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Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?
I currently have a 1 pipe steam system with an oil fired Weil-McClain boiler. I've been told it could be 15-20 years old, it's a blue one not gold. Size AB-366E HE series 3.
I've owned the house for 7 years and the boiler has been regularly serviced (since I've owned) and I'm told it still runs at about 83% efficient.
The problem is my 50+yr old oil tank is starting to develop a small leak and it's time to replace it or convert to gas. The new oil tank would cost me about $2200 but I would get $1000 back from tank insurance, so $1200 OOP.
I've had one contractor (recommended by gas compay) come and say the boiler could be converted using a Carlin Conversion Burner & I'm waiting for a quote from him.
There is already an active gas line in the house that runs by the boiler to the dryer, but he told me he had to check if the size was big enough for both or if they would need to run a new line. Also I asked about the chimney and he recommended getting it inspected for a gas burner.
One important thing to note is I don't plan on being in this house for more than 2-3 more years if that long so I already think that eliminates the option of replacing the whole boiler with a new gas boiler (especially since there are no rebates for steam boilers). So I'm trying to make a smart decision based on me trying to sell the house in the next couple years.
Anybody have advice on Carlin conversion burners put on Weil-McClain steam boilers? Will this be more trouble/money than it's worth and I should just buy a new oil tank?
Western Mass Steam Homeowner
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