Published at Monday, March 25th, 2019 - 13:36:21 PM. wiring. By Georgitte Lecomte.
Last week we discussed the basics of gas boiler wiring and wiring in general. Now let’s add safety and limit controls for each type of system. I’m going to start with a steam boiler, since it is the least complex and the easiest to understand. A steam boiler uses a pressure control that opens on pressure rise and a low water cutoff (LWCO) that opens when the water drops below a predetermined level. First let’s talk about LWCOs a little. There are two types of LWCOs, float types and probe types. The float type is installed in a water column (on residential boilers, usually the gauge glass); a float opens and closes a switch as the water level changes. The probe type installs into the boiler water and uses the water in the boiler to close the circuit.
Bob is a service technician who is well trained and nationally certified. However, he sometimes suffers from the same confusion that all technicians occasionally do – the facts that he gathers may or may not point to the obvious cause of the problem or the best solution. But Bob has something that no one else has. He recalls his long-time HVACR mentor and imagines him accompanying him as “Btu Buddy,” someone who reminds him to take time to stop and think before rushing to judgment, helping keep him on the right track, even with facts that are confusing. The weather was really cold and a call came in from a new customer that the system in a small office building was not heating properly. It was a new customer.
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