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Need Help on Age of Boiler

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jakemartin
jakemartin Member Posts: 2
Hey All - could someone give me an idea of how old this boiler is? Is it reliable? In a house I'm looking to purchase 

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,889
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    That's a nice boiler. It's a cast-iron, three-pass, Scotch-Marine design. It offers good efficiency and is pretty easy to maintain, as long as your service organization is willing to actually maintain it. When they don't, you get this:

    https://forum.heatinghelp.com/discussion/184249/you-can-tell-how-long-ago-this-was-serviced

    The manual is here:

    https://www.velocityboilerworks.com/documents/Freeport-CT-Installation-Manual.pdf

    Age-wise, it might be 20 or so years old. Make sure the baffles are still in place- you can see them on the parts breakdown. If not, you'll lose efficiency.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
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  • Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
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    Steamhead once said that Crown is a re-branded Dunkirk. Try this number in the morning and along with the model and serial number, they should be able to tell you when it was manufactured: (215)535-8900.
    8.33 lbs./gal. x 60 min./hr. x 20°ΔT = 10,000 BTU's/hour

    Two btu per sq ft for degree difference for a slab
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,741
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    Som pictures of the whole boiler and the piping would tell us more.

    The longevity and reliability will have a lot more to do with the quality of the install and the maintenance of the boiler and system, especially that it has been maintained leak free so it doesn't get fresh water added to it than it has to do with the model or age of the boiler. Since it is oil it needs to be set up properly and properly serviced regularly.
    ACE_in_NH
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,889
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    Not that one, Alan. I don't think Dunkirk ever made a boiler like that. Current-model Crowns are made by U.S. Boiler.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
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  • jakemartin
    jakemartin Member Posts: 2
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    Thanks all. Photo I took yesterday at an open house. In hindsight I wish I took more photos of the full system
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,889
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    Thanks all. Photo I took yesterday at an open house. In hindsight I wish I took more photos of the full system

    Ask the realtor to let you come back in.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting