I have a International Thermal Research
boiler / heater
on my trawler
. This is a first rate piece of equipment
however, from time to time it suffers from the dreaded "pilot error".
1. I had a long running leak which I absolutely could not find.
2. I finally found it in a leaking heater
coil in the forward guest room; really buried.
3. Bypassed that heater coil by putting a piece of galvanized pipe in the "in" and "out" heater hoses and just eliminating that heat point.
4. Not sure the pump
was circulating right so dropped the end cap on the pump
to look at the impeller. Mistake. Drained about 7 gallons of antifreeze
5. The pump has a stainless steel
impeller so that was a waste of time.
6. Filled the system.
7. It now goes through its startup cycle properly. The boiler fires and runs fine. The water
gets hot and is circulated around to the coils where the fan(s) blow air across the warm coils and out into the space and heat the room Has worked a treat for many years.
is 50 feet long and 24 feet wide. A Nova Scotia
built new as a yacht. There are three heating
outlets in the upper salon
and dinette and three below in the master bedroom, bath and guest room (guest room heat no more). There is heat in the upper spaces but no heat in the lower master bedroom or bath.
Obviously no hot water
is making its way down to the coils in the master bedroom and bath.
The only thing left that I can think of is an air lock; likely somewhere near the top of the heater hose that turns down to the lower level.
These heater hoses (red 3/4 inch heavy duty heater hose) are really buried.
If I open up the splice where I bypassed the leaking coil I will make an unbelievable mess in a very bad place.
Blind hope leaves: time, circulating the pump hot / cold without the boiler. Waiting until I get offshore
and get some rough weather
to shake things up. As I said. Blind hope.
Right now my plan is to circulate every morning for 15 or 20 minutes with the boiler on and then leave it for the day or overnight. See if any air works its way out and try again.
I am leaving in about 4 weeks for the Bahamas
(live in Easton Maryland) and do not have time to figure out how to redo the system so there is a valve or two to bleed it. I can be warm in the main level. Just use lot of extra covers until I get below Charleston or so.
Thanks in advance to anyone with the patience to read through this tale.
Any and all thoughts and suggestions are welcome.