Moved into a 1907 house in Portland, OR. Came with Burnham Oil Boiler from 2004, model LE2-GBI2S. It works but has lots of issues. Wanted opinions on repairing it (expensive) or replace with natural gas boiler (really expensive). The natural gas direction will be about 4 times more expensive.
Considerations. This is installed in a nice, high-ceiling basement that I'd like to convert to living space. Current mis-tuned boiler is medium loud and a little sooty and takes up a large corner. Air quality goes down after it's been running a while. Will air quality greatly improve when it's running properly? I understand natural gas is smaller footprint, quieter, and cleaner. Can I wall in to reduce noise? What type of venting required?
I'm not familiar with boilers, but am just getting started with lingo and how they work, bare with me.
Current known issues:
- Lots of soot; vent pipe is full and needs cleaning or replacing; not sure what needs calibration
- TPR valve and incoming PR line are both dripping, quite a lot
- Pressure release valve not working
- RP device (reduced pressure divide backflow preventer device for make-up water line) is missing / not installed correctly / or not working (unclear)
- Temp and pressure gauge not working
- Pressure reducing valve to regulate system pressure from make up water line is currently not functioning.
- 2 new auto air vents one on boiler one upstairs on one of the radiators currently not functioning.
- Piping to the floor drain is missing (concrete is cut out and drips into dirt)
- No expansion tank, needed?
What would you do? Scrap the boiler because too many problems or repair? Again going with a new natural gas boiler will be about 4 times more expensive.