New Boiler Advise

Discussion in 'HVAC Heating & Cooling' started by questseeker, Jun 7, 2014.

  1. questseeker

    questseeker New Member

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    I am in need of a new bolier , right now I have a 20 year old Well Mclain.

    I called an indepentendent contractor still waiting on price quote.The two boilers he mentioned were Peerless or Burnham . I have oil heat, with water expansion tank we use the boiler for hot water as well.Please let me know from your expertise which boiler is more efficient/ better overall we have about 12 radiators in the house also if you have any idea around what you think the price would be around for the boiler and labor so I know I am not getting raked over the coals so to speak.

    I was going to call my Oil Company to get a qoute , but noticed in the past when I need parts the prices were marked up do you think I should ask the for a quote as well?
    Thank you in advance
  2. Dana

    Dana In the trades

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    The cost of oil is never going to reach the affordable range again, and all oil boilers are oversized for typical NJ heat loads, sufficiently oversized that the (almost) never run at their rated AFUE.

    Heat pumps, particularly ductless air source heat pumps (cheaper) and ground source heat pumps (ridiculous) are far cheaper to operate.

    Before doing anything, get a handle on what your true heat load is at the 99% outside design temp for your area. If you have mid or late-winter oil bills with a "K-factor" stamped on it, that's a good place to start. If not, what's your ZIP code and how much oil do you use in a year? Does your boiler also heat the domestic hot water? (If yes, is that with an embedded coil, or is it an indirect tank)?
  3. BadgerBoilerMN

    BadgerBoilerMN Master Hot Water Mpls,MN

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    ACCA Manual J and the current cost-per-million btu for electric, propane and oil boilers with indirect (never tankless) domestic hot water. With old style cast-iron radiators outdoor reset and condensing boilers would be in order.
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