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  1. We just finished a new custom home on Christmas...

    We just finished a new custom home on Christmas Lake. We used Warmboard on all the upper floors. Whether it is more expensive than the alternatives is a matter of application. In this case it was the...
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    I am aware of all the Amtrol Boilermate...

    I am aware of all the Amtrol Boilermate weaknesses; the thin insulation, lime-collecting finned heat exchanger with the highest head in the industry. Oh yes, don't forget you have to turn most of...
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    All domestic water heaters are tested to 300#....

    All domestic water heaters are tested to 300#. The only water heater that must have an expansion tank is an all plastic Rheem Marathon. We will not use any indirect unless it is a stainless steel...
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    If there is a check valve backing the potable...

    If there is a check valve backing the potable water up. But then would have to be over 150# and push over the T&P on a tank tested to 300psi. Funny this has only happened to me on one of the 7...
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    Dupe

    Dupe
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    Baseboard, fin-tube or cast iron, will not "pull...

    Baseboard, fin-tube or cast iron, will not "pull away from the wall" regardless of the system pressure. Seriously.
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    Is this a old, recurring or new issue?

    Is this a old, recurring or new issue?
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    "btu per square foot estimate" Just like they...

    "btu per square foot estimate"

    Just like they did it in the Dark Ages...
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    Well, you are half right. I like the Tft a...

    Well, you are half right.

    I like the Tft a lot, but you will see a "plastic" bottom on most ModCons before long. They last longer.
  10. Yeah, not that guy...

    Yeah, not that guy...
  11. You have to call a competent gas appliance...

    You have to call a competent gas appliance technician to check gas pressure drop and flame signal. You can't help. You can't DIY.
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    Here is a more common scenario. ...

    Here is a more common scenario.

    http://terrylove.com/forums/index.php?threads/exhaust-in-house-triangletube-prestige-110.64341/#post-476050
  13. Exactly so.

    Exactly so.
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    There has been some rumor of warranty issues....

    There has been some rumor of warranty issues. However, factory reps and senior management literally don't have to chat with homeowners, which is why the guy you give the money to is the most...
  15. First; going from hot water to hot air is rarely...

    First; going from hot water to hot air is rarely a good comfort choice.

    Second; use the guy that produces a computer-generated ACCA Manual 'J' heat load. He is more likely to actually know what...
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    Sorry, my short hand is for the every day. ...

    Sorry, my short hand is for the every day.

    TT, Triangle Tube.

    NTI is New York Thermal--their newer Tft model is a winner.

    HX is the heat exchanger, one of the critical and expensive...
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    Funny, I have installed nearly all of the Second...

    Funny, I have installed nearly all of the Second Generation ModCon boilers (circa 2004+) and certainly 'worked on' all but a couple, which should never be used or serviced. Nearly all the serious...
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    The most important consideration in any...

    The most important consideration in any condensing boiler choice is proper application, installation and service. Forget about the rest it.
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    Boy that brings back memories, and reminds me why...

    Boy that brings back memories, and reminds me why I still don't care for cats.

    I spray foam every crawl space I can.
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    They are over their heads, but maybe they suffer...

    They are over their heads, but maybe they suffer some attention deficit. It seems to be going around.
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    Have your technician hook up one simple stat in...

    Have your technician hook up one simple stat in the largest zone or all zones at once to check the effect.

    We are getting back into DIY country here.
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    Too much boiler, too many zones--especially in...

    Too much boiler, too many zones--especially in the basement where most will be unresponsive unless exposed to exterior loads--and too much control .

    I would wait on the Nest.

    Disconnect the...
  23. These are cast iron column radiators, never meant...

    These are cast iron column radiators, never meant to operate at 210F. Try 150if in a sub-zero climate and no insulation in the house.

    I would, and do, start over with a 1" supply to a 1"...
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    Because is saves space. Is more efficient at...

    Because is saves space. Is more efficient at removing moisture and the iSeries is a very efficient heat pump.

    It is also faster and tighter than tin making saving labor.
  25. This is the old NTI. We use the new Tft, perhaps...

    This is the old NTI. We use the new Tft, perhaps the best value in the condensing boiler market. I would approach the local rep with your issues, most of which I would blame on installation, and ask...
  26. Whatever boiler you choose, make sure you create...

    Whatever boiler you choose, make sure you create and maintain a good working relationship with the installer whom will insist on coming out to service any high efficiency condensing boiler he...
  27. The NTI that drives my heated driveway has an...

    The NTI that drives my heated driveway has an alarm output.

    Frosting of intakes and exhaust is usually related to poor installation.

    We are a Bosch ABC dealer. No one boiler fits every...
  28. One good boiler is all you need, provided it is...

    One good boiler is all you need, provided it is sized properly and installed according to the manufacturers installation manual. Ask the prospective installer for an ACCA Manual 'J' and a sample of...
  29. All true. Though I have access to nearly every...

    All true. Though I have access to nearly every boiler available in the US. The problem is intellectual laziness and simple economics. The contractor can't buy and sell everything. To be profitable...
  30. I have installed 12 different brands and a couple...

    I have installed 12 different brands and a couple of models of half of those. Local support is certainly the most important aspect in most cases. It demonstrates commitment and implies long term...
  31. Forget about it. Get some radiant heat in the...

    Forget about it. Get some radiant heat in the basement level.
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    Munchkin (HTP) was the first of the second...

    Munchkin (HTP) was the first of the second generation of condensing boilers built here in the US. HTP uses the most ubiquitous SS heat exchanger in the world, made in France by Giannoni. Some 15...
  33. It is cold enough to hang meat...I would add a...

    It is cold enough to hang meat...I would add a bit of heat if you want less than 50%, which is good for everything but potatoes and carrots.
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    Get a real contractor to review the system. Pay...

    Get a real contractor to review the system. Pay him, and ask him how to fix it after securing a proper Manual "J"--many here are capable.

    Once you know what size equipment you need, go for the...
  35. One has to look at the floor plan and have a...

    One has to look at the floor plan and have a room-by-room heat load at hand to consider the output of each radiant floor system independently. Generally, WarmBoard works best in new construction with...
  36. Condensing boiler, indirect water heater and...

    Condensing boiler, indirect water heater and proper heat load with boiler treatment and intelligent controls. We don't use Nest on our radiant designs, since my own blew up the first season and I...
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    Bill has it right. Your slime is anaerobic...

    Bill has it right. Your slime is anaerobic bacteria poop. Buy a Fernox boiler commissioning kit and take a minute to read and understand it before you start.

    The water you start with should not...
  38. There are people here who forgot more about hot...

    There are people here who forgot more about hot water heat than heating help.com knows collectively.

    Rinnai will work. With built-in outdoor reset under and over shooting the thermostat is rare...
  39. We have installed nearly all the combi boiler...

    We have installed nearly all the combi boiler units. Right sizing is the first order of business, which is why we don't do as many as we would like. The brand should be locally supported with...
  40. Rider has the answer. You have a loose connection...

    Rider has the answer. You have a loose connection or bad relay.
  41. I agree with k. Change the ignitor. Ignore the...

    I agree with k.

    Change the ignitor. Ignore the rest of my recommendations. Just kidding. No one does it.
  42. Find the TT Solo installation manual. Read it. ...

    Find the TT Solo installation manual. Read it.

    Pay particular attention to pages 37 through 64 and pause to fill out the essential pages 56 and 57, as I have good money on two totally empty...
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    I have designed and installed zoned systems and...

    I have designed and installed zoned systems and used mini-splits for small rooms, suites and more especially "bonus" rooms. For reasons I don't have the time or patience to render here, your only l...
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    The bonus, I mean, Master should have it's own...

    The bonus, I mean, Master should have it's own mini-split sized to the load with a proper Manual 'J'. More especially if the garage is not heated.
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    If your house is tight you need fresh air....

    If your house is tight you need fresh air. Humidity is another matter and only on aspect of IAQ. An ERV recovers the energy lost when changing air mechanically.
  46. We currently install all four of your choices ....

    We currently install all four of your choices . All are a tremendous improvement over the troublesome Quietside boiler.

    A stainless steel indirect is the best investment you can make for high...
  47. Mine works fine :grin2: 8 minute installation,...

    Mine works fine :grin2:

    8 minute installation, single stage radiant floor only.
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    Yes. The Bosch Therm 520 HN and the PN Piezo...

    Yes. The Bosch Therm 520 HN and the PN Piezo models.
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    An ERV would be in order with the condenser...

    An ERV would be in order with the condenser outside to unload the sensible to the outdoors and the latent down the drain as usual.
  50. A whole house fan, much like the ubiquitous...

    A whole house fan, much like the ubiquitous "swamp cooler" popular in the South West, depends on the judicious use of windows to supply the air being exhausted, or pushed out in the case of swamp...
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