1928 Weil-McLain hell.
September 18, 2011 6:18 PM Subscribe
How bad is it to stick out the winter with my house's ridiculously old heating system?
posted by zvs to home & garden (14 answers total)
Just bought a house built in 1928. Hey, and the boiler is from 1928 too! It's an oil-fired steam system.
Initially, I was planning on getting the boiler replaced (either with another oil system, or a gas system) before this year's heating season. But I'm starting to feel daunted by the many house repairs that I need to make, so I'm wondering if it's better to tough it out this winter and stockpile the cash.
The boiler works (and was apparently repaired last year to cement some cracks and replace a burner) -- but it needs constant manual water infusion to avoid cracking, and lacks most of the safety valves other systems have.
Boring details: New York City, 2000 square foot 3-story attached house, old windows and probably a poorly insulated cockloft. Weil-McLain boiler. As a bonus, the boiler currently needs to have a bunch of insulation replaced, because the asbestos guys took most of it away this morning.
Is this going to ruin my life? Should I bite the bullet and have it ripped out? I know my fuel cost will be higher, but what else is in store?