Hello, I have a gas steam boiler
that is appx 14 years old. There are a couple of issues I noticed since buying my home with this boiler:
- I have to add a little water every few days (depending on weather, when it is in 30s F, I need to add about 5 days, if it dips into below 10F then it is more like 3 days). I have lived here for two winters and this has not gotten better or worse. To refill, I turn on the water for about 7 seconds to get it from near bottom of sightglass to middle.
- On reading about cracked boilers, I checked for white smoke and yes there is white steam coming out of my chimney that dissepates within 5-10 feet of the chimney. I noticed that I dont see this when temp is above 45F, but today at 38F I saw lots of steam, it seems like more than neighbors.
- The chimney is brick and runs from bottom of house for two floors, exposed on three sides, painted with white paint and much of the top of the chimney has been peeling paint and chunks falling during winter time. I had the chimney cemented all around for this winter with a wire mesh.
My question -- do I potentially have a crack in my boiler above the water line? How can I safely test for this myself? Is the amount of water loss I describe typical? Can the peeling paint and bricks near top of my chimney be related to the boiler issues described?