We have a small hotel althought there are 30 radiators in our chs.
For the past month, radiators in 2 of the rooms (furthest from the boiler) are tepid at best. We thought sludge was the problem and asked local advice which confirmed the same. We had the system flushed but the problem remains the same. If we close all radiators except the 2 rooms in question, then the radiators heat up fine. We now believe there may be a problem with the pump. This is very frustrating as 3 independant heating engineers have all assured us it's just a "flushing out" problem. ANy comments would be most welcome.
There is a good chance that the pump is on its way out. With 30 radiators I suspect a specialist pump is fitted which will cost a fortune to replace.
You may find that a standard pump something like the Grundfos Series 100 pump will be adequate for the job but it will be borderline.
A daft question but do you have non adjustable (without tools) lockshield valves on all radiators? If not could one of your guests have been making adjustments which creates a short circuit through one of the radiators?
Our hot water supply is a seperate boiler/system completely.
The existing chs system has a Grundfos UPS 25-80 pump which has worked well for >15 years. I spoke with Grundfos and they think (given all the facts as stated above) that the pump is on it's way out, e.g. impellers not functioning correctly, etc. Can I replace the pump easily enough? There's isolating valves either side of the pump but do I need to do anything other than disconnecting the old one and replacing with the new one? Or should I get someone in? Thanks for your advice so far.
Well, that's the ne pump fitted and guess what? Same problem. Extreme radiators still starved of heat. A new problem has also occurred in that the highest radiators (2 out of 4) have insfficient pressure. I can take off the actual bleed valve fitting without water pumping out of the radiator.
Any ideas anyone?
We don't know how well informed you are:
What setting is the pump on?
Now that you have bled the system with the pump running you may have introduced air into the system. Try bleeding again with the system off.
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