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Things are getting steamy - boiler exhaust safety?

New high efficiency boilers installed - great! But what exactly is in the condensate? [more inside]
posted by analog on Dec 12, 2013 - 5 answers

 

Help with Hydronic Heating

Our new-to-us-but-very-old home needs a new boiler (and water heater). What are our best options? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Nov 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Chimney repair: repoint, rebuild, or remove (and replace [boiler])

The flashing around my chimney isn't doing its job, and I'm getting a little bit of water in my attic during very heavy rains. I'm in the process of getting bids to fix this. Both guys I've had out so far have noticed that the brick is deteriorating - one guy proposed repointing and the other guy thought that the chimney needed to be rebuilt from the roof up. But since the chimney only vents the boiler and the water heater, I got to thinking - should I seize this opportunity to replace these aging appliances with a combi boiler and do away with the chimney for good? [more inside]
posted by ndg on Oct 24, 2013 - 5 answers

What's broken: shower, tank, pump, thermostat, boiler, or all??

I live in rented accommodation in the UK. The hot water is scaldingly hot. The radiators burn to touch. The shower temperature is hugely unreliable -- scalding or freezing. The landlord is worried that a plumber will rip him off, based on bad experiences in the past, and unwilling to pay to investigate. Can you help me understand what's going on? I'd like to put my landlord's mind at rest regarding plumbers, and set his expectations regarding likely diagnoses and solutions -- and hence cost. I also suspect this situation is wasting energy and hence driving up the cost of heating bills. I'd like to persuade the landlord that fixing it might be a good idea. [more inside]
posted by ajp on Apr 12, 2013 - 23 answers

How much electricity does a gas boiler use?

I know this question is a little bit arbitrary, but any response will be helpful. I live in a 2 family spilt house/condo. I noticed that my electrical box is powering the OTHER unit's gas boiler. I assume that the electrical just feeds the thermostat and maybe triggering the pilot to boil the water?? (My knowledge here is limited.) Without knowing too much about their heating use, I am trying to determine the urgency of getting an electrician to switch it from my electricity to the other unit's electrical box.
posted by lccslug on Jan 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Ancient boiler/modern thermostat: help me end the freeze/roast cycle

I need some thermostat programming tips. I moved over the summer and now I have a thermostat after many, many years of living with landlord-controlled heating systems and other curious and quirky forms of heating. Problem: the boiler takes FOREVER to heat up the radiators and then overshoots the target temperature dramatically. Details within. [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Oct 12, 2012 - 9 answers

How much gas can a furnace use when it's 85F outside?

I haven't even turned the heat on yet and my gas bill is already as high as it was last winter. WTF? [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Aug 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Boilers boilers boilers

Can you tell me how to buy a boiler? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Heating an old house: Should the baseboard heating stay or go?

Heating an old house: Should the baseboard heating stay or go? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jun 1, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me lower my home oil heating costs

Any experience with the Energy Kinetics EK1 System 2000 boiler? [more inside]
posted by ssmug on Mar 5, 2012 - 20 answers

How to resolve gas inspection dispute?

UK tenant adivce-filter: Stuck with a "dangerous" boiler that perhaps isn't, between estate agents, mistrusting landlord and two different gas/heating companies. How do we keep ourselves safe (and warm)? [more inside]
posted by menialjoy on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Does that look valve-ish to you?

Is this a valve and, if so, how do you open it? [more inside]
posted by demagnetized on Jan 4, 2012 - 15 answers

1928 Weil-McLain hell.

How bad is it to stick out the winter with my house's ridiculously old heating system? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 18, 2011 - 14 answers

Burning down the house (or not).

In a pinch, is it possible to use diesel fuel to fire a boiler that normally runs on no. 2 heating oil? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Jun 24, 2011 - 14 answers

Steam heater: adding water

Steam heating system in an old house. Do I add water, and where? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Dec 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Heater troubleshooting

It's getting cold, and the heat in our newly-purchased but old house won't turn on. Can you help troubleshoot, or should we just call in a professional? [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Oct 2, 2010 - 22 answers

Why does my gas cooker not have gas anymore, and what do I do about it?

My gas hob/stove/cooktop doesn't have gas anymore, in any of the 4 rings. Our gas boiler appears to be working fine as we're still getting heating and hot water. The electric oven on the same appliance also works fine. The ignition works, it's just there's no gas coming through, but there was yesterday. What is wrong, and what do I do?
posted by Kirn on Apr 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Don't drink the brown water

Without warning my hot water (and hot water only) has suddenly started running brown, and when I drain a tub of it silt like material is left in the bottom. I suspect it's rust. After running the water for a long time it does not seem to be going away. Am I right in thinking that this is probably my boiler and it should be replaced? The suddenness seems weird. Also: my family has been showing and bathing in this, could it be harmful in any way?
posted by Artw on Mar 19, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me turn on my radiator

My radiator won't turn on. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Dec 9, 2009 - 10 answers

To repair or to replace?

To repair or replace? Should I repair a boiler with renowned reoccuring faults or replace it with a new reliable boiler with a 5 year warranty? [more inside]
posted by hjd on Nov 30, 2009 - 3 answers

Heat Miser

Our house (with a recently replaced boiler) doesn't get heat in every room. I thought I had figured out the cause, but I was wrong. [more inside]
posted by mkb on Oct 14, 2009 - 11 answers

Dismantle old boiler

How to dismantle an old Boiler? [more inside]
posted by allelopath on Oct 8, 2009 - 5 answers

Am I mistakenly assuming the worst about my landlord and my potentially shady gas bill?

Philly filter: Is my gas bill too high and/or is my landlord shady? We get charged a ton for "indirect" charges by a non-PGW company and must write our checks payable to the landlord, not the utility. I also pay the same amount every month, and am not enrolled in some budget plan that makes the amount due the same each month. Several residents (me included) think this is some sort of way for the landlord to rip us off. [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer on May 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Furnace repair in Vancouver?

Furnace repair filter: Can any Mefites recommend someone for furnace repair in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Jan 13, 2009 - 3 answers

Get me hot: residential boiler info needed.

Does my home really need a new boiler? How do I choose one? Where should I buy it? How much should I pay? [more inside]
posted by wordwhiz on Jul 30, 2007 - 3 answers

Whatr can I do to make the boiler & furnace inaccessible to my cats?

I'm looking for suggestions as to what I can do to keep the boiler & furnace in my house inaccessible to our cats, without closing up the actual room they are in. The boiler has some fluffy insulation around it that I can completely imagine my cats having a ball with. They are not bright. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Jun 1, 2007 - 10 answers

Is my building going to kill me?

My landlords turned on the heat in my building, and now my room smells funny. They say that it's nothing, but I'm kinda worried. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Nov 5, 2006 - 19 answers

Please help with my boiler

What do status codes S.31 and S.36 indicate on a Vaillant ECOmax VUW 236 EH boiler? [more inside]
posted by atrazine on May 29, 2006 - 3 answers

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