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Steam boiler VXt progammed water feeder

I had rushing water through pipes from my burnham steam boiler. A plumber advised me that my programmed water feeder malfunctioned and needs to be replaced. He thought it unusual that the water was rushing rather than a stoppage by the water feeder. the boier was installed in 2002.
I was looking for other opinions on the matter.

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SOURCE: the vxt progammed water feeder

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

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