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Thaddeus Kosciuszko

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On 5/23/2021 at 2:10 AM, Thaddeus Kosciuszko said:

It was the pipe for the hot water heating system

Now, to find a competent HVAC company...

Why, pray tell, does hot water need heating?;)

Why not a plumber, or is that harder than finding a good HVAC company?


You're a good son.

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18 minutes ago, Kzoo said:

I'm guessing....... "It was the pipe for the hot water heating system."

Yeah, I passed redding kompreheshun. I was SWAGGing that a half-assed plumber has a better chance of water pipe repair than a half-assed HVAC tech.

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I thought the fittings were crimped or swaged together, but it turns out they are some of the earlier 'Sharkbite' fittings.

I spoke with an engineer in our office who used to work on heating systems.  He correctly identified the fittings, and said the piping was probably PEX, and not rated for heating system temperatures causing the failure.  He's probably right, as I don't think the contractor who did the work was a plumber or HVAC tech by trade.

On the plus side, Pex now makes piping rated for higher temperatures, and the tubing and fittings are readily available.  So, I can probably save my parents a chunk of money and replace the piping myself.  The only concern I have is getting all the air bled out of the zone so it heats properly.  I'm not a big fan of Sharkbite fittings in the first place, but I figure if it lasts as long as these did then that will be plenty long enough.

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