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Mitch_4
Mitch_4 Member Posts: 955
because of the statement "my house wouldn't benefit from a high efficiency boiler because the pipes were old and I would need more BTUs than high efficiency boilers have."

High efficiecncy boiler are available in all sizes..and deliver more per $ spent.

That sounds like a guy that feels out of his comfort zone when it comes to high efficiecny.

Mitch

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  • nina
    nina Member Posts: 3
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    new boiler

    I've had several contractors come to give me an estimate on a new boiler. I live in the northeast in a two story house and my boiler is very old (probably about 45 years old) and the heat is pushed up the pipes by gravity only. My current boiler is oil but I have a gas line in the house. Some of the contractors ask me how many square feet the house is (1330) while others count the rungs (105, 55 downstairs) on the radiators. The last contractor told me that my house wouldn't benefit from a high efficiency boiler because the pipes were old and I would need more BTUs than high efficiency boilers have. Is this true?

    I want to make an educated decision about which contractor to use and what boiler to install. Please advise.

  • Mark_7
    Mark_7 Member Posts: 123
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    Nina, first thing is to have a heat lose done on your house by an experienced cotractor. Not a contractor that goes by sf of house. Than we also do the heat rating of the radiators to see how much of a benefit a cond.boiler will be. Having cast iron radiation is a good canidate for a mod/cond boiler.
  • Bruce Stevens
    Bruce Stevens Member Posts: 133
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    Go to the

    top of this page click the find a professional and enter your zip code if you find nothing come back and tell us what city you live in
  • Jim Pompetti
    Jim Pompetti Member Posts: 552
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    Where

    in the northeast do you live ?
  • Ken_40
    Ken_40 Member Posts: 1,320
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    I agree completely with markl

    > Nina, first thing is to have a heat lose done on

    > your house by an experienced cotractor. Not a

    > contractor that goes by sf of house. Than we also

    > do the heat rating of the radiators to see how

    > much of a benefit a cond.boiler will be. Having

    > cast iron radiation is a good canidate for a

    > mod/cond boiler.



    First thing needed is a contractor who knows this:

    1. He needs to do a heat load calulation to determine the BTU boiler output needed, to keep your home cozy on the coldest day of the winter.

    2. Find the brand boiler that is either oil or gas fired, that will reduce your fuel costs the most. Then, give you some choices regarding installed prices vs. fuel savings over time, and...

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  • Ken_40
    Ken_40 Member Posts: 1,320
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    I agree completely with markl

    First thing needed is a contractor who knows this:

    1. He needs to do a heat load calulation to determine the BTU boiler output needed, to keep your home cozy on the coldest day of the winter.

    2. Find the brand boiler that is either oil or gas fired, that will reduce your fuel costs the most. Then, give you some choices regarding installed prices vs. fuel savings over time, and...

    3. Let you bring the findings here for us to critique and help you make the right decision. Better yet, use the "Find a Professional" tab at the top left of this webpage and plug in yout zip code - and get one of us to do the heat load calcs. and make a formal proposal and options list you can be pretty sure are in your best interest.

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  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928
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    I'd avoid the last contractor like the plague. Gravity conversion systems are among the best candidates for high-efficiency condensing/modulating boilers. Nearly impossible that there won't be a suitably sized boiler in EVERY model of mod-cons--the more likely scenario is that most will be too large!
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