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August 9, 2012 7:21 AM Subscribe
Can you tell me how to buy a boiler?
posted by A Terrible Llama to home & garden (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So we bought a new house, and one of the tasks that fell on my side of the list is 'Replace the boiler' (which was indicated during inspection and subsequent inspection from a boiler guy.)
I have only a trace idea of how boilers work. I've contacted three seller/contractors to come in, take a look, and give me estimates, which I will then compare and try to figure out.
I'm a little bit worried that this is going to be like buying a car, where they just dazzle you with options and things you don't know (or care) about until you find yourself writing a huge check to some guy you don't trust for reasons you don't fully understand just to bring the transaction to a conclusion. I'm not feeling very confidant, in other words.
Can you give me the basic principles of what I want in a boiler, or by all means, pick a boiler for me? It's a 2700 square foot house with zone baseboard heating using oil as a source. We live in New England. Those two sentences encompass all that I know about buying a boiler or how to calculate our needs. We don't want the Finest Boiler In All The Land and we don't want a piece of junk that will fall apart next year.
Is there any way I can make this easy?