Troubleshooting in bathrobe

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Nofossil

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So I'm sitting here with a cup of coffee looking at the snow outside and poking around the Internet when the phone rings. It's the property manager at a site with one of our systems. He says that he looked at the graphs and saw that the Froling pellet boiler was running a lot - more than he thinks it should.

I pulled up the graph and looked to see what might be causing that. As it turns out, the main house was almost continuously calling for heat - 'High Demand' - which is baseboards. Compare to the cottage (another building on the same site) in the chart below.

The demand is cycling, so it's not a stuck or shorted thermostat or zone valve. He's going to drive over and see what's wrong. I'm guessing an open door or window, since it's consuming an ungodly amount of heat - looks like around 70,000 BTU/hr. It will be interesting to see what he finds. Without his monitoring, this would have continued until next week at the earliest. As it is, I'm still in my bathrobe and my coffee is still warm. Doesn't get much better for a lazy guy like me.

Happy new year to all.


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Fred61

Minister of Fire
Nov 26, 2008
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Please don't post any photos!!!
 

maple1

Minister of Fire
Sep 15, 2011
10,485
Nova Scotia
Curious how this turns out.

Getting into rentals has crossed my mind in the past, but then I think about what some of the other tenants were like in buildings I was renting in when younger & soon forget about it...
 

jebatty

Minister of Fire
Jan 1, 2008
5,747
Northern MN
The thought has occurred to me that if I had an apt building with hot water heat, I would put a flow meter and temp sensor on the supply to each unit, log the data, and charge the tenant for heat based on btus used.
 

TCaldwell

Minister of Fire
The thought has occurred to me that if I had an apt building with hot water heat, I would put a flow meter and temp sensor on the supply to each unit, log the data, and charge the tenant for heat based on btus used.
Might be a good for my daughter with the bathtub!
 

Nofossil

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The thought has occurred to me that if I had an apt building with hot water heat, I would put a flow meter and temp sensor on the supply to each unit, log the data, and charge the tenant for heat based on btus used.
We've had several customers ask for that. Our newer models have a pulse count input for flowmeters, but I haven't found any that aren't breathtakingly expensive. Any suggestions?
 
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