I have recently purchased a home with a 20+ year old Weil-McLean oil
burning hot-water baseboards heating system.
This probably sounds crazy, and based on the fact I could find
virtually no DIY install guides, is installing a furnace a simple
process that a guy can do on his own?
If your replacing an old furnace with a similar new furnace (hot-water
heat oil burning), is it as simple as installing a new hot water
heater? Detach everything from the old and attach it to the new?
Follow verbatim included instructions?
My hvac/plumbing knowledge extent is sweating pipe. Other than that
I'm good at reading :)
The only reason I ask, is it seems from what I've heard, most jobs are
billed approximately double the cost of the furnace. ($4k furnace $8k after install) in southern, NY.
A couple k's are worth taking pretty considerable risk and suffering
frustration (short of burning down my house).
After seeing the cost of furnaces from a HVAC supplier when purchasing
slant/fin baseboards (which I did replace myself, easy enough,
although again, all existing materials were simply replaced, nothing
new was added), it seemed substantially cheaper than what most people
All opinions are appreciated, even if it's just to call me a
cheapskate moron who has no right in a HVAC forum :)