I do not know how old the copper piping for the hot water heating system is. We purchased the house in 1977. We replaced the furnace with a Peerless Pinnacle boiler in 2006, included an integrated hot water heater and separate zones for the hot water heater, living room, kitchen and 2nd floor. All the piping was soldered. In 2015 we added a laundry room, heating under the floor and another zone. The piping is solderless.
Over the winter of 2019, we had a problem with overheating in the second floor. The HVAC people found a small piece of solder stuck in the check valve for the pump that was dedicated to the 2nd floor and the extol tank was replaced. Charge was $ 571. Since then we have had incidents with all of the other check valves in their respective pumps except the one for the hot water heater. Each had a piece of solder stuck in it and all of the check valves in the circulating pumps have been replaced. Each time they replaced a valve, they found a small piece of debris that they identified as solder that kept the valve from closing completely. In trouble shooting this problem, they flushed the entire system. Through all this the company did not charge any extra. In September, the HVAC company did winter maintenance on the furnace. The next day, the first floor overheated. The service man found a minute piece of solder in the check valve and replaced it. The cost was $ 371 but they reduced it to $ 276. Tonight the first floor is over heating again. Each check valve and service call is expensive. In all the years we have had a hot water heating system, we have never experienced this kind of a problem and the HVAC company has never seen it either.
They have recommended a screen which will cost $ 500, not a magnetic one, as the problem is with solder which is not magnetic. I am beside myself and very concerned about the expense. Do you have any suggestions or opinions on this issue?