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I have a peerless cast iron boiler. I cant get my house temperature

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I have a peerless cast iron boiler. I can't get my house temperature past 60. Sometimes I can't even reach 60, what gives?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Rick replied 3 years ago.

Rickheatdoc :

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Rickheatdoc :

Is the system steam or hot water? if it's hot water do you have more than one thermostat? if you do, do you have zone valves or circulators for zone control?

Customer :

Hot water with 3 thermostats. Zone valves, I think so.

Rickheatdoc :

The entire house is has this problem? is the burner coming on periodically?

Customer :

The burner comes on periodically. The problem is mainly downstairs (1 thermostat).

Rickheatdoc :

Then you could have a faulty zone valve or possibly air in the zone piping

Customer :

OK, what if I can't get the upstairs temp. up past a certain temp? Same problem?

Rickheatdoc :

yes

Rickheatdoc :

if all the zones are a problem then you may have a faulty circulator or possibly inadequate system pressure

Customer :

ok, these problems would still give me some heat but not what I need?

Rickheatdoc :

possibly

Customer :

ok thanks last question, When I touch the pipes on the base board they are warm. Should they be HOT to the touch?

Rickheatdoc :

It may take a while for them to get hot but if they are only warm all the time then you may have a zone valve that is not opening completely. This would only apply if the other zone(s) are heating adequately (pipes hot). If the pipes are not hot throughout the system then you boiler temp control (aquastat) may be faulty

Customer :

Uh oh, thank you for your help.

Rickheatdoc :

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