city supply line into hydronic system

Discussion in 'Boiler Forum' started by rrekih, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. rrekih

    rrekih New Member

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    When after filling the hydronic heating system do you need to have the city supply turned on into the system?
    Does the system use water and need refilling?
    If you have a leak wouldn't it be better to let the system run down and shut down the system?
  2. Doherty Plumbing

    Doherty Plumbing Journeyman & Gas Fitter

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    Yes you need to always have pressure in the system (12-17# cold). You need to install a boiler feed to maintain a constant pressure.

    You don't want to let the water pressure drop to 0 because you're always going to have SOME evaporation in the system.
  3. msgale

    msgale New Member

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    there a 2 schools of thought on this:
    if you automatically refill your system, the homeowner may have a leak and it could remain undetected, with replacement water( with its own oxygen supply,which is bad) taking care of keeping sysyem filled.

    if no auto refill,then a leak means your system pressure drops, and eventually the homeowner is aware there is a defect
  4. msgale

    msgale New Member

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    normally a normal system loses a tiny amount of water, which you refill maybe once a month or so. if there is a leak, i think you are better off knowing about it.

    otherwise a hidden leak could go on forever, with automatic refill ,and rot your joists etc,
  5. Doherty Plumbing

    Doherty Plumbing Journeyman & Gas Fitter

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    You could argue it either way really. But you were worried about it I'd suggest the person install an automatic fluid feeder.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2009
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