SteveZee wrote:I would like to hear how the new blower worked out and if that solved his problem.
I've got mine installed...put it in Thursday night...which happened to be a night that was VERY windy, and unusually mild! (55 degrees). So those conditions were not the best for setting the variables..
Yesterday the temps were dropping, and I had been waiting till this morning to report any findings until I had some cold temps and a couple of days use under my belt...
Well it didn't get as cold as I wanted this morning..got down to 18...BUT I CAN tell you the fan makes a MAJOR difference in the boiler!.. The flame DOES now reach the diffuser and up past the sides of it all the way up to the tubes, I can now get higher breach draft readings that I have not been able to get all season, and the boiler as a whole is more more sensitive and responsive to adjustments.
What I can tell you, is up to this point this season, to keep the house and hot water up to temp, I have been using the boiler, AND an Alaska stoker stove in the basement, AND a wood pellet stove in the family room...I would normally keep the upsatairs zone at 66-67 in the, day, 63-64 at night, and the first floor set at 67 day, supplemented by the pellet stove, 65 at night.
Oh!,,and during that severere cold spell, when outside temps were 2-4 in the morning and 18 for a high, even with the supplimental hit, I would get up in the morning and my first floor zone would be below set point by 3 or 4 degrees..
Now, of course, to compare apples to apples, we would have to have that same type of weather again (we may not for the rest of the season). So for purposes of testing, I discontinued the use of the indoor stoves, and relied soley on the boiler for floors 1 and 2 and my tankless DHW which is prioritized. (so currently the basement is not being heated..I do have a baseboard zone there off the boiler, but would not expect the boiler to heat that as well..it is a finished walk out...and it brings the total heated sq footage to about 4000 sq ft....the first 2 floors combined are about 2800 sq ft, which I was told the boiler would handle) I also turned up the heat a bit to 69 on the first floor, and 66 on the second floor..and left them there on hold.
So last evening was cold..in the low 20's..and this morning was 18...and the house is at temp, the boiler is cycling on and off..it is not running non-stop to keep up...very encourageing!...I would not expect similar performance from the boiler with the old fan..Of course it remains to be seen how it would do during the previous cold conditions, but there is no denying that there is a big change for the better!...
Of course I can't vouch for what the amount of btu the boiler is putting out, or if it is performing as advertised, but prior to this it seemed to be putting out about 55K btu, and I am sure it is putting out more than that now!
Let me add my kudos for Dave at LL to those who question the companies' commitment to its customers .... Dave promised me a fan on a particular day, and he delivered...and I know he had to jump through hoops to do so..he has also been readily available through this forum and on the phone...certaintly a man of integrity...Its regretable that this problem occurred, and that buyers had to find out the hard way, but its also regretable that the Owners had to find out this way, keep in mind...and when they did realize there was a problem, they took action...I don't think anyone can ask for more than that!
Since I am 1 of the first 2 or 3 to install the new fan, anyone is free to PM me or post a reply here and I will respond and be as helpful as I can!..
Now if that installer from NY had any integrity at all, he could have been in touch with LL about getting a replacement fan and keeping his dis-gruntled customer happy....!