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Yesterday's house had a 2005 steam boiler installed.

There was a separate, older floor mounted pump that the owner stated was installed to help the return condensate/water get back to the boiler.

This is a first for me- anything I should know about this or tell my client. The client was a little concerned about the warning labels.

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Condensate return pumps are quite common in larger steam heated buildings. There is a vent on the unit that should be clear and automatic boiler fill valves are not recommended. It's possible that the boiler will overfill.

I'll bet the warnings are only to prohibit using the pump for moving flammable/explosive liquids.

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I've seen plenty of condensate return pumps and have never seen an explosive sitcker on them. Condensate is only water with the possibility of boiler treatment.

Maybe that it shouldn't be placed in an area that has explosive fumes? Open motor and all that.

You've been getting some odd ones lately Darren.

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You've been getting some odd ones lately Darren.

Yeah, but at least they are making me think...

Thank you gentlemen, I just got off the phone with ITT and they confirmed Bill's statement about an auto feed.

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