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  •  If the safety system is working right (3+ / 0-)
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    rincewind, Spud1, leo joad

    you can sleep at night. It's not surprising or dangerous for there to be some overrun if the fire shuts down at the maximum safe temperature.

    I wonder, though, if the system is working at the maximum efficiency. How old is this system? Is the pump circulating enough water to transfer the needed amount of heat from the furnace to the living space? Are any parts of the house too cold? Does the pump continue to run after the burner shuts off? It should, at least for a few minutes, to make good use of that heat. Better to overheat the living room than the boiler.

    I know more about steam heating than hot water, but I know enough about both to know you can't be too careful or too stingy. LOL!

    •  I'm stingy and economically challenged at (2+ / 0-)
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      rincewind, Leo in NJ
      this moment in history,, lol,, sob.. wah..wah.. so I can't do
      alot right now to make the older heating system more
      efficient. The boiler isn't ancient but it isn't one of the
      newer efficient ones. The controls are something I may be
      able to improve next summer while the system is down.
        There is plenty heat to go around (two story commercial
      building) I am keeping the thermostats down and just
      setting them up at key points in the day to keep the $500
      plus heating bills at bay. We do enjoy a solar gain on sunny
      days with windows on sothern exposure. Hoping this
      northern Minnesota winter is mild so that someday I can
      afford some niceities like a trip to yKos. Take care, I plan
      on checking in here next Sat am. Thanks to claude, too.

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