I have a 50 year old, 1100 sq foot ranch house, with about 70 feet of
baseboard hot water radiators. Our boiler has failed and needs to be
replaced. Glad that I can deal with this in the summer and not have
an emergency situation in winter. I live in SE Wisconsin.
I have several quotes, and they all focus around two brands of
boilers: Weil-McLain and Buderus.
I am getting the impression that the Buderus is better made than the W-
M, though maybe I'm being led to that impression (i.e. maybe the
Buderus dealers are better sales people than the Weil-McLain dealers).
My best quote for a Buderus is about $1000(US) higher than the best
quote for a W-M, for a comparable (cast iron with similar AFUE)
Is it worth it to spend the extra money for the Buderus, or is the W-M
a better value for the money?
Also, we currently have an expansion tank with no bladder. I have been
told that tanks with bladders tend to have bladder failure after ten
or twelve years and then need to be replaced, whereas tanks with no
bladders last for decades. Am I likely going to be OK staying with
the tank that I have, which probably was installed when the house was
Thanks for your interest and I look forward to learning more about
these two brands of boilers.