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Posted by HeatPro on July 01, 2006 at 14:51:17:
In Reply to: Weil McLain PEG-45-S-SPDN for 1700 Sq Ft House is Almost $8K?? posted by Robert on July 01, 2006 at 14:09:26:
The only way to know if it is oversized is to have a professional written estimate in hand to compare the boiler output with the estimate. An old house that large with a steam boiler can require a 200,000 btuh output boiler.
However, the boiler has to serve the existing radiation and piping in the house and no less:
Your probably aren't being overcharged. You aren't paying for the boiler only, you are also paying for a pro to install it so the unit works and is under factory warrantee. The only way to know the price is to get three estimates to see a 'ball-park' figure for the local situation.
IMO, an automatic water feeder is a problem in waiting, as it will fail in a few years due to 'saving on service' and turn the house into a sprinkler system. That can be a point of making an estimate less.
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