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Posted by HeatPro on May 22, 2006 at 21:26:10:
In Reply to: condensing boilers posted by jimmyb on May 22, 2006 at 20:38:45:
He's an old-timey who likes the old days of cast-iron. The new boilers that you can carry in your arms easily turn him off. A future of back operations and wheelchairs is his ideal. Almost ALL boilers in Europe are condensing and most manufacturers in North America now have condensing boilers. They were rare 20 years ago; but fuel costs drive all to condensing. They are following the 90+ furnaces which are everywhere. Guinea pigs don't live 20 years.
All boilers are now harder to service because their controls are solid-state and power vented. Once that hurdle of learning how they work, their wiring, and service it doesn't matter how complicated they get, cause they aren't fixed, but the controls are replaced. Like all boilers and furnaces, they should be examined and serviced yearly. Factory-trained techs do that as a practice.
Codes don't allow the condensate, which is as acid as orange juice, to get to your foundation. They would be drained to calcium neutralizers and sent down an approved municipal drain.
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