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MattyNH

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Leak
« on: December 14, 2017, 06:50:45 PM »

 Well my Aqua-Therm has sprung a leak somewhere around the door ring on the inside of the boiler I'm assuming..(I could be wrong) :(..I called the guy who sold me the boiler 10 yrs ago.. I explained to him about everything on the situation..He said he'll call me in a couple of days and will stop by..I really hope this is a quick weld fixing and thats it.. If can't be fixed, might be looking for a new one ugh..(its a money thing lol) Ill keep you guys informed
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Re: Leak
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2017, 07:33:07 PM »

You think? Can't you let the fire go out and clean it up and see where it's wet? Under the 12psi  a therm runs at, a leak should be pretty easy to spot
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Re: Leak
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2017, 03:00:36 AM »

Good luck, MattyNH, I hope it's an easy fix.  Roger
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Re: Leak
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2017, 03:59:56 AM »

Every bodies favorite welder, JB Weld,   Might get you buy if you can find it.
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Re: Leak
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2017, 04:09:37 AM »

good luck, keep us posted. like coolige said, JB weld is a good quick temporary fix. If you can get by for a few days without it, I would let it burn out, clean it out, take a wire brush to the area with the leak and get the area prepped.
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Re: Leak
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2017, 10:10:06 AM »

Yes, please post back. Is your aqua therm running under pressure? I know some guys do and some don't. Either way letting it burn down and using a wire brush a bit would tell a lot.
Hope it's some condensation!
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Re: Leak
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2017, 08:20:50 PM »

Yes, please post back. Is your aqua therm running under pressure? I know some guys do and some don't. Either way letting it burn down and using a wire brush a bit would tell a lot.
Hope it's some condensation!
Yes it is
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Re: Leak
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2017, 05:53:56 PM »

Dec 25, my boiler had been shutdown for a day due to travel (to Campton NH!) I came back to a pinhole leak on the inside of the firebox, at the door ring, on the weld positioned about 7 o’clock.  I had a small fountain. My S-275 is about 17 years old. Drained it wire brushed it and I have used the JB weld on it. I am waiting to replace the pressure relief valve before I send water back out there. Have the valve but need the help of a plumber to remove the old one. Also waiting until it warms up a little, we are in frigid conditions where the daily highs have been single numbers. I’m afraid the water will freeze when it hits the exposed pipes and boiler.

I am very interested in what success you’ve had in fixing your leak.

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Re: Leak
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2018, 08:06:16 AM »

Bill
Regarding freezeup when refilling, my dealer taught me a trick.  I can backfill my system from the drain tap on my hot water heater; since it's heated either with a sidearm from the OWF, or by electricity, I have the option of turning on the electricity, heating a tank of hot water, then filling my OWF with it.

Just a thought, if you have an alternate way to heat your water.
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Re: Leak
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2018, 02:19:49 PM »

Dec 25, my boiler had been shutdown for a day due to travel (to Campton NH!) I came back to a pinhole leak on the inside of the firebox, at the door ring, on the weld positioned about 7 o’clock.  I had a small fountain. My S-275 is about 17 years old. Drained it wire brushed it and I have used the JB weld on it. I am waiting to replace the pressure relief valve before I send water back out there. Have the valve but need the help of a plumber to remove the old one. Also waiting until it warms up a little, we are in frigid conditions where the daily highs have been single numbers. I’m afraid the water will freeze when it hits the exposed pipes and boiler.

I am very interested in what success you’ve had in fixing your leak.
Interesting.. I haven't fixed the leak yet due to the extreme cold, now the blizzard and more extreme cold coming this wknd..My leak is at the door ring....Somewhere up top..I did call the rep that sold me the boiler and the manufacture ..Aqua-Therm told me that a #6011 rod (stick welding) will fix anything on that boiler..The sales rep did call me back (surprisingly) Says he thinks he found a welder..So hopefully once its seasonal temps lol..He'll set it up to get fixed..I'll keep you posted..Where do you buy all of your parts?? I hope not all from Aqua-Therm..Ive been able to buy all my  exact parts on Amazon, eBay, and a outdoor boiler parts page.. Huge Savings!! Only thing I still buy from Aqua-Therm are the gaskets
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Re: Leak
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2018, 02:23:43 PM »

6011? Really?

Wouldn’t be my first choice, however I have access to a pretty heavy wire welder with generator.

If I had to stick it think I’d try 7018.
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Re: Leak
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2018, 03:03:29 PM »

well 7018 for sure if you can get the area nice and clean otherwise piggy-11 will get it done. you could mig weld it as well but I stick weld anything I can. Just works for me.
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Re: Leak
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2018, 04:03:29 PM »

6011? Really?

Wouldn’t be my first choice, however I have access to a pretty heavy wire welder with generator.

If I had to stick it think I’d try 7018.
yup that’s what the manufacturer told me.. Least they told me lol..
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Re: Leak
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2018, 06:01:28 PM »

 The only reason I could think they would say 6011 would be because it may be a little more forgiving if the area wasn't prepped good   myself I have to agree with everyone else I would take the time clean it good and use 7018
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Re: Leak
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2018, 06:22:15 PM »

If you can’t get it clean enough for 7018 then I don’t see it being a very successful venture using 6011, the porosity will be horrible.
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