Tip & How-To about Heating & Cooling
The pressure reducing valve on a boiler is the way that the water pressure in the boiler is controlled. The standard pressure for many hot water boilers is considered to be 12 PSI. To keep the boiler pressure at or near the 12 PSI mark a small valve is used for pressure reducing. Most domestic water systems run between 20 and 60 PSI, so the pressure must be reduced for the boiler.
This pressure reducing valve is installed in the pipe that goes from the domestic cold water to somewhere in the piping on the heating system, usually at or near the expansion tank. The valve is mostly maintenance free but will create some problems at times. Some of the things that can go wrong are:
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