Cost for a new hot water oil burner/furnace
April 2, 2008 11:53 PM   Subscribe

(Oil Heat) - Getting a new oil burner / furnace. (1) How much should it cost, including installation, for a new oil furnace that's at least pretty good/efficient? (We've gotten one estimate, so far, for $10,000 (!) $11,000 for antifreeze pipe system.) What's the cost for the equipment vs cost of labor? (2) The $10K was for a System 2000. Is the System 2000 really that good? Anyone have one? How much did it cost? How much did it reduce your heating bills?

1700 square feet, hot water base board.
posted by coffeefilter to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
That seems like a lot. We just got a quote to convert our oil boiler for a larger sq ft house to a 85% efficient gas system for around 7k, with a hot water heater. We figured out the combined cost of the loan payment and fuel would be less than what we are spending on oil each month right now.
posted by quibx at 5:33 AM on April 3, 2008

$10k sounds like alot. Also, consider converting to natural gas if it's in your area (we did)
posted by Artful Codger at 6:32 AM on April 3, 2008

Just wondering, have you considered a waste oil furnace? Most aren't approved for residential use, but some are. Also, lots of municipalities don't like them, but maybe you don't live in one. The rawesome thing about waste oil burners is that they're pretty efficient, are actually a "green" technology, and you can usually get the fuel for free or cheap.
posted by TomMelee at 6:35 AM on April 3, 2008

That does seem expensive, but I haven't bought a furnace in over 10 years. I have no idea what an "antifreeze pipe system" would be, although perhaps the quote is for replacing an entire hot water heating system, pipes and all? I agree with Artful Codger about converting to gas (that's what we did the last time we got a new furnace), although it's a matter of personal preference I guess.
posted by thomas144 at 9:11 AM on April 3, 2008

Response by poster: Thanks, all.

No natural gas in the area. Quote's only for the furnace system, not all the pipes too. The antifreeze system is to set up the plumbing so that the hot water baseboard pipes have antifreeze in them, so if the house is below freezing for whatever reason, the pipes don't burst.

Waste oil ... hadn't considered that. Hm.
posted by coffeefilter at 12:28 PM on April 4, 2008

Here's some, can't vouch for any.
posted by TomMelee at 9:37 PM on April 4, 2008

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