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Old 01-30-2009, 09:15 PM   #1
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Hi, Purchased a 2000sqft house with 10 radiators. The house originally had a 150,000 Btu boiler. I recent allowed the contractor who renovated the house to have a new boiler installed the guy changed the boiler to a 95000 BTU boiler. I have not rented out the house yet and the Thermostat has been set constantly on 51 degrees the bill at that house is $500.00 for this month ONLY for 22 . For only 10 days last month the bill was $200.00 for gas service.. Does any one have any ideas of Why this bill is sooooo high??? Is the boiler to small and being over worked? The Gas man has checked there are no leaks.
I have myself since had 3 Plumbers check the house they Estimate the boiler size at 105,000-125,000 Btu’s. What should I do?? How should I approach this situation. Please help!
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:42 PM   #2
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I don't know how to size a boiler, but I am heating just over 1500 sq ft with a 100,000 btu boiler with an air handler and heat 80 gal water tank.
I would say you are a little on the small size. It also depends on the construction of the home such as the amount of insulation.
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I think the boiler might be on the small side as well . Hope a plumber can tell me something concrete. I just had new windows and insulation put in the house. Thanks for your help. I am Very slow regarding this plumbing stuff. I admit, I know nothing as sergeant Schultz, would say.
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:52 PM   #4
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Thanks for your help. I am a plumbing dummy!
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:48 AM   #5
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It could be that the new boiler is more efficient than the old one.

I would phone around to the major heating and plumbing wholesalers in your area to find out who handles the kind of boiler you had installed. Once you find that wholesaler, ask to speak to one of the "heating specialists" in that company's heating department. That guy won't be a plumber. He won't even be a heating contractor. He'll just be a guy who worked his way up from the sales counter so that he's been sent on courses to train him on how to size boilers and furnaces for new buildings or additions to existing buildings.

He'd be able to tell you whether the new boiler is undersized.

Also, spend some time watching the new boiler as it works. The contractor who installed it may not have known how to wire it properly or how the boiler control actually works. That happens a lot.
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:41 PM   #6
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That was very sound advice. I thought of calling the boiler maufacturer on Monday, but I did not think of calling the boiler specialist at the supply house. I acctually know of one supplier that carries the exact boiler because I saw them there when I went to pick up some radiator keys. Thanks

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It could be that the new boiler is more efficient than the old one.

I would phone around to the major heating and plumbing wholesalers in your area to find out who handles the kind of boiler you had installed. Once you find that wholesaler, ask to speak to one of the "heating specialists" in that company's heating department. That guy won't be a plumber. He won't even be a heating contractor. He'll just be a guy who worked his way up from the sales counter so that he's been sent on courses to train him on how to size boilers and furnaces for new buildings or additions to existing buildings.

He'd be able to tell you whether the new boiler is undersized.

Also, spend some time watching the new boiler as it works. The contractor who installed it may not have known how to wire it properly or how the boiler control actually works. That happens a lot.
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:51 PM   #7
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To do it the right way you need to make a sketch of your house showing the windows and any other info like wall size,insulation r value and give it to a plumbing supply hose and they can do a heat loss and size the boiler and how much base boardyou need
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:07 PM   #8
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dude, my impression is that you're simply dealing with the reality of heating your place in extremely cold northeast temps lately.
$500 a month is totally reasonable - even cheap.

a tank of oil, at today's low prices, runs me almost $700. i'm going through about a tank a month keeping my place at 50.

maybe you're undersized. but it sounds like "normal" cost.
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