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Because of this site I have a reasonably good idea of what size my next boiler should be.
The next thing I think I should learn about is the near boiler piping, installation, and venting. I found an interesting article on this site written by Dan Holohan in June of 2014. It is titled "The Importance of Near Boiler Piping In a Steam System."
It says that if certain valves are not installed during installation, the life of the boiler could be shortened. I was not given any choice in this regard, so the better valves may not have been installed. I don't know how I will ever know.
Then again, someone just told me in a different discussion that new boilers are only supposed to get 10 - 15 years, so perhaps that is all I should expect.
Anyone want to comment on what the life of a new boiler should be?
And does anyone have any other suggestions as to what I should read (things available online are preferred) so that I can have a reasonably intelligent discussions contractors when the time comes? Thanks.