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Posted by Anne on December 08, 2010 at 11:01:15:
I have an in-4 burnham and was told by many people to have it re-piped, there was no hartford loop, the riser was too low, etc. I hired a guy who took apart the pipes, gas line, etc (nothing is connected) and here I sit without heat. He quit.
I had several people come through to give an estimate ranging from 1,200 to 1,500. When I received the grant for them to do the work, they never showed. I called on some more companies and one wants almost 4 grand to install the thing, a considerable difference indeed. However, he does want to install controlled radiator vents, an automatic water feed connected to the hot water, new vents for the return, rewire, a chimney liner, etc. I am having trouble now getting the grant for this guy. I did get another price from someone else, but he did not want to install an automatic water feed and his price was similar to the low-end guys.
One of the companies did show up, but the guys they sent out after giving the estimate told me they can't do all the work for that price. No auto water feed, no hartford loop, (this installer told me I did not need a hartford loop; there wasn't one on the old system so the new one didn't need one) the riser didn't need to be any higher, etc. I did not want them to come back.
How much can I expect the bill to be for an installation of a steam boiler in the Detroit area? I just need a rough estimate I know it cannot be exact. Is 4 grand too much? It does sound rather high to me, considering I have been told for about that price I can get a reconditioned boiler and the installation. Of course that price was quoted to me by the guy who sent out the one who told me I don't need a hartford loop.........
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