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Posted by Kerry on January 05, 2006 at 16:34:00:
We live in a 55 yr old cape, 1 1/2 stories, approximately 1212 sf. It has oil hot water and heat (radiators), no hot water heater. The boiler is approximately 30-35 yrs old. We recently had our boiler cleaned and were told that our flue was damaged--tiles were broken and would need to be replaced. The Flue guy came and said we would have to reline the flue and it would cost $3000. He also said since the flue shares the fire place chimney, putting a new 7" flue in could damage the fire place flue. He said we'd be better off getting a new boiler that uses a 5" pipe.
I'm wondering if $3000 sounds crazy for relining the flue (and if you guys don't do flue questions could you point me in the direction of someone who does?)and also if it makes sense to you guys to replace the whole system instead. The furnace guy is recommending Weil McLain or HB Smith and said he did a similar system (to what our house would need)recently for $3000. We haven't gotten the official estimate yet but thats the ballpark.
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