I'm in the process of getting quotes for a new boiler to replace a 25
year old Burnham. The new boiler will have an indirect hot water tank
(presently a heating coil in the boiler). I've gotten several quotes
and it looks like there's a ~$1500-$2000 premium to be paid for the
Energy Kinetics System 2000 or the Buderus unit.
The Bedurus so far as I can tell is just an extremely well built
conventional boiler with a great control unit.
I am leaning towards the System 2000.
- well engineered
- great control unit that's much less expensive than the $700 Buderus
- sealed combustion
- outside air for combustion
- US built (all things being equal, I always buy made in USA)
So far, the independent heating/plumbing contractors love this boiler
while the oil companies (who also quoted on this job) hate them... The
oil companies claim that the system 2000 is
- needs to be cleaned/maintained more often (given the construction, I
can't believe this)
- bad repair history
- parts hard to obtain
- steel boilers are unreliable
Now the plumbers tell me confidently that I will see a 30% or more
savings on oil usage. If true, I can't blame the oil guys for talking
me out of the System 2000. But it is a unique boiler and I do have
concerns about the reliability. Particularly with the steel boiler.
So does anyone have a System 2000 in their house? Happy with it? Is
the $2000 premium worth it? Thanks!