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AIR CONDITIONING & HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS
BACKDRAFTING HEATING EQUIPMENT
BACKUP HEAT for HEAT PUMPS
BANGING HEATING PIPES RADIATORS
BLOWER FAN OPERATION & TESTING
BOOKSTORE - InspectAPedia
BTU USAGE MONITORS
CARBON MONOXIDE - CO
CIRCULATOR PUMPS & RELAYS
DIAGNOSTIC GUIDES A/C / HEAT PUMP
DIAGNOSE & FIX HEATING PROBLEMS-BOILER
DIAGNOSE & FIX HEATING PROBLEMS-FURNACE
DIRECT VENTS / SIDE WALL VENTS
DRAFT REGULATOR, DAMPER, BOOSTER
DUCT SYSTEM & DUCT DEFECTS
ELECTRIC MOTOR DIAGNOSTIC GUIDE
FAN, AIR HANDLER BLOWER UNIT
FLOODED HEATING EQUIPMENT REPAIR
FLUE SIZE SPECIFICATIONS
GAS BURNER FLAME & NOISE DEFECTS
GAS PIPING, VALVES, CONTROLS
GEOTHERMAL HEATING SYSTEMS
HEAT PUMPS, DIAGNOSIS, REPAIR
HEATING COST SAVINGS METHODS
HEATING OIL PIPING TROUBLES
HEATING OIL TANKS
HEATING SYSTEM NOISES
HEATING SYSTEM TYPES
GAS LP & NATURAL GAS SAFETY HAZARDS
MANUALS & PARTS GUIDES - HVAC
MIXING / ANTI-SCALD VALVES
MOTOR OVERLOAD RESET SWITCH
NOISE, HEATING SYSTEMS
ODORS FROM HEATING SYSTEMS
OIL FILTERS on HEATING EQUIPMENT
OIL FILL PIPE LEAKS
OIL SPILL CLEANUP / PREVENTION
PLASTIC PLEXVENT ULTRAVENT RECALL
PUFFBACKS, OIL BURNER
RELIEF VALVE LEAKS
RESET SWITCH, HEATER PRIMARY CONTROL
RESET SWITCH, ELECTRIC MOTOR
RESET SWITCH, STACK RELAY
SAFETY, HEATING INSPECTION
SAFETY RECALLS CHIMNEYS VENTS HEATERS
SOLAR HEATING SYSTEM DESIGNS
SOOT on OIL FIRED HEATING EQUIPMENT
STEAM HEATING SYSTEMS
THERMOSTATS, HEATING / COOLING
VIDEO GUIDES: HEATING SYSTEMS
WINTERIZE A BUILDING
WOOD, COAL STOVES & FIREPLACES
WOOD STOVE SAFETY
ZONE VALVES, HEATING
Dictionary of heating boiler terms:
How to identify & name all of the parts & components of Hot Water Heating Boilers and hot water heating systems including oil burners and their parts, boiler parts, hot water baseboard and its parts, hot water radiators, and hot water convector units and their parts and controls.
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This article series answers most questions about central hot water heating system troubleshooting, inspection, diagnosis, and repairs. We describe how to inspect, troubleshoot and repair heating and air conditioning systems to inform home owners, buyers, and home inspectors of common heating system defects.
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Below we list and describe the parts and controls on heating boilers.
The articles at this website describe the basic components of a home heating system, how to find the rated heating capacity of an heating system by examining various data tags and components, how to recognize common heating system operating or safety defects, and how to save money on home heating costs.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
(Mar 10, 2012) David Harris said:
This is the very article I needed. Not only does it explain what each part does in a hotwater/boiler system it shows pictures as well to identify these componants
(Dec 15, 2012) Shuttering Oil said:
Each simple definition includes links to detailed articles discussing how to identify, inspect, diagnose, and repair each component of the heating system.
Thanks so much for the nice note, Mr. Harris. If specific questions arise when you read information at InspecAPedia, we'd be glad to hear them - that feedback helps us see where more research is needed.
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Question: how to replace or re-line a boiler combustion chamber
(Nov 4, 2012) Anonymous said:
my utica boiler model# sf-3100wt needs a chamber kit is this something a homeowner can replace? how do I know if it needs a wet or dry chamber kit?
A wet pack chamber liner kit is usually a replacement alternative to the factory liner that is often in one larger piece.
The wet pack can with care be installed through the oil burner opening - less labor.
The rub for a do it yourself has 2 parts
If you do not install the liner correctlynthe system can be damage, unsafe, even start a fire
Also because the burner is removed for this job youdnneed knowledge and simple tools to bleed air out of the fuel lines on reassembly.
Question: safety switch trips itself
(Jan 12, 2013) c.p. said:
Is there any malfunction that would cause the service safety switch on our oil fired boiler to trip itself?
Possibly a wiring error, but generally 98% of the time if a boiler is off on reset there is a flame problem sensed by the cad cell or stack relay.
Question: replacingan old boiler, large pipes
(May 28, 2014) Alex said:
Replacing an old boiler.
Alex, for an unseen system I'm nervous about predicting the difficulties involved, but I can offer that I've certainly seen many older hot water heating systems whose large diameter piping, installed to heat by gravity-convection, was left in place successfully when changing to a new boiler with circulator pump(s). The main effect is that there is a greater volume of water in the large-diameter pipe system, more thermal mass.
Question: boiler won't come on
3 Dec 2014 Anonymous said:
why when i turn heating on it wont come on
Anon try the simple diagnostic steps at HEAT WON'T TURN ON
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