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Re: replacement boiler price quote-HIGH?

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Posted by JeffD on April 20, 2005 at 15:30:53:

In Reply to: replacement boiler price quote-HIGH? posted by bonzo71 on April 20, 2005 at 13:28:11:

: Just got a quote to replace and older(1990) Crown boiler that is rusting -VERY hot air comes out the back and our oil rep said it should be replaced. Just had a quote to replace with Weil McLlain Cga-4 105,000 btu, remove oil tank (275 gallon) and install steel liner in chimney. There is some plumming work thats needed-valves/expantion tank ect. Quote was ~7300. I know the retail price for the boiler is $1600, the additional plumming supplies would be around $400, the tank removal costs $500(neighbor had done 2 months ago for this price). I have no idea what a chimney liner costs-maybe $500? Does this quote still seem very high? I was expecting a quote around $4500 to $5000 (labor/profit of ~$2000).
: The rep said that the work would all be done in one day. Any opinions?

That quote sounds resonable to me. Not only is there labor and profit, there is overhead, that includes liability insurance, workers comp, benefits for employees, rent, utilities, advertising, education and training, auto ins, van or truck payments, well you get the idea. In the end there really isn't much profit left. Just because that boiler has some rust on it doesn't mean it's bad. Where is this "hot air" coming from? And why are you changing from oil to gas? Do a cost comparison before you switch to gas, gas has less btu's per unit than oil, and often times costs more. Some larger gas utilities also add in extra fees. Really do your homework before making the switch. At 15 years old that boiler should be a little over middle aged. I think I would get another opinion before replacing that boiler. Get the opinion of a good service technician and not a rep. Hope this helps.

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