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Has this gas hot water boiler seen better days?

CincodeCincode Posts: 2Member
I am considering Purchasing a home with this baseboard hot water system. I’ve always had forced hot air heating. It’s a Burnham and looks to be about 30 years old, and has 2 zones. I notice a lot of rust on the maze of pipes and rust on the front and below the boiler. I’m trying to gain some pre-inspection knowledge so I can ask the right questions. I don’t need a huge bill next winter if this unit decides to die, or do I want to keep repairing a unit that is ready for the junkyard. I know t
here is only so much that can be learned from a photo but appreciate all advice offered.


  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Posts: 1,964Member
    It's not in such a state it would dissuade me from buying. I would put it on my short list of things do you. There are atmospheric and mod cons that are much more efficient than what's there. Coupled with an indirect water heater and ODR, it would be a nice project.
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Posts: 5,486Member
    I agree with @HVACNUT . It looks ok, not sure of it's age. If you like the house buy it. Then budget for it's replacement.

    My boiler is 33 years and counting.
  • Intplm.Intplm. Posts: 609Member
    I also agree with the ^^^^^^.
    You can also take a good look to see how often the boiler has been serviced. The picture shows that the boiler appears to have service tags on it.
  • CincodeCincode Posts: 2Member
    Thank you. All of your opinions are very much appreciated. The owner claims the unit was last serviced 4 years ago.
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