I am in Colorado and came across my first boiler system, along with an electric heat pump in attic. I have a couple questions for both systems. House is 1976, 2 level with a full finished basement and partial attic. The water main has been shut OFF for some time, a couple months atleast, but will be turned ON for my 2nd visit in a couple days.
The boiler is an old wiel mclain boiler system and is electric (unless I’m wrong?) and is along side an electric hot water heater. The boiler breaker, located right above the boiler, is OFF right now as seen in picture. The digital thermostat located on top level of house was OFF at time of inspection. When operated, the electric heat pump came on, but I got interrupted and did not run down to the basement to see if the boiler did anything. I will do that when I visit this week, pending what I hear on this forum.
- Since the thermostat was OFF and boiler breaker is OFF, I’m assuming that the boiler is not functioning? Am I required (or need?) to flip the breaker to ON for the boiler and then operate thermostat? Things like air in system, dry fire, etc make me nervous.
The boiler’s expansion tank, circulating pump and low pressure cutoff are present.
- I understand the electric heat pump system in the attic well enough, but my concern for this is the burn marks around the top line in the picture. Should this be considered defect? I did not see any water or signs of moisture around the lines/pump.
I appreciate any and all response as I’m just getting into this business and still have plenty of learning to do.