Replacement of blast tube and end cone on oil burner

"Replacement of blast tube & end cone on Beckett oil burner. Labor & parts would run 427.66." That's the quote I have. Am not disputing the price. What the tech said after he did the annual maintenance was that the end cone on this 10+ year old burner was starting to go and should be replaced. He then said that it has been his experience that when the end cone is going bad that the blast tube will probably need to be replaced shortly, so we might as well do both at once.. So, does this sound reasonable to heating types, or is he working on commission? TIA
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Check at Sid Harvey for price to retail customers.
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For that kind of money,....I would definitely get another opinion, or consider buying a whole new burner. Burners are a lot different than they were 10+ years ago
Most oil suppliers offer deals to customers for newer "efficient" burners. to keep them from switching to gas. Check and see. They may put in a new burner or even a whole new furnace, with a warranty, and give you payment terms like $5.00 per month
Throw that $427 in the bank and you get an awful lot of $5.00's out of it Plus you don't have to worry about another part breaking next month
Not factoring in that a more efficient burner will save oil as well.
And the gas company may make a good offer to get your business too. ;)
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I'm gonna chime in here.
Setting up the burner isn't that hard. Purchasing the combustion analyzer to make sure you've done it right (and insure you've got the highest possible efficiency) is what costs.
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Repairman has come and gone. Total bill $244. $85 for 9" blast tube and cone assy. Also installed new "drawer assy" and nozzle. Remainder was labor. Why difference??? Beats me, though bill doesn't seem to charge for drawer assy and nozzle. Original estimate done by Service manager. Work done by tech who has been working on boiler for years
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