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New Bolier Vs. Old

Kirk
Kirk Member Posts: 11
I am new to haveing a house with steam heat... the house is 100 yrs old, the boiler is 12 to 15 years old. Is the cost of replacing the boiler with a new unit realized? HOw long might it take one to recover the cost of a new unit in potential fuel savings? Or is the current unit still somewaht cutting edge? What other services can I perform that will maximize the overall servicability and efficency of the entire system

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  • Kirk
    Kirk Member Posts: 11
    New Boiler vs. older

    I am new to having a house with steam heat... the house is 100 yrs old, the boiler is 12 to 15 years old. Is the cost of replacing the boiler with a new unit realized? How long might it take one to recover the cost of a new unit in potential fuel savings? Or is the current unit still somewhat cutting edge? What other services can I perform that will maximize the overall serviceability and efficiency of the entire system
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,760
    A boiler of that age

    probably has an efficiency comparable to a new one. You'd do better to upgrade your pipe insulation and air venting if needed.

    What boiler do you have now?

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  • Michal
    Michal Member Posts: 213
    You know I said the same

    You know I said the same thing to a guy a while back on this site and even saw the boiler, was a american radiator boiler, excellent shape, maintaining water temperature, They had it abated and nevre re insulated it, the stand by loss was tremendous, Well I offered to upgrade the burner to a high speed retention flame beckett, and make a insulated jacket, gave the guy a fair price (much lowwer then market since i do this on the side) and never got called back, He wanted a new boiler I guess and thats what he was sold on for like 8 to 10% more efficiency. I know its 10% but will be a while before you recover that savings. I agree, with steam head, reinsulate, to like a 2" insulation (new energy code depending on which state your in) and redo your airvents in the rooms, make sure they are the proper sized ones for each floor, as well as making sure your end of main quick vent is working, these you can change on your own
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