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Old 11-29-2010, 05:05 PM   #31
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Oh, if I get a new boiler, it'll be a 93% gas, not oil. I already have gas run to the side of the house.

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Old 11-29-2010, 05:05 PM   #32
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There is either a part, or a setting that isn't right on your oil burner. its not the boiler itself.

You need a good oil tech.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:22 PM   #33
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I wonder how a person can figure out the ACTUAL cost difference to burn oil vs gas in a boiler. Doesn't oil have a higher thermal value. Guess it would depend on the efficiency of the burner and design of the boiler. I would investigate the price of a new burner. Then again it has to be setup properly and if his techs are not so good that may not work too well either. My plumbers prefer and sell a lot of the 80-85% Weil McLains. Condensing boilers have to get the system flushed PERFECTLY or they get pumps cavitating and popcorn noises in the boiler/pipes if there is any residue/cutting oil or other coatings in the system as they run a LOT hotter than the mid efficiency units. LOTS to think about.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:32 PM   #34
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For cost comparison. You simply convert all the fuels to therms of heat. And then compare the cost per therm.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:48 PM   #35
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Depending on how much gas costs per therm. oil may not be that much more expensive. A new burner should go for at least 5 yrs with no problems. May have a bad oil pump with a bad gear piling up intermittently. If the oil tank is buried outside I would go gas and eliminate that problem before it happens (leaks) EPA issues.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:54 PM   #36
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Could be the burner motor has a dead spot in the start winding. With a dead spot in the start winding. they won't trip their thermal over load. And they usually move off the dead stop when the safety trips. So it starts fine when you push the reset button.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:56 PM   #37
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The new burner sounds better all the time. 5 yrs smooth sailing other than a new nozzle each yr.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:48 PM   #38
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Any ballpark on how much a new burner would cost?
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:28 PM   #39
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Varies too much from area to area. And which burner you get.

But its a whole lot less then a new boiler with a new burner.
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:24 PM   #40
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I am leaning towards a new gas boiler. I really do not want to put any more money into this thing.

The HVAC contractor I want to use is suggesting a Triangle Tube Prestige 95% boiler. It's the same price as the Weil-McLain. Any thoughts on this brand?
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:29 PM   #41
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I like Weil Mclain Ultra.

TT's ok.

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