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Is my Weil-McLain EGH-95 dead? Replacement advice requested.
Hi! I am located in Louisville, Kentucky, and I don't have a lot of confidence in any of the people who have serviced/diagnosed my Weil-McLain EGH-95 boiler. I need to take matters into my own hands. I am a quick study, but I didn't know how much I didn't know about my boiler until I came to this forum. Please excuse my ignorance; I promise that I am willing to learn from any advice that I am given from this forum.
My husband and I inherited this boiler when we purchased our house from a foreclosure sale two years ago. The boiler was in pieces and we had a couple of local companies come out to bid on reassembling it. The burners were all thrown away by cleaning crews (the previous owner was a hoarder), so we had to purchase all new burners. In all, we spent over $3k to get it running for the winter of 2013. Even when it was running, the radiators that were farthest away from the boiler never got warm. That end of our house was always very cold. We had a technician perform seasonal maintenance for the winter of 2014 and the boiler seemed to function the same as it had in 2013. Fast forward to yesterday when we had another technician come out to service it for this winter. He told us that it probably has a crack above the water line and that we need to replace our boiler. We had a second tech come out and they said that it can be repaired, but it would probably cost only slightly less than a total replacement.
Here's my issue--If I can't trust these people to properly service my boiler, how can I trust anybody to install a brand new one? And how do I know that the new one isn't going to fail for the same reasons as the old one (still unknown)? Presumably the person who reassembled the system in 2013 (who is the only Weil-McLain authorized rep in our area) should have noticed problems that would lead to complete failure two years later, and the person who serviced it last year should have noticed problems that would lead to failure. Now our backs are against the wall because winter is getting here quickly and we need to make a very expensive and very complicated decision in a short amount of time.
Here's what I know (which isn't much):
-I am attaching a photo of the corroded area where a leak has certainly occurred.
-One of the techs yesterday filled up the tank and water came out of the second section from the right side. Water also bled out from several areas between sections.
-A guy is coming out tomorrow to measure our house for a new boiler. He said that he is going to need to look at all of the radiators, so I think he will also be doing an EDR calc. I'm going to do my own when I get home today so I can ask educated questions.
-We have really hard water in Louisville and we do not have a water softener.
-From this forum, I now know how to clean out a boiler. We will do that in the future frequently. We have not done it before.
-When the boiler was working, we noticed that water seemed to be pumping into the system a lot. Our techs weren't concerned with our concerns, but we thought it was too frequent. We also never saw any puddles under the boiler, so we didn't think that it was leaking out any water.
Sorry for the novel. I need some help troubleshooting to determine if our system is beyond fixing, and if it is, recommendations for how to identify and install a new system that will hopefully not fail in a short amount of time. I'm happy to answer any and all questions. Thanks!
-Current proud owner of a certainly-dead Weil-McLain EGH-95.