Welcome! Here are the website rules, as well as some tips for using this forum.
Need to contact us? Visit https://heatinghelp.com/contact-us/.
Click here to Find a Contractor in your area.

new boiler versus burner head

Erin_3 Member Posts: 13
My pilot has been going out every few days for the last 6 weeks. I asked you all about it, had the gas company out to measure gas pressure, and have the heating company coming tomorrow. I also have a "comfort specialist" from our company coming today to talk new boilers with me. Our current boiler is about 50 years old. We don't want to pony up for a new one, but we need to think about efficiency and repairs vs. new.

Someone suggested to me that our boiler might be just fine, and we can replace the burner for one with better efficiency for a lot less than a new boiler. Is this a real thing that is possible? Worth looking into?

thanks, Erin


  • Kim I
    Kim I Member Posts: 9

    50 years old? Everything mechanical wears out, no matter how well it is cared for. New technologies are coming out every day... My boiler is 9 years old, I think of it as "brand new", but my boiler installer reminds me that the technological advances in the last nine years alone almost make it an antique... Think of the fuel savings alone. 50 years ago, they didn't make things energy efficient at all....
  • Steamhead (in transit)
    Steamhead (in transit) Member Posts: 6,688
    If that's an atmospheric gas boiler

    there is no "burner upgrade". Have a combustion efficiency test done to get an idea of how it's doing. I'm sure it's well below the efficiency level of a new boiler.

    If it's an old coal boiler converted to gas, I'd simply replace it, especially if it's a round boiler.

    If you're not sure what it is, take a pic and post it here.

    To Learn More About This Professional, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Professional"
This discussion has been closed.