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Not continuous hot water and radiators

I got a combi boiler i jut dont seem to have continuous hot water when i moved into mt place it was already here but no instructions

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  • sandra_lenni Jun 07, 2009

    not sure of size

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If it has a distance from the boiler to your use the water in the lines and the lines themselves ahve to warm up before you will get hot water, Let me know more if this dosnt help. Please rate me as high as possible if it does help you understand your trouble.

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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    Farley Redfield Jun 07, 2009

    What are your connection sizes at the boiler 3/4" pipe? and what size pipe is comming to the boiler ? reduced? DOes it have a recirculator pump or do you know what that is? Im not trying to be smart but dont know how technical I can be. 

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