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GE downdraft steam boiler

Jim_139 Member Posts: 61
The GE low-pressure boiler was way ahead of its time. It was quiet, efficient and durable. However, GE chose to control the supply line for parts and service help. Most of the components were OEM and today are generally not available. Beckett and Carlin both offered conversion burners specifically for it.

The boilers were made of high quality steel and the only location I ever saw one leak was at the tankless coil.

I wouldn't expect much, if any, change in your oil bill if you change the other boiler.


  • Hollis
    Hollis Member Posts: 105
    GE downdraft steam boiler

    OOPS, mislabeled the first inquiry,sorry,

    Anyone ever work on these? Seems like the couple of techs act they they are poison. (I think because they are probably hard to clean and don't want to work on them)

    So I have(had) two of them. Told they were inefficient and would save by replacing them. Well I did replace one with a HB.Smith steam boiler. The next year we had about the same Heating degree days and solar gain and the wind chills were close too. And the oil bill were almost exactly the same. (thermostat set for whole building is same)

    So,..was the GE way ahead of its time and more efficient than most realize and because its old "must" be inefficient? OR the HB Smith installation or settings possibly not correct? (I asked to be checked midway through the season) Wondering if I should change the other one.

  • bob young
    bob young Member Posts: 2,177
    sid harvey

    sid harvey supply was a good source for parts for the G.E.
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