Looking for advice!! I just bought a house that has oil heat (forced hot
water baseboards and hot water). The boiler (or furnace) is supposedly 3
years old (Burnham). Tonight I noticed some water dripping from the front
left hand corner (it was a rapid drip with some steam). Once the furnace
stopped heating the drip stopped. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!!
Good grief, I would call a service person, preferably one used to
dealing with boilers. I used to have a house that was built in 1908,
with the original boiler still in use, and it didn't leak steam or
Will the warranty cover me? Granted I hope any problems on a 3 year old
burner are covered under warranty, but does that warranty transer (I just
bought the house less than a week ago).
On Mon, 04 Apr 2005 23:50:48 -0400, NokNokMan wrote:
You bought it a week ago! Did you get a home inspection? See if the
original warranty was transferable. If you are lucky enough and can find
the repairman who was out and diagnosed it as an issue you have a
disclosure case against the seller if your state laws mandate this, I
believe all do. Yes you should call every area tech. The seller most
likely knew of this condition and did not disclose it. Buyer beware
comes to mind. This is why home inspectors have insurance . Do your
research and get a pro out to diagnose it properly, We cant see it but
very possibly it is trash.
I got a home inspection. They checked it out and reported nothing wrong
(said I might want to turn the hot water temperature down (forced hot
water for sinks/showers/etc)). Could there really be a major issue with
such a new system? The boiler cycled many times that night (didn't drip
at all) and so far has not yet tonight. I'm having a local oil company
come to clean/tune the system, and check out what caused the drip. The
drip stopped last night after that cycle ended. It was coming right down
the front left corner from the inside, it was dripping from the outer
shell (from the inside, not down the outside). Now I'm worried this could
be something big!!
On Tue, 05 Apr 2005 07:04:33 -0500, m Ransley wrote:
Try to trace exactly where the water is coming from.
You may simply have an expansion safety valve that is popping open due to
higher than normal
pressure when the boiler is at its hottest. I suspect that may be the
problem since you state that
the leak stops when the boiler cools a bit.
The leak isn't likely to stop at all if there is a crack in the boiler.
How high is the pressure gauge reading on the boiler when the burner is
running for some time?
If it's over 30 lbs, the safety valve will pop open reducing pressure.
I'd check to see that your expanion tank isn't filled with water.
There are two types of expansion tanks.
One has a bladder separating water from air -the other doesn't.
If there isn't enough air in the tank, there isn't enough room for the water
to expand as it's heated
and the safety valve will blow open.
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