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  1. #1
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    Mar 2007
    Philadelphia PA

    Default 240V hydronic heating pump?

    This afternoon I inspected a run-of-the-mill 80-90 year old row house, with hot water heat.
    I couldn't get the boiler to kick on, until I traced the wiring to a double pole 240V breaker (FPE Stab-Lok, but that's another story), which was off. Against my better judgement (it was really hot and my brain wasn't firing on all 3 cylinders) I turned on the breaker and the boiler fired up and the pump started running, sounding fine.

    I tried to read the plate on the pump motor, but no luck.

    Has anyone ever seen a residential boiler pump wired to 240V??

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  2. #2
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    Jul 2009
    Lanham, MD

    Default Re: 240V hydronic heating pump?

    Very unlikely the pump is 240v on a residential system. One possibility is that the boiler circuit is only using one leg of the double-pole breaker. You never know what a homeowner has done over the years. If the system is a very old gravity system, the circulator may have been added years later and placed on a separate circuit and the 2p breaker was used to control both circuits. A lot of strange stuff out there <BG>
    I guess you could check the voltage at the pump to confirm.

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