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Hi all, I have a customer with open vented system,cold feed from f&e tank is teed into flow just above cylinder coil where in enters attic as expansion/vent which terminates through roof
The tank overflows whenever heating or hot water is on and stops as soon as boiler/pump goes off,so it’s definitely filling tank through feed pipe
A new boiler,3 port valve have recently been fitted but this ongoing problem is still occurring
I thought coil maybe had pinhole but surely this would cause overflow to continually run as water tried to self level against cwst for cylinder
I’m at a loss how it’s happening only when boiler and pump on wether heating or hot water on
Any pointers or advice greatly appreciated
 
If that is genuinely how its piped up then that is dangerous.
Is that a diverter or mid position valve? Not that that makes any difference.
As it is the combined vent and cold feed are only able to function when in HW mode, if there was an overheating problem when in CH mode only then there's nowhere for the water to vent. Also when in HW mode the pump is most likely venting over, im assuming you're seeing it overflow down and off the roof?
If what ive said above is correct this needs to be redone ASAP and there a several ways to go about it, the best way will be to reposition vent and cold fill before the pump on the flow before three port.
 
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If that is genuinely how its piped up then that is dangerous.
Is that a diverter or mid position valve? Not that that makes any difference.
As it is the combined vent and cold feed are only able to function when in HW mode, if there was an overheating problem when in CH mode only then there's nowhere for the water to vent. Also when in HW mode the pump is most likely venting over, im assuming you're seeing it overflow down and off the roof?
If what ive said above is correct this needs to be redone ASAP and there a several ways to go about it, the best way will be to reposition vent and cold fill before the pump on the flow before three port.
No it’s overflowing through the overflow pipe
It’s a mid position valve
Would you recommend changing pump onto flow or would changing cold feed and vent be enough
Thanks
 
First off I would reposition pump to the primary flow 150mm after the tee for vent and cold fill. This will make it safe and should prevent the problem you're experiencing. Also at the moment the majority of the system is under negative pressure so you could be drawing in air and have sludge/corrosion problems
 
No it’s overflowing through the overflow pipe
It’s a mid position valve
Would you recommend changing pump onto flow or would changing cold feed and vent be enough
Thanks
You say that its returning through the cold fill even on CH, if so, and if the 3 port valve is installed&working correctly then from your sketch it would seem that the only way this can happen is that the water flows through the rads and then up the return at the T just before the pump suction, then through the cylinder coil and back into the F&E tank which seems highly improbable.
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My 48 year old system is very like that with combined vent & cold feed except that I have 2 port valves, I run my circ pump with a 3M head.
 
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The above is for a Y plan when he has a W plan, not that it makes any difference. As I said there's several ways to repipe in this situation but the most common way is V,C,P on the flow, that is vent then cold fill within 150mm of each other, creating the neutral point of the system and then the pump shortly after. This will prevent any pumping over, while leaving the vent uncompromised for safety purposes and will also provide a positive pressure throughout the system.
 
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Correct but I feel there is still some other fundamental problem there as that system on HW only should IMO work perfectly OK with no pump back.
 
I agree, something doesn't quite add up. With its current position the head of water in header tank should not pump over, all the system will be doing is circulating under a negative pressure
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Its quite possible the system is sludged up due to the negative pressure the majority of the system is under in operation causing blockages enough to create a path of resistance and vent over
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Edit : Not that, something doesn't add up
 
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The above is for a Y plan when he has a W plan, not that it makes any difference. As I said there's several ways to repipe in this situation but the most common way is V,C,P on the flow, that is vent then cold fill within 150mm of each other, creating the neutral point of the system and then the pump shortly after. This will prevent any pumping over, while leaving the vent uncompromised for safety purposes and will also provide a positive pressure throughout the system.
as you say not much difference
 

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No it’s overflowing through the overflow pipe
It’s a mid position valve
Would you recommend changing pump onto flow or would changing cold feed and vent be enough
Thanks
Possible sludge build up/blockage - I would have had the F&E tee'd into the coil return, rather than the flow?
 
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The vent and cold feed are combined so as that there is no imbalance between them which prevents pump over through the vent or pump back through the cold feed, this seems very strange as water must be pumping back into the F&E tank to create that overflow but what is replacing it as the ballcock will be shut?. It would seem unlikely that there is a blockage as the water seems to be flowing freely back up through the combined F&E.
Maybe Grahamrae has found the solution.
 
The vent and cold feed are combined so as that there is no imbalance between them which prevents pump over through the vent or pump back through the cold feed, this seems very strange as water must be pumping back into the F&E tank to create that overflow but what is replacing it as the ballcock will be shut?. It would seem unlikely that there is a blockage as the water seems to be flowing freely back up through the combined F&E.
Maybe Grahamrae has found the solution.
It shouldn't be going up the vent, but only up the cold feed (due to expansion of the heated water). There could be sludge build up/blockage at the tee on the coil flow, or wherever its tee'd into the Vent?
Wonder what is the pump setting on - should only be on 1/lowest speed?
 
"No it’s overflowing through the overflow pipe" post #13 and not the vent?.
Ah! I misread the Post - maybe too much water in the Header Tank initially, as expansion is only about 4% of total system volume. The standing water level should only be just above the outlet - no more than about 3 - 4".
Ball valve may be faulty etc?
 
Its very mysterious because he also said that the overflow stopped as soon as the circ pump stopped.
Water level could be too high and just below the overflow? Consequently, when pumping level rises and goes out of overflow - when pump stops, the excess water has escaped down the overflow, and the level has dropped just below it.
He needs to tell us how much water is in the Header Tank.
 
You have a point there, but my logic is that with the pump off there is no overflow so the ballcock isn't making up, pump on you get constant overflow but as the level has to be fractionally higher in order to overflow then the ballcock certainly can't/shouldn't be making up so where is the makeup coming from?, but I agree C&F tank levels should be checked cold/hot and go from there.
 
You have a point there, but my logic is that with the pump off there is no overflow so the ballcock isn't making up, pump on you get constant overflow but as the level has to be fractionally higher in order to overflow then the ballcock certainly can't/shouldn't be making up so where is the makeup coming from?, but I agree C&F tank levels should be checked cold/hot and go from there.
The 'make up' is coming from the expanded heated water, which rises up the cold water feed - hence Feed & Expansion.
 
It can't just keep overflowing each time the pump comes on or due to the expanded volume without external make up after the first overflow.
 

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