Re: Replace Hot Water Boiler?
It's amazing a 1915 unit is still in working order.
A unit THAT old usually has a very poor efficiency rating, with at least 1/2 the fuel consumed going up the chimney as wasted heat.
Yes, a new hw boiler is strongly recommended.
Since the Arco is a gravity system, the piping will have to be converted to a pumped/circulator arrangement.
The removed rads can be replaced with baseboard, if desired.
The comments you got from the installer reflects the view of most techs in the industry.
Cast iron rads are excellent sources of both convective and radiant heat & should be saved.
Click onto previous posts by jack the shack and other posters as you "board jump" to HEATING, pages 4 tp 10 below to get a good background on types of boilers and price ranges.
Last edited by NashuaTech; 09-13-2008 at 07:06 PM.
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