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Boston
Boston Member Posts: 71
Not sure why these questions all get the same answer. Let me vent and net it out.

1. Do a heat loss calc so you understand the right size equipment to purchase
2. Realize the installer is the dominat variable in the success of your install. Which means find a good guy and listen to him.

But - given that you understand that -

All the name brands are good. They would not be around if they were not.

I have used Weil Mclain for years and you can't go wrong. Burnhams are excellent. Then you have the "higher end" Blue and Orange.

Then you have the m-c direct vent crap. You'll save money but have problems and they will last 10 years on average.

I reccomend the correct aized w-m and put the rest of your cash into insulation.

Why won't some of you guys answer a direct question? You know what the man is asking.

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  • Tony_26
    Tony_26 Member Posts: 1
    Which boiler to use?

    I need to replace a hot water boiler. Any suggestions on a brand. The old boiler is a Hydropulse with indirect water heater. Approx. 1700 sq. ft.
    Thanks
  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    often the boiler is not really an issue....

    what i mean by that is, there are many considerations to take count of .for example the heat loss from the building is often a good place to start,then the value judgements based on that information as where to best spend your money as to reduce the yearly useage in that space.

    sometimes ventilation is or can be an issue for health reasons as the costs there are sort of hidden until the bill is handed to you from a clinic or hospital.

    then there is the thought that adding windows can also be benificial as you get older ,more on an attitudinal type deal,when you wake up in the morning and the sun shines in you are off to a good start on your day. it may seem like i am making this up however it can be finacially an intelligent thing to do in the process of making a determination as to what boiler to purchase.

    the type of system and emmitters also might have a little something to "add" as it were .....

    so now that you have way too much information:) i would say it depends....

    is there something that you are thinking would help save you a dollar in the long run? if so the right size boiler might help.

    without knowing anything at all about a boiler other than the BTU's it produces and the yearly expenditure of fuel it uses in gallons cords tons cu.ft or KW i could give you a list of boilers in that size.. maybe you dont even need a boiler...where do you live? :)
  • Steamhead (in transit)
    Steamhead (in transit) Member Posts: 6,688
    Tony, the first thing to do

    is a full computerized heat-loss calculation on your house. Then you'll know what size boiler you're looking for. I bet it's going to be smaller than the one you now have.

    Then you need to consider the type of system you have (radiators, baseboard, whether it's an old gravity system etc.)

    If you have a tank-type indirect, that's great. If not, I highly recommend them.

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  • Steamhead (in transit)
    Steamhead (in transit) Member Posts: 6,688
    Because

    I find that depending on the job, one manufacturer's boiler may be a better match for the heat loss or type of system than another's, even though both are good quality units. I think this is better than saying "it depends".

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  • Ted_9
    Ted_9 Member Posts: 1,718
    Two

    > I find that depending on the job, one

    > manufacturer's boiler may be a better match for

    > the heat loss or type of system than another's,

    > even though both are good quality units. I think

    > this is better than saying "it depends".

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  • Ted_9
    Ted_9 Member Posts: 1,718
    Two brands

    Well, I use two brands and they both compliment each other.

    Buderus and Viessmann.

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  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    how about colour co ordination with the siding:)

    if the guy has yellow siding maybe he would like an EK :)

    or if he is sorta patriotic a Slantfin avec riello.

    or a nice sea green blue Burnham.

    or a nice grey viessman.

    or a gold Weil miclain.

    or a Blue buderus.

    or a white triangle tube.

    or a nice green peerless.

    belive it or not to some it would make the difference....it may sound superficial yet there are good boilers that meet the need that are available yet fairly close to the acutual need and in the colour of choice there is a company in Texas that will paint the boiler skins any colour you wish....the answer sometimes becomes obvious, that the answer may be more than skin deep. occasionally an answer exists before the question.or, as a good friend used to say..."are you sure you dont already know the answer?" if our man got an answer that remotely resembled one of ours i tend to think he would be aware that he "heard That someplace".....huh?
  • J.C.A._3
    J.C.A._3 Member Posts: 2,981
    Weezebo...

    Ain't that rich...shopping for a boiler by color!

    For any customer I have, or will ever have...I pick the boiler and will deliver it in any color they prefer. My choices are from years of experience and knowledge I've gained from them. The color can be as anyone wishes...as long as they don't mind paying for it. (Heck, ask Milne about the purple W/M boiler that was put into a job we did last year!) Prices MAY vary.. JCA
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