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Steam Boiler needs replacement
We have a 3 story 100+ yr old Victorian home that was converted to a 5-plex many years ago. Steam boiler recently broke. Plumber says the unit will need to be replaced, Boiler is probably over 50 yrs old, and was used to heat about 3600 sqft . Boiler is located in basement, and runs on natural gas.
We have gotten several bids to replace the unit ranging from 18K to 34K.
We have also asked to a plumber to give us a bid on changing over from a steam system to hot water. We currently have a 1 pipe system, so he would need to pipe a return line to all the existing radiators. His bib also came in around 18K.
I don't know how bib can be same when all the piping needs to also be installed. Is water heater that much cheaper?
Has any one had any experience with this kind of conversion?
This home is located in Colorado Springs - Does any one know of a contractor in the area familiar with this kind of work?
We currently pay all the utilities for this rental, and have always wanted to some how meter the usage for each tenant, and would think that a water system this would be easier.
Any comments or thoughts would be greatly appreciated