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Posted by Joe on November 17, 2005 at 20:03:30:
I am in the process of buying a house with a 1974 Bryant BS2 boiler unit. Cosmetically, the unit looks to be in great shape and there is a complete service record. The boiler was not lit when we did the house inspection, so the inspector lit the pilot and everything seemed to work fine - until the boiler started to heat and we started hearing a hissing noise coming from the heat exchanger and noticed a very small amount of water on the floor under the unit. A second inspector - this one more familiar with boilers (and brought in by the seller)- looked at it and said that the cast iron units will always condense a little water just as they start to heat if they have been left cold for a long time, but nothing to worry about. Which one of these guys should I believe? I saw a few drops of water on the floor under the boiler, but we only ran it a few minutes. It had been turned off for several months when we looked at it. Is this operation normal?
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