about 19,000 btuh which is very reasonable and about 1/4 of what the boiler is able to supply.
: 3. Are the gauges on LP tanks accurate?
*** Probably not better than 90% accurate.
: 4. Do we need to be concerned about there being only 9lbs. of pressure in the boiler?
*** IF you are not heating gurgling sounds and all the radiation gets warm, NO.
: I know that I am asking alot of questions but we know nothing about this system and are very worried that we have made huge mistake in purchasing this home.
*** Check the LP prices. LP has about 93,000 btu per gallon. Oil has 140,000 btu per gallon compare the prices and heat value of LP to oil to see. A kilowatt of electricity is 3413 btu. A fuel cost comparison program is at:
I also want to know as much as possible before we have the pro come out to the house on Monday. Thanks. Any suggestions or advice will be apppreciated. Karen
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