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old house steam questions
husband and I own a large brick house in upstate NY. The house was built
in 1865 and has 3 floors, approx 7000 sq ft. It is separated into
apartments at this time. Ten years ago we had a new Weil MacLain boiler
installed to heat the whole house, replacing a similar sized unit. Our
plumber (who installed the boiler) has maintained and serviced to boiler
each year and so we were shocked to recently discover that the boiler
is almost completely ruined from leaking and rusting, only 10 years
after installation. We have sent photos of the damage to Weil MacLain
and they do not have any clue as to what may have caused the leak or the
damage except to say that it is not a gasket.
We are now faced with replacing this unit but we have some changes that
we would like to make - and herein lies my questions for the experts;
the current system has never been easy to regulate - if we turn up the
heat to get the top floor a livable temp, the bottom floors are hot hot
hot. Yes, we have tweaked and tweaked the system, tipped the rads, moved
the thermostat - it is just not capable of providing even heat. This is
understandable given the size of he house and the age of he system. We
would like to try to improve this situation by installing a smaller HVAC
in the top floor apartment, using the attic for vents, and use the main
boiler to heat just the 1st and 2nd floors. We are hoping that this
will make all the tenants more comfortable and will perhaps allow us to
run the boiler at a lower, more affordable temp setting. Here are my
1) if we take the rads on the 3rd floor out of commission and install
ceiling vents, can we downsize the boiler to heat only the 2 floors?
2) are minisplits a possible solution to the 3rd floor heating? will
they be able to heat the space (approx 1750 sq ft) in the coldest
3) what conditions could have possibly caused a 10 year old boiler to leak and become useless?
Thank you in advance for any help.