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Old 09-25-2009, 12:13 PM   #1
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how hard to replace an oil boiler?


I am a handyman and have no problem with pipes. I have added a bathroom downstair and repiped my old solar panel system. I can also handle simple electric.

Now my old oil boiler need to be replaced. Just wondering if I can replace it myself to save some money (thousands).

Any advice?

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You didn't mention what type of boiler system it is? Is it Hot water or steam?

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Had the occasion to give thought to doing the same thing at our last house. Wouldn't of saved a whole lot, I paid $2500 for new installation. My concern was how to get rid of the old boiler, and how to get the new one down the cellar stairs without breaking my neck. Also, I was very confident that if I did go the diy route, my neighbor was very qualified to help me with the install.
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You didn't mention what type of boiler system it is? Is it Hot water or steam?
hot water oil heating.
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Thinking it over I would say that you want to get a good professional to do the job. It's a lot more job that just a "nut and bolt" replacement. If you did it yourself you'd probably be facing months of trial and error to get the "bugs" out of the system. This is where the experience of a good pro comes in.

Also there has been a lot of advancement in hydronic heating over the last few years, They are now modcon boilers, specialized pumps, computer controls, outdoor reset etc. which can make a huge difference in the comfort and economic operation of a heating system. You need someone with design experience who can look at your present overall system and spec. out what is necessary to bring it up to date.

With a heating system, the cost of operating it is probably the biggest overall factor. Heating systems are some thing like cars. Atg this period of time is it better to buy new replacement engine for a 20 year old car or buy a new more efficiently designed car with much better gas mileage?

I'd have several pros look at your system as that will give you an idea of what needs to be done and what it will cost. Have them each consider an overall system plan. It maybe that you can upgrade it in stages, a bit this year and a bit next year, to spread out the cost.
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