Residential and Light Commercial Low Pressure Steam Boilers
The residential steam boiler is still alive and well despite the fact that some HVAC professionals refer to it and the steam boiler profession as the dead mans club. However, there are not a lot of HVAC boiler technicians or HVAC companies that specialize in steam boilers because there are not a lot of the steam boilers used for residential and light commercial applications. People have either converted their old boiler steam systems over to hot water or have gone with forced air systems. The concept is simple but the mechanics of it can be frustratingly complex when a problem occurs unless you have the experience and knowledge that comes with working on the residential or light commercial steam boilers. Before we dive into some of the problems that arise with steam boilers, we’ll cover safety first. After all, HVAC safety is the most important aspect to any home heating system.
Troubleshooting boiler problems will depend on what the problem is with boiler. The scope of this article will cover the basic boiler problems that can occur with a boiler and troubleshooting the basic problems with the boiler. Many of these problems will require the attention of a professional boiler technician many of which are available at either your local plumbing contractor or HVAC contractor. Boiler systems from one boiler to another are usually unique and various boilers systems can be very complex all the way from the boiler itself all the way through the near boiler piping and the boiler water loop. We will break down the boiler problems and boiler troubleshooting into sections from the boiler itself all the way to the loop and into groups from hot water boilers to steam boilers. This article for troubleshooting boiler problems is not comprehensive but covers the basics. Other articles here in the boiler category of High Performance HVAC covers other problems that can occur with boilers so check our other articles for boiler troubleshooting and information.