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old gas valve - safe? should replace?

john_181 Member Posts: 93
I have an old General Electric boiler from I think the 1950's. The inlet gas valve is a little unusual. It has a resistor in it and when the call for gas is made it heats up for about 30 seconds or so then it lifts the gas valve open. Is this thing safe or should I change it out?????


  • martin
    martin Member Posts: 144
    Unsafe Gas Valve

    In 1950 it was probably state of the art, but like the cig commercial you've come a long way baby. Change it out, for less than 150 bucks you can have 1980s technology.The smart thing in the long run is replace the boiler and get some efficiency and state of the art safty.
  • If it isn't broke

    don't fix it. Those old GE gas valves some said (American Standard) will outlast most of the new valves by many years. I still am using my old GE Warm Air Furnace over 55 years old with the same GE blower that came with it. I have the system set up for CAC (constant air circulation). I did convert it over to Powerpile to protect against power failures. Those furnaces depending on model have a cast iron heat exchanger which lasts forever. I test mine every year and it is still tight.
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