replace my 65 yr old oil burner

Discussion in 'Boiler Forum' started by jim442, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. jim442

    jim442 New Member

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    still works fine-maybe inefficient got an estimate for a Solaia SL 4100,with a bunch of pipes,fittings,tank etc
    separately priced the furnace-about $1800 but with install,went very high
    need some suggestions/recommendations in N Va
    thanks Jim
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Furnace or boiler? Makes a difference.

    Most old systems are WAY oversized, especially if over the last 65 years, you've done anything to tighten up and insulate the house. Replacing with the same size is a BIG mistake, so you need to evaluate things first.
  3. Dana

    Dana In the trades

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    The Solaia SL 4100 is a cast iron hydronic boiler.

    The SL 4100 is kinda big with 122K of DOE output (more than 3x the heat load on my central MA house). If your house has insulation in the walls and glass in the windows you probably don't need that much, and it may be hard to make something 4-5x oversized run efficiently without system modifications.

    To get a handle on sizing, how much oil did you use last year? (Or if you have a mid to late winter oil bill with a K-factor stamped on it, what's the K-factor?)
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