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The vxt progammed water feeder from my burnham steam boiler malfunctioned by allowing water to rush a plumber temporarily corrected the problem but said water feeder needs to be replaced. I am looking for a second opinion

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  • tkonigit Sep 10, 2008

    thanks, the solution to replace the water heater wasn't sitting right with me I am going to investigate further.

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WELL IF YOUR REPAIRMAN SAID THAT THE WATER FEEDER WAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO REPAIR AND THE PROBLEM WILL BE GOES ON AND ON. ITS IS BETTER TO INSTALL A NEW PARTS

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How did he correct problem? might have just had trash in it have you flushed the unit

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    TripleTauto Sep 10, 2008

    good luck a lot of times it is just trash clogging valve worth trying first

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