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New burner Needed

A newer burner is probably a wiser choice than a used one. In either case though it’ll be important to make sure the burner is matched correctly and that the boiler is in good enough condition to have a retrofit burner installed as per NFPA-31.

Another thing to keep in mind. is if your intent to use the new burner at a later date, that may not be as good of an idea as you may think. The new burner may not fit the application of the new boiler you end up with. And even if it did it will most likely void any warranty on the new boiler. Just a few things to think about.

Maybe getting a service technician to evaluate the situation and possibly correct what ever is currently wrong in hopes of getting this old girl through the winter might be the best choice. Best of luck to you.

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Alan R. Mercurio

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  • Joey B
    Joey B Member Posts: 16
    New Burner for an old steam boiler

    I reacently purchased a two family house running steam heating.
    The boiler is an very old American Standard. which had a leakage and was fixed. The burnner is very old and has some service stickers dating back to 1966.

    I had the boiler serviced by the oil company. They suggested a new boiler or a new Burner. This one grinds and from time to time It completely goes off.
    I am planning to change from steam to hotwater for zoning purpose on the spring. Since I have an older relative living in the house.
    I will upgrade the boiler at that time. Any suggestions? They suggested of getting a used burner for this winter. I will like to purchase a new one and used it with the new boiler in the spring. Please advise.
    Thank you.
  • If you're going to stay with a single boiler

    why change to hot-water?

    An outdoor reset control and a thermostatic valve on each radiator will provide room-by-room control with the existing system, saving you much expensive and disruptive tear-out work.

    And a steam system won't freeze up in an extended power failure like a hot-water system can. Nor will it cause a flood if a leak develops above the boiler's waterline.

    I agree with Alan regarding burners. But if the oil company is willing to provide, install, service and guarantee a used/reconditioned one, you should be OK.

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