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Knucklehead? Yes or No??? RE: Boiler Replacement
Thank you all for the comments so far on the other discussion I started.
Getting bids for new boiler...
Ok, so new day, new contractor. The contractor that came today has recommended that we start by cleaning the old boiler first and see how that goes before deciding if the boiler needs to be replaced.
After much discussion about replacing the boiler, he just kept saying how good condition the boiler was in and the piping was in. No corrosion was his point (except one small area on wet return), he realized it was piped wrong. The boiler is 1966, and i don't think it's ever been cleaned. I know the drain valve is completely clogged from an issue we had previously with the boiler. When i had the company that the previous owner had servicing the boiler, when i had them come out all they did was service the burner. When i asked about the boiler..."oh we don't do that". The previous owner was here for 50 something years, probably using the same service tech company.
In general what he had to say made a lot of sense. But I had already mentally determined that it needs to be replaced, but now he has me thinking twice.
Basically his proposal was cut off the piping where the drain is and reconfigure with new drain. Flushing the system out before rebuilding it. And take the cover off and clean around the sections. Clean the water gauge glass.
If i choose to, the next step up would be to rebuild the riser/header, but he says it would be expensive (whatever that means). It would have to all be rebuilt if i got a new boiler anyways though. Says it should have a hartford loop but recommends not doing it, i think he was saying this because at that point it would be so much work, you just replace the boiler and do all new.
What do you think? Does he sound good, or is he a knucklehead??? Can i trust this 1966 boiler to keep going another 10-20 years? Oh, he also said that new boilers, the way they are built today probably wouldn't outlast the current one. Just don't build things today like they use too! he says.