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How long should a boiler last?
I've been in my house since 1992 (it was built in 1928). In 1993 I had to replace the boiler which was about 16-18 years old, based on what the previous owner said. It was rotted out and leaking. The plumber who installed that boiler told me that the water in the area (Bergen County, NJ) tended to shorten the life of boilers. He installed my new boiler using copper piping, BTW, rather than black pipe.
Last year, I had to have that boiler replaced -- it having rotted out, so it lasted about 17 years. A different plumber installed this boiler (and used black pipe) and told me that this 17 years was not an unusual life expectancy.
My neighbor, I might add, just had to to have his boiler replaced after about 16-17 years, so or.
But when I started reading this site I see that people talk about their boilers lasting MUCH longer, so what gives? I just read a post about a 75 year old boiler!!!!! How long should my boiler last?
Both my boilers are/were water manual fill, not automatic, if it matters