In fairness to all, we don't discuss pricing on the Wall. Thanks for your cooperation.
Waited to last minute to replace my oil heater which is over 40-50 yrs old and it's starting to get cold here in NJ.
I'm going to gas and need a new boiler and water heater. I have 3 zones,
but adding a 4th for the coming addition to my ranch. I'm moving it
from where it is next to chimney to front of house where the gas line
comes in ... maybe about 15 ft. I'd like to vent out the front of the
house because the chimney will be gone with addition. The current home
is 1800 sq ft and adding another 1000 sq ft within a few months. Will
eventually have 3 bathrooms.
My first quote for $--k came from HVAC company offering a Buderus 96%
high efficency 160kBTU plus 79 gallon water tank. Not sure why the tank
was so big, everyone else said 40 gallon enough.
2nd came from another HVAC company, this time it was Peerless Purefire
210k BTU plus 40 gal water tank. He said I needed the bigger unit with
the addition. $--. Major difference from 1st quote.
Then a plumber said Crown Boiler Bimini and Amatrol Tank for $-- and
that high efficiency is NOT the way to go, it's a waste of money and
hard to get parts and that I'll never get my money back. He won't give
me a written quote or written guarantee because he's "old school".
Finally another plumber offered Williamson Boiler w/Storage Tank
127,000 BTU's Direct Vent Boiler and storage tank for $--- and also
offered a tankless Navien for $14k plus and said it was the best way to
-- My head is spinning. I need to get this project done, I have 3 little
kids and it's getting cold but I don't want to make a bad choice.
Can someone please help me with the truth about high-efficiency or not
.. is it worth it? More than one person has said no ... that 85% is just
fine. And what are the best boiler brands?
I currently have a WEIL-MCLAIN that has lasted 40 plus years but someone
said they're not good now. I see awful reviews on Buderus and I hear
you can't get parts.
And what about heat exchangers? Stainless steel the best? Does it matter? What should I look for and what should I really worry about.
Thanks in advance for your help.