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Water stove leaking - fix?
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jtw    Posted 09-25-2003 at 08:06:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a water stove (heats the house and domestic water) that has a slow leak. Any suggestions on how to fix it other than tearing off the sheet metal skin and the insulation and searching for the leak?

Thanks,

James



deadcarp    Posted 09-25-2003 at 09:22:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
all metal stoves except stainless leak cuz the all corrode. hate to say this but if you have 1 leak, you're right on the verge of having several.
rather than tear it apart, i'd use an epoxy-type radiator patch for the first few - and do some preliminary stove shopping.


Ron/PA    Posted 09-25-2003 at 08:33:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
When you say Water Stove, is it safe to assume that you mean a oil or gas fired boiler?
IF so, you will need to locate and identify the leak to be able to repair it. It could be the water jacket, the coil, fittings, pressure relief valve, a soldered joint.
Yep first ya gotta find it, then ya can go about fixing it.
Later
Ron


jtw    Posted 09-25-2003 at 08:41:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, the stove has both an oil burner and a wood burning firebox.



Ron/PA    Posted 09-25-2003 at 08:46:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ok, if you can't see any obvious place that it's leaking on the outside, then you will need to pull the top off of it. I may be in 2 pieces, so that you can remove the border screws and take it off. Remove the top layer of insulation, and look down from the top and see if you can see any drips or wet spots from there. If not then you will probably need to remove all the side covers and insulation.
Lemme know,
Ron


Jenny    Posted 11-22-2003 at 15:27:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Ron,
You seem to know a lot about water boilers. My house has an oil boiler. There is a leak inside. Apparently it has been occuring for awhile. During the past week, water had to be constantly added. We just discovered the hole, leakage inside when we lifted the cover revealing the inside. How can we fix it? Will we need to buy a new boiler? If so gas or oil?
Sincerely,
Jenny


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