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Posted by HeatPro on October 29, 2005 at 00:59:08:
In Reply to: Which contractor to choose? posted by David on October 28, 2005 at 21:34:46:
If you have a 1940's house that is uninsulated, it would be heated well by the 125,000 input boiler. If the house is a 1960's house of 3000 sq. ft, it would be heated well by that boiler. If the house is built after 1992, it could be heated well by a boiler of that input if the house is about 5000 sq ft.
If your house isn't that large, and the contractor didn't do a written heat estimate, perhaps you don't want either of them.
An installer that doesn't know why or how to do a heat estimate is more likely not to understand the difference between the two boilers and could make mistakes in installation. They are good boilers, but require slightly different concerns.
New Yorker makes a steel boiler is now owned by Burnham which is more likely cast iron, and I've heated my home using a New Yorker for 20 years. they are more forgiving to bad installers than a low-water-volume Laars finned copper-tube boiler.
If properly installed, with no leaks and kept serviced, they should last longer than you would want them.
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