Posted by Tgal on June 08, 2001 at 06:47:26:
I own a home with a gas-fired steam heating system. The home is approx. 100 years old and the boiler appears to be at least 40+ years old. I have the system checked annually and, except for a reapir to the low-water cutoff that was completed 2 years ago, I have not had any serious problems. I have a nagging feeling that I will wake up some morning in the dead of winter to find that the heater has failed. With that in mind, I have obtained estimates for a replacement furnace--the most popular model being a weil-mcclain EGH model (400,000 btu). This would replace a Bryant furnace (396,000 BTU).
My question is whether a replacement of the furnace at this point, i.e., no imminent failure of the system, is warranted. The two arguments in favor of the replacement seem to me to be: (i) avoidance of a potentially catastrophic failure in the winter (the catastrophe being my spouse screaming in my ears) and the higher efficiency that would result from a new boiler. In addition, I would be curious regarding anyone's experience with the model I am being offered as a replacement. Thank you in advance for your comments.
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