The Ultimate Hot Water and Steam System Troubleshooting Quiz
If you have an older home, you may appreciate some troubleshooting tips for hot water and steam distribution systems. Understanding the basic operation of these systems may help you to better maintain them. Take this quiz to see if you are steamed up about how to troubleshoot hot water and steam distribution systems.
Where may you find hot water and steam distribution systems?
new commercial properties
Which is a hot water system?
What fuel is used to power hot water heating systems?
gas, coal or wood
gas, oil or electric
wood, gas or oil
Gravity systems heat water _________ degrees Fahrenheit.
A hydronic hot water system uses what mechanism to move the water?
motor-driven circulating pump
What is indicated by hammering noises and a failure to heat?
What is the suggested water level of a system's boiler?
three quarter full
What will too little water in the boiler cause?
What mechanism keeps the boiler around half full?
automatic filling system
manual filling system
How can you check the expansion tank's water level?
After draining the expansion tank, how much water should you refill it with?
one to two gallons
two to three gallons
For proper radiator operation, how should the radiator's inlet valve be set?
one quarter open
What is the purpose of a circulator?
How often should hot water and steam systems be flushed?
every two years
What should you do during a long winter power failure?
drain the system
turn off the boiler
let the water run
If some home radiators are hotter than others, what may be the problem?
vents need adjustment
boiler needs service
If the circulator pump leaks water, what may be the problem?
stem packing deterioration
When the boiler is shut off, what happens to the water in the radiators?
The water will flow back to the boiler.
The water in radiators stay at a steady level.
Neither answer is correct.
In older systems, where may the expansion tank be housed?
close to the boiler
For hot water and steam systems, what direction will the pipes slope?