The boiler is used in a central heating system to heat water that is pumped through pipes to radiators within the home.

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Is it necessary to connect a boiler and gas meter to the main fuse box?

We are getting a new kitchen fitted. An electrical survey has been carried out by the compnay installing kitchen. they have said that, our brand new and recently fitted, boiler needs a earth wire ...
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Why do the radiators in my home heating system get extremely hot?

I have a standard British heating configuration at home - there is one gas heater that provides hot water both for the boiler (and bathroom etc.) as well as for central heating. There is a small ...
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Is it possible to recover waste heat from a boiler?

I did a google search and came back with industrial products, but no residential prosucts. I have a System 2000 boiler and hot water tank. When the furnace is firing, the temp of the exhaust through ...
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How safe is having my boiler in my daughter's bedroom?

I just moved into a new house where the 10 year old boiler is located in the bedroom where my 3 year old daughter sleeps. I'd like to get an idea of how safe/dangerous this situation is. Could the ...
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Should we turn our oil hot water heater off every night?

My husband and I are considering shutting off our hot water heater from 8pm to 8am every night to save on energy. Is such a time frame long enough to create a noticeable difference in our oil bill? ...
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Can I have multiple heating zones with a combination boiler?

I bought my first house in December and one thing I've noticed over the winter is higher than expected gas usage which I'd like to try and get down if at all possible. The house is a three bedroom ...
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Why isn't water coming out of a radiator in my freshly pressurized system?

I live in an old Victorian with three stories, plus a basement and an attic. I tried to bleed the radiators in preparation for turning the heat on, but was unable to get any water out of the radiators ...
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Why does my boiler keep shutting down and reigniting after a minute?

My central heating comes on via the timer and runs for about 30 minutes, then it shuts down for a minute, runs for 2 minutes, shuts down for a minute, runs for 2 minutes. This is a constant thing ...
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Why do my downstairs radiators run colder than upstairs?

Our combi boiler in the loft (less than 3 years old Vaillant EcoTec) is heating the upstairs radiators nicely, but the downstairs ones are lukewarm to cold. I have opened all the radiator valves ...
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The pilot light won't ignite on my boiler — what I should check?

We have just brought a new house and I can’t get the pilot light to ignite on the boiler, it is at least a few months since the boiler has been used. Where to I start on tracking down the problem? ...
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How is a high altitude natural gas burner different?

What is the difference between high altitude natural gas burner and conventional low altitude gas burner and why high altitude natural gas burner are needed?
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What would cause this bad flame pattern in my boiler?

I'm living in Mexico and my landlord just installed a new boiler. When it's turned on, it makes this huge noise. When you check the burner, you can see this flame below the main burner. I asked my ...
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Is it bad/unusual for an oil burner to turn off then immediately back on?

We have an oil-fired hydronic heating system. The boiler is approximately 30-40 years old, and the system was checked and cleaned at the start of this winter. When the burner is running, you can hear ...
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Why does the pilot light keep going out on my natural gas boiler?

The boiler lit and ran the other day, but now the pilot light was out. I could hear a hum at the control. I lit the pilot light, but when I no longer pressed on the valve, the pilot light went out ...
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How can I regulate pressure to a BAXI LUNA 240i boiler?

I need to increase the pressure to the boiler, how should i proceed? Checked on youtube and found a couple of systems but they do not apply to my model (at least not at first sight). Some pics here ...
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Who should I contact to remove an old boiler from my basement?

I had a boiler fire. When I replaced the boiler, I kept the old one around for insurance purposes. Now it's time to get rid of it. It's got a good bit of steel in it, and still has a couple of steel ...
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Can upgrading my boiler save me money?

I've just received my annual gas usage statement. It came as a surprise to me that I'm using almost the average gas consumption in the UK. The average is 16,500kWh and I used 15,000kWh over the year. ...
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Gas combi boiler - left running constantly in cold weather

I've a gas combi-boiler that is generally working fine, but we're getting some seriously cold weather here at the minute (for us anyway) and I've had the odd problem with the boiler starting up when ...
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Should the sight glass of a steam boiler always be within the recommended range? Or only when firing?

We just had a new steam boiler installed and it is working great; all radiators are hot when the heat turns on etc. One thing I noticed though is that the site glass for the water level reads too ...
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How can I stop my house from waking my wife up every day in the winter?

I'd like to preface this post with the fact that I'm a complete diy amateur. I may say stupid things, or things that make no sense. Please feel free to correct me as I'm always open to learn. So, ...
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What is the cost of one percent efficiency on an oil heater?

We've now had about 7 contractors come to our house and give us estimates for replacing a) our oil heater (system from the early 1980's, estimated at around 65% effeciency), and b) our central air ...
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Converting from Oil to Gas heat. Any recommendations?

I've received news that I'll need to get a new boiler. My wife and I want to take this opportunity to switch to natural gas from oil. I'm a technical guy, but I'm having trouble deciphering the power ...
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What alternatives are there to a gas boiler for private house?

I am looking for gas boiler alternatives for private house. At this moment I have found solid fuel boiler as replacement of gas one. Could someone suggest any alternative to gas technology or other ...
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What could cause my boiler to ignite 3 times then goes off?

My boiler ignites 3 times then goes off but the boile people came round and said it was the switch but after they went we turned the switch on and it worked but it goed on for like a minute and goes ...
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I think I may have fixed my boiler but how could this have helped?

I am an unbelievably "low confidence" DIYer, having only ever rented properties, which limits the stuff you're supposed to do, for liability reasons. However, we had a boiler issue where it was ...
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Should my boiler be serviced annually?

I have a oil-fueled boiler that provides steam heat in the winter and hot water all year. Should I have it inspected and serviced annually? If so, what should such a service entail?
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Should I use thread-seal tape for steam pipe?

I am getting ready to replace the pressuretrol of my oil-burning steam boiler, which provides heat and hot water. Should I use thread-seal tape (aka. Teflon tape, PTFE tape, tape dope, or plumber's ...
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Can I trust my pressuretrol?

My steam boiler, which supplies both heat and hot water, turned off a day or two ago, resulting in cold water. After some debugging, I found that the problem was with the pressuretrol, the device that ...
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How do I bleed baseboard radiators without a bleeder valve?

I recently bought a newly remodeled 1950's era house about two months ago. It has a Weil Mclain fuel oil boiler that provides heat to four different zones (loops) in the house. Each zone has a couple ...
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How do I identify the C terminal on my HVAC?

How do I identify the C terminal on an HVAC, furnace, or boiler? If the terminals don't have a screw labeled C what should I look for on the wiring diagram? What steps should I take if a wiring ...
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How do I restore boiler pressure through the filling tap?

I have a "Glow Worm" combi boiler that has been losing pressure slowly - from 1.0 bar to 0.6 bar over the course of a few months. The instructions simply say that to restore pressure, "slowly open ...
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Potterton EP3000 -> Horstmann C27 boiler programmer wiring

I'm in the UK, using an ancient tempermental Potterton EP3000 boiler programmer, but I have a brand new Horstmann C27 which I'd like to replace it with. Apart from the mains supply, there are three ...
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Combination boiler pressure zero after heating

I generally don't notice a performance problem with the boiler, but after I run the heat to the radiators and turn the boiler off, after cooling down the the pressure gauge shows zero. I can easily ...
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How to change water filter if the only valve is before the boiler?

How can I change the water filter if the only valve to close the water supply is before the boiler? If I just close the valve and unscrew the filter the hot water from the boiler will flow back? Is ...
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What is the proper way to drain a boiler's expansion tank?

The expansion tank is supposed to have some air in it, but I'm guessing that mine doesn't. Let's suppose (i.e. I'm making this up in the hope that someone will correct me) that the tank should be ...
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How do I insulate my Laddomat 21 boiler charger?

I have a mixing device Laddomat 21 installed for my boiler + accumulator tank. I have all pipes around the boiler insulated with pre-formed moulded mineral wool insulation, but there is no insulation ...
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How do I work out the CH boiler size we should have?

How do I work out the boiler size we should have? (I have been told we need a 18KW boiler for our large 3 detached bedroom bungalow in the north of the UK, is this really powerful enough?)
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Why would the input gas pressure fall when the central heating boiler calls for heat?

Since the annual service of my traditional gas boiler the house takes considerably longer to heat up. The boiler flame no longer seems as "fierce" as previously. I'm told the burner pressure and ...
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What should I do about this Alpha HE CB33 Boiler pressure error condition?

I have an alpha he cb33 boiler which has stopped working this morning. Yesterday I removed a radiator for cleaning then put it back on and re-pressurised the system. It was working ok last night. ...
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How do I know if my high limit and low limit are set correctly on my aquastat?

I have a boiler that is only providing heat for my forced hot water baseboard system (4 zones). I've always thought that the high limit on the aquastat was too low (the temperature on the boiler ...
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A boiler and a hot water tank … what is this configuration? (UK)

I'm a west-coast American living in London. I grew up with baseboard and central forced air heating. I'm currently living in the UK where water radiators are common (if not pretty much the ...
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How far apart is it okay to set thermostat during night and day

This isn't home improvement, per se, so please feel free to let me know if there is a better forum for this. I have been told by two people, one of whom is a boiler repair technician, that it's not a ...
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Is basement smell caused by oil boiler?

Although dry and not moldy, my 130-year-old basement has a distinct basement smell that bothers my wife. I am trying to determine its source. We have steam heat. In the summer, the boiler is only ...
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Combi boiler lighting hourly to warm heat exchanger - is this normal?

I have an Ideal Isar HE24. It lights for 2 minutes once an hour to warm the heat exchanger and 'optimise delivery time for domestic hot water to taps or showers'... The problem is that this is ...
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Could excess water in the boiler cause overflowing radiators?

The water level for my boiler seems to go above the labeled height. We now have a sporadic water leak that is not showing itself. Could it be that the excess water in the boiler is causing this ...
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How can I stop the boiler from heating the radiators when only hot water is wanted?

I have Baxi Boiler (model unknown at this precise moment in time) which British Gas have fixed up to a seperate control panel (see image - not our actual panel, image from Google!). The problem is ...
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What would cause a gas fired, forced water boiler to shut down?

I have a fairly old Peerless, natural gas fired, forced water boiler. It has an electric ignition system (White Rodgers 50E47-843 Universal HSI Ignition Module). A few weeks ago it shut down (safety ...
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Pressure level in central heating system

Recently (since last week), the pressure in our heating system (as indicated by the pressure gauge on the boiler) is dropping rapidly. We're having to top this up around once every two days. As I ...
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Gledhill 450 Torrent RE

What is the top pipe connected to my Gledhill Torrent 450 RE thermal store? It comes out of the very top of the tank. Not on the side but right on the top in the centre?
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Boiler Temperature in oil system

Our complex winter-summer boiler control unit for an oil-fired forced water heating system frequently calls for a temperature that the boiler never achieves on a cold day. The burner will turn off ...