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Steam heat is a great warm, wonderful, and absolutely fabulous way to heat your house. Steam heat is almost always created from water in a boiler fueled by gas, oil or electricity. It then passes through pipes and radiators or convectors to heat your home. A steam heating system uses steam that is generated from a boiler. When the water boils, the steam rises through the pipes and into the radiators to heat them. The hot radiators then heat your home.

Steam is a great heat distribution medium because it moves easily through your system and it has an extremely high heat-holding capacity. The heat-holding capacity of steam is much greater than that of water. Steam heating systems often operate at very low pressures and usually under 220°F. Steam heat is usually distributed by either one or two pipe systems. In a case of a one-pipe steam heating system, a single main serves the dual purpose of supplying steam to the heat exchanger and allowing condensate to run back from the radiators also. A two-pipe system has two connections from each heat exchanger or radiator. In this system, steam and condensate flow in separate piping from each other. With a steam system all pipes must be well insulated and you must use pipe insulation rated for steam piping. If the insulation is removed the system will no longer work as designed. Noise and all sorts of problems will come from uninsulated piping.

When you have radiators on upper floors or radiators that are further from the boiler they should be adjusted to release more air to compensate for the increased air volume in the piping due to the distance from the boiler. If you have a valve that is clogged with mineral deposits or stuck shut, no air will be able to get out of the piping. Because of this no steam can enter the radiator, so it doesn't heat up. This will block the movement of steam into the radiator, or cause a very noisy hammering as pressurized steam tries to get through this water "dam".

Steam radiators need to have a valve that allows air to escape at a controlled rate so that the radiator can heat up. Steam heating systems will also lose a little bit of water all the time, so there has to be water makeup so that you do not run your boiler dry. Steam heating systems without an automatic water feeder are not safe. You will risk serious boiler damage should boiler water be lost. If the boiler runs dry it could also explode if water is placed into it while it is hot. There should always be a low water cutoff installed on every steam system. Therefore on a steam boiler the automatic water feeder serves as a safety device also.

It is very important that you find someone that is very familiar with steam heating systems when repairing or installing steam heating. Incorrectly designed, installed, steam systems and condensate piping is a huge problem in today's buildings and facilities. There are not many qualified to design and install properly operating steam heating systems. Incorrect steam piping will always cause costly premature failure of steam equipment such as steam coils, heat exchangers, and control valves. Not to mention the higher cost of operating a system that is not working efficiently.
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on Dec 29, 2009 | Heating & Cooling

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NEW WATTER HEATER MAKES A HUMMING /WHISTLING SOUND


Factory-installed heat traps can cause this problem:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Low-hot-water-pressure.html#trap
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html#heat-trap

Remove heat traps, or heat trap inserts, or heat trap nipples.
Make your own heat traps, and save 4-9$ per year, using flex copper connections, or reconnect pipes in heat-trap configuration.
Always insulate pipes.
With electric heater, pipe insulation can run all the way to tank.
With atmospheric-vent gas water heater, the pipe insulation cannot obstruct air intake at draft hood. With power vent gas, the pipe insulation can run all the way to tank.

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Mar 10, 2013 | Water Heaters

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My indirect heat water tank not getting hot water from the circulator pump to heat the water tank when it is called from the theromsat. Please help.


Check if you have an electric motorised valve in the pipe line. If this has failed then it would stop the hot water circulation. It should have a lever to manually open the valve as a simple check if it is working.

Feb 27, 2012 | Hardware & Accessories

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Rattling AFTER water use, while heating


1) Rattling or clunking sound in pipes when water is shut off can be caused by lack of air chamber at the faucet. When moving water is suddenly stopped by faucet turning off, the forward energy of water suddenly stopping will cause pipes to shake. This is because water cannot be compressed. To stop this problem, each faucet has air chamber connected to pipes behind the wall. The air chamber is a simple pipe sticking up with a cap on it. The air chamber never fills with water, so a 'pocket' of air is contained inside the pipe. When water shuts off, the forward motion of water moves up the air chamber where it compresses the air which absorbs the energy, so pipes don't rattle or clunk.
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2) Gurgling, popping sound inside tank is caused by sediment build up.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

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I have a lot of noise coming from the pipes i have bleed the air valves from the registers and still have the noise


you can not bleed air from a air con system like you can a radiator in your home its against the law the system will need to have the gas removed checked for leaks put on a vacum then recharged bleeding will not work

Jan 21, 2011 | Heating & Cooling

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Sewer smell in house since installing the new toliet and the toliet gurgles when the washing machine is on. It started with the new toliet now the gurgling and smell is also present in another bathroom.


It sounds like a vent problem.
On top of each house is a vent stack.
There should be a vent stack above each toilet, and above kitchen sink.
Look for pipes sticking out of roof.
These pipes are open to the sewer line.
When you run a column of water down a drain, the vent stack lets air flow in front of and behind the column of water.
This air flow prevents the gurgling sound.
The gurgling sound is the drain water pushing air in front of it because of a clogged vent.
If you have a two story house, there are vents that run between floors to prevent the air flow from gurgling or bubbling sewer air into each drain as water column moves down pipe.

http://www.bradyinspects.com/plumbing-vents.html
http://chestofbooks.com/home-improvement/construction/plumbing/Standard-Practical/Venting-Part-3.html

Look for bird nest over vent pipe on top of house.
Run a snake down into pipe from roof and see if the is a stoppage.
You many need to call plumber to track down each vent and the cause.
For example if there are quick-vents installed inside a wall and the quick vent is no longer working.

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Cast iron boiler pipes not heating


IT sounds like the pump if this a wet sytem the expaisin tank could be dry

Feb 02, 2010 | Heating & Cooling

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Car overheating


If the water is pumping out of the overflow pipe either something is pressurizing the coolant system(cracked head or blown head gasket) or you have a very bad pressure cap. I have seen a bad pressure cap cause all kinds of problems.

Nov 12, 2008 | 1990 Mazda 626

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Maytag Neptune model # mah6500aww: makes banging noise and causes machine to move


A loud banging sound in the pipes is usually caused by a water hammer effect. Water hammer sounds are caused by a valve closing in the system, and yet the water in the pipe is still flowing because of its kinetic energy. The banging happens as the water hits the valve that prevents it from going any further. If the kinetic energy is great enough, it can actually cause a pipe to burst or explode at the end. If a valve is closed near the beginning or in the middle of a system, the water keeps flowing after that point, and it can actually create a vacuum. This vacuum can cause a pipe to implode if the stress is too great. Roaring type noises may be coming from a spin bearing. This bearing probably had the grease washed from it because of a tub seal leak.
Squeaking sounds in a new washer are usually caused by the new parts getting broken in, and will usually go away after several washes.
The sounds of water gurgling, slurping, or sloshing during a spin cycle are usually caused by the drain pump pushing the water out of the washer tub.
Too much water pressure can cause a whistling or squealing sound. Adjust the hot and cold intake water valves to relieve this sound.
Metallic clinking sounds during spin or agitation may be the result of drive train components meshing during speed changes or after a pause.
Swishing or swooshing type of sounds may be caused by water and suds trapped between the tub and basket during a spin cycle, and will usually clear up as the water is drained from the washer

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