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Posted by keoith on March 15, 2004 at 15:51:11:
In Reply to: Re: Need help choosing new boiler posted by Harold hydronicnetwork.net on March 15, 2004 at 07:01:29:
First of all, 1000 gallons is ok in New England, but in southern VA! Where are you buying your oil? at 1.60 it is a 15 year payoff, and that assumes the existing boiler would not need to be replaced, and that oil doesn't go up.
I have used cheap oil dealers for years and never gotten any asphalt. My friend just got burned by the priciest guy in town.
That said, insulation will save you more money.
: A new boiler would not give much more than 5% efficiency increase, as oil boilers are subject to the efficiency of the burner setup. If your oil repairman does a great job, keep him, he is a gem. $1200 per year for an old house is not bad. Trying to squeeze another $100 per year out of what you have may cost you far more in the next few years. Shopping around for oil lets you find the oil supplier who just ran a load of asphalt as well as others. If you want a new boiler, then go for it for the peace of mind; however, the old casting is not going anywhere soon.
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