I just got an email from my wife. The repair guy from our oil company came
out to do our annual tune-up on the furnace and water heater this morning.
She forwarded his ovservation that "we need a new top and new baffles, and
he will order it and someone will presumably get in touch with you for an e
As I recall, the baffles spread out the heat from the burner evenly over th
e boiler tubes. Not so sure what the "top" is. Hopefully not the tubes. Any
thought on this so that I can be better prepared when they call?
Let me start with a nit pick. Does this heat air or water? Furnaces
heat air, boilers heat water. Using proper terminology helps us to help
If the furnace/boiler is in need of expensive parts and it more than 15
year old, it may be best (and actually cheaper) to replace it. A couple
of eyars aago I replace my old oill fired boiler with a new System 2000
unit and the savings in oil are more than the cost over time.
There may stillb e rebates and tax cridits available. I was able to get
a state funded loan at 0% interest and the savings are greater than the
$69 loan payment. What's not to like? Oil use went down 39%. I was
hoping for 30% so it is a bonus.
On Wednesday, August 14, 2013 2:06:57 PM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
ame out to do our annual tune-up on the furnace and water heater this morni
ng. She forwarded his ovservation that "we need a new top and new baffles,
and he will order it and someone will presumably get in touch with you for
r the boiler tubes. Not so sure what the "top" is. Hopefully not the tubes.
Any thought on this so that I can be better prepared when they call?
It's a boiler. After 50 years of furnaces, I tend to refer to any big appli
ance that heats a whole house as a "furnace." I'll have to check my records
but I thought that we got a new one 8-10 years ago.
You can call it anything you want, even 'Fred', but if you want the
correct answers to questions, use the correct terminology.
Furnaces heat air.
Boilers heat water.
I had my 26 year old boiler replaced last year for a more efficient
boiler. I got a Biasi B10 boiler with a Riello 40 burner,
I went through the whole winter last year using only 300 gallons of oil.
I usually used more than 550 gallons of oil over the winter, requiring a
refill. I'm in the NE US.
I would also recommend replacing whatever it is with a good triple pass
unit. The Biasi is an excellent choice as is a Buderus. I too saved
quite alot of oil in the last two years since my replacement, but I have
to admit, the last two years in the NE were pretty mild. We'll see how
the oil flows if we get a real freeze.
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