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  1. #1
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    Steam boiler water feeder problem

    I have a Weil Mclain gas steam boiler (~1992-1993). After I purchased the house the automatic water feeder never worked. (automatic feeding function, manual push-button feed works fine). In the past I normally manual fed once every two weeks. But starting from last winter I had to put water more and more frequently. Now I almost have to put water every 24 hours.

    Last Fall I replaced the water feeder with a same model (McDonnell and Miller, 24vDC). After I installed the new one still did not work automatically. I called the McDonnell and Miller and its technical asked me to look into the Low Water cut-off. What I found out is the water feeder is 24vDC and the low water cut-off (also McDonnell and Miller) is 120vAC. The tech said it might be the incompatible voltage of the water feeder and low water cut-off caused the automatic feeder not working.

    To make sure I called the local PSE&G serviceman to check and they told me the boiler did not have a ‘Hartford Loop’, so it’s not safe to operate. He further said the burner might have been cracked so that water leaks out, that’s why I need to add water every 24 hours. But I never see any water on the floor if the burner cracked.

    I am totally lost, please help me.
    Thanks

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    Have them look for a crack.

    if it is cracked get estimates to replace it. And have a hartford loop installed.

    Could be cracked above the water level.
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    What would be the rough cost to replace the burner? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tznj View Post
    What would be the rough cost to replace the burner? Thanks.
    we don't talk prices here. Since price varies by area, and company needs.

    You say burner. I think they meant boiler.
    But I could be wrong.
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    Any recommendations on water feeder? My old boiler I never needed to manually put in water. This one never worked.

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    McDonnell and Miller

    First, I'd want to know why the boiler cracked. The non working water feed didn't cause it.

    Lack of a hartford loop didn't cause it either, unless a fitting broke and drained all teh water out sometime.

    I've seen a cracked boiler last 2 years.
    And I've seen them open up the rest of the way in 7 days, and leave the place without heat.


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    Twilli says 10's of 1000's of boilers without a hartfors loop. Call someone familiar with steam and your problem could be easily solved. Check bleeders.
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