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I have a hot water boiler with baseboard heat how do I know

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I have a hot water boiler with baseboard heat how do I know if there is enough water in the boiler
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

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You need to look at the pressure gauge (usually) on the boiler. You should have at least 10 to 12 psi when the system is cold.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
my pressure guage is pegged out must be it don't work boiler temp is 160
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

It's not unusual for the gauge on the boiler to fail. You need to get a test gauge like this one

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Watts-3-4-in-Plastic-Water-Pressure-Test-Gauge-DP-IWTG/100175467

But one with a lower scale would be easier to read for this application. Screw it onto any hose drain/faucet on the system and open the drain to check the actual pressure. Anything over 30 psi and the relief valve should discharge. Normal operating pressure range (from a cold to a hot boiler) is 10 to 25 psi.

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