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Does my boiler have a low water cutoff switch?

roadstirroadstir Posts: 1Member
I am selling a house and the buyer's home inspector says the boiler needs a low water safety cutoff switch. However, a friend told me that most, if not all, boiler come with one installed. It is an oil Vaillant Model F75-W-55
Many thanks


  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 8,200Member
    LWCO, pressure switches, aquastats, water feeders, gauges -- all that sort of thing is trim. It may or may not have been installed -- although it certainly should have been -- but they don't come installed.

    Take pictures of all the controls on the boiler and we may be able to tell.

    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.

    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • IronmanIronman Posts: 4,206Member
    Most hot water boilers do NOT come with a LWCO; it's usually an accessory.

    Like Jamie said, some pics would be helpful.
    Bob Boan

    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Posts: 3,900Member
    Requirements for low water cut offs on residential hot water boilers is a fairly recent requirement and not in all jurisdictions.

    They are an important safety control but may not have been required in your area at the time the boiler was installed which would make your installation still legal.

    tell the "home inspector" to pound sand, they always wan't more than they can get
  • IronmanIronman Posts: 4,206Member
    Vallant hasn't been sold in the US for over 15 years now. A good product, but that time frame makes it doubtful that your jurisdiction would have required a LWCO at that time.

    Like Ed said, home inspectors can be real fountains of misinformation.
    Bob Boan

    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • newagedawnnewagedawn Posts: 524Member
    where are you located, your local code might not require it, those jack of all master of none idiots are a real pain in the butt, they take a 6 month course and think they know all about your house, here in CT they are a real joke, dont get me started on these guys,lol
    "The bitter taste of a poor install lasts far longer than the JOY of the lowest price"
  • MilanDMilanD Posts: 1,105Member
    Home inspectors - now there's a term. Really good for buyers to negotiate you down, not so for sellers, charge buyer an arm and a leg, and most lenders require it... Agreeing with all the above, I suggest you don't let the deal fall through for couple of hundred bucks. Counteroffer a 'no' on it (for reasons mentioned above), and then offer them a reduction in negotiated price for couple of hundred IF at first they counter back on your 'no'. Inexperienced buyers can get cold feet over idiotic 'issues' those inspectors find (missing pull chain on a ceiling fan - now there's a find one of inspectors listed when I was buying one of my rentals!). As I said - good for buyers., esp. if it's 1st time home buyers who are generally clueless about home mechanics (and many stay that way in perpetuity). I'd them with a 'no' and go from there, or, if you don't have multiple interests, reduce price down by a few hundred and move on.
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