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AGE of HEATERS, BOILERS, FURNACES
BACKDRAFTING HEATING EQUIPMENT
BACKFLOW PREVENTER VALVE, HEATING SYS
BANGING HEATING PIPES RADIATORS
BOILER CONTROLS & SWITCHES
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BTU USAGE MONITORS
CHEMICAL TREATMENTS for BOILERS
CHIMNEY INSPECTION DIAGNOSIS REPAIR
CIRCULATOR PUMPS & RELAYS
DEFINITION of HEATING & COOLING TERMS
DIAGNOSE & FIX HEATING PROBLEMS-BOILER
DRAFT MEASUREMENT, CHIMNEYS & FLUES
DRAFT REGULATORS, DAMPERS, BOOSTERS
FILTERS, OIL on HEATING EQUIPMENT
FIRE SAFETY CONTROLS
FLOODED HEATING EQUIPMENT REPAIR
FLUE VENT CONNECTORS
FREEZE-PROOF A BUILDING
FUEL OIL TYPES & CHARACTERISTICS
FUEL UNIT, HEATING OIL PUMPS
GAS BURNER Flame & Noise Defects
GAS PIPING, VALVES, CONTROLS
GAUGES ON HEATING EQUIPMENT
HEATING COST SAVINGS METHODS
HEATING LOSS DIAGNOSIS-BOILERS
HEATING OIL PIPING TROUBLES
HEATING SYSTEM INSPECTION GUIDE
HEATING SYSTEM NOISES
HIGH EFFICIENCY BOILERS/FURNACES
GAS LP & NATURAL GAS SAFETY HAZARDS
MANUALS & PARTS GUIDES - HVAC
MOTOR OVERLOAD RESET SWITCH
NO HEAT - BOILER
NOISE, HEATING SYSTEMS
ODORS FROM HEATING SYSTEMS
OIL PUMP FUEL UNIT
PUFFBACKS, OIL BURNER
RELIEF VALVES - STEAM TP VALVES
Reset Switch - Heater Primary Control
RESET SWITCH - ELECTRIC MOTOR
Reset Switch - Stack Relays
SAFETY, HEATING INSPECTION
SAFETY RECALLS CHIMNEYS VENTS HEATERS
SOOT on OIL FIRED HEATING EQUIPMENT
SPILL SWITCHES - Flue Gas Detection S
STACK RELAY SWITCHES
STEAM HEATING SYSTEMS
THERMOSTATS, HEATING / COOLING
VIDEO GUIDES: Heating System Videos
ZONE VALVES, HEATING
Heating zone circulator pump mounting position: is it ok to mount a circulator pump vertically, on an angle, or in some other position? What do heating circulator pump manufacturers say about the mounting position of the circulator motor above or below the pumping impeller assembly? What about the location of wiring, oil cups, and related controls?
This article series describes how to diagnose & fix circulator pump problems on hot water or hydronic heating systems.
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(Feb 18, 2013) greg said:
I am installing a circulator pump on an outdoor wood boiler I have been told that some stove have been installed to pull water from toward the bottom and returning on top and also the other way around. what is your advise?
Greg I don't know quite what's the design of your system. In general, some installers like to put the circulator pump on the return side of the hot water piping loop, figuring that by running the cooler water rather than the hotter water through the pump assembly it will last longer.
Reader opinion on circulator pump images: up vs down:
I'm seeing pictures of products installed incorrectly with no mention that they are wrong. You should only post pictures of the items that your talking about that are correctly installed.
The circulators at the top with the motor in the up position is incorrect unless your are running over 20lb's of system pressure, there are also pictures of oil filters mounted right at the burner on other pages which doesn't allow enough distance for the oil to stabilize before enturing the pump. There is more, but enough. Please upgrade your pictures.
Thanks Ken, interesting points, though in some cases lacking authoritative citation of expert sources. If you can give me a source citation for oil stabilization problems, for example, we'd be very glad to add that to our information. We also welcome reader contributions of photographs of both correct and problematic equipment installations.
The photos shown throughout these heating articles are indeed from "real world" rather than theoretical installations and are indeed deserving of comments about good and bad practices.
I have indeed observed circulator pump assembly bearing failures that occurred when a pump was not properly mounted, but generally that failure occurred because the motor was not properly supported or a new motor was mounted into an old, askew mounting bracket.
There are constraints on the location of wiring boxes and oil ports on some equipment but there is actually quite a bit of flexibility about the position of the circulator motor with respect to the pumping impeller assembly and with respect to the direction of piping.
Please see CIRCULATOR PUMP MOUNT LOCATIONS for a detailed discussion of the mounting location and position of circulators.
I agree that some heating system oil piping installations place control valves (FIRE SAFETY CONTROLS) or heating oil filters (OIL FILTERS on HEATING EQUIPMENT) at less than ideal positions that make maintenance inconvenient for the service technician. We generally comment on these observations at those photos. So if you see comments missing at specific photographs in specific articles please let me know.
But your comments about oil stabilization and hot water heating system pressure vs. circulator position are not cited in the manufacturer's literature we have on review nor have I found references to your view in the literature. So some citations explaining your comments would be most helpful. Thanks.
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