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I just moved into a 1100 s/f 1890's Victorian condo (1st floor). It came complete with a beautiful looking (chrome handles, shiney steel jacket) Janitrol Deluxe Gas Boiler circa 1970. I had it checked out, and despite it being in good working order, everyone wants me to junk it in place of a 95% AFUE Burnham Alpine or similar. The draw to replace it is strong, as I can get a rebate up to $3500 from Nstar Gas, if I replace before October 31st. Now here's the thing, I'm kinda an old foggie that believes newer is not necessarily better. This boiler has a standing pilot, which as you know, won't stop working if there is a power outage. Since I haven't spent a winter in my new place yet, I'm leaning towards keeping Ol' Faithful through this coming season and see how expensive it is to heat my place. I have replacement windows and newer insulation, so I hope I don't go broke.
Am I being foolish? I've looked at many gas boilers. I'm leaning towards the Weil Mclain GV90+AFUE if I decide to go ahead. Just can't decide. Please help!!!! Thanks!