I am looking at buying a house with a oil burning steam boiler. We like the
house but have concerns about the age of the boiler. It looks original to
the house (1957) and wonder what would be the alternative to this type of
heat? If replacing the boiler with a natural gas more efficient model would
be as effective as everything else or finding a way to make this boiler a
water boiler. I am a plumber and am glad to find this group and would be
happy for some input as I don't have much dealings with boilers. Their kinda
hit and miss here in NC and I had been fortunate not to hit until now.
replying to Rich, Iggy wrote:
I can imagine your disappointment. No worries, the piping and radiators are good
for a century. The boiler may be perfectly fine for decades as well. Parts are
readily available and all new modern parts can go onto any boiler. As long as
the boiler isn't leaking and has no hole below the flue pipe inside, it's still
If it dies, it's about $5000 to replace and you're all set for, at least,
30-years. The old one's in the 80% efficiency range or right along with most of
today's standard boilers. But, high efficiency replacement models will pay you
back before they die in a few decades.
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