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Takagi TK-JR vibrating noise

I have a takagi TK-JR that I use to heat a closed loop hydronic system in my garage. I use a grundfos three speed pump and run it on medium speed. It has worked great for two years and all of a sudden this year when I fired it up it vibrates like crazy. I cleaned the filter, added more air bleeds, flushed out the system and refilled with new 50% glycol and the thing still vibrates. I had the gas supply pressure checked, 8" of water and the takagi tech walked the gas guy through the process of dropping the manifold pressure but the next day when I fired it up, it vibrated again. If I stand there and nurse it through the first 15 minutes of operation by dropping the pump speed to low, I can get it to work without noise for as long as it is firing. Heater will not fire up with pump on low speed as there is not enough flow so I have to start it on medium speed and then switch to low speed so it does not vibrate itself to peices. I also had to up the pressure in the system to 30psi from 15psi and that seemed to help a bit. It acts like the water is boiling and that is causing it to vibrate. Pretty much same problem here. Sometimes when use kitchen sink or dishwasher water heater starts vibrating and quite loudly. If i open some cold/warm water it stops but as soon as i turn on all hot it starts again.

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    Keep showing code 21water turn cold

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Remove your hydronic pump and replace the flexible impeller coupling that couples the impeller blades to the pump motor. make sure you don't do this on a sat or, sunday (i hate house calls then) and, be sure you have a new pump housing gasket before you start the job. Also check the unit for loose pipe brackets

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http://waterheatertimer.org/images/IMG_9325-grundfos-timer-800.jpg
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