Wondering if I have a circulator pump problem

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by tommyo, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. tommyo

    tommyo New Member

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    How can you tell if a circulator pump is bad, on a gas forced hot water heating system?
  2. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    Hold onto the pipe directly above it with the thermostat calling and the boiler at temperature. If you say ouch the circulator is working.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    pump

    If the pipe is cool when the circulator is off and hot when it is running, then the pump is probably working, but even that is not a good indication tnat it is working PROPERLY.
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Most circulator pumps have very little head pressure and won't be able to push water if there's an air pocket somewhere higher up. You'd need to ensure you got all of the air out first.
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