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Aggravating_Foot_528 t1_jcg9q7f wrote

may be worth finding a reputable company to proactively replace it anyway. You probably will recoup the replacement cost given the much better efficiency and not have to worry about it crapping out again in the winter.


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enemy_of_your_enema t1_jcgchev wrote

Not throwing out a boiler that still works is a good move, but when you are ready to upgrade, there are a lot of incentives now for replacing gas appliances with electric ones. Rewiring America has a good calculator to see what you're eligible for.


Aggravating_Foot_528 t1_jcgbpcw wrote

yeah, gotta balance everything else that needs to be done.

I do love our new system. So much more efficient, very quiet. no muss, no fuss, but if there are other things more pressing, gotta do those.

I do bet you could get a few more years out of the current setup though.

If you do keep it for a few more years may be worth having a HVAC company come out to clean it out/check it every fall. That service isn't too much $.


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Flaky-Roll-4900 t1_jcgwtv3 wrote

If my furnace turns on right around when I'm hopping in bed, I never make it through the cycle of it running. Lights out baby, every time.


terwoo t1_jch4f2r wrote

if you just moved in you might have a home warranty, we had ours when we bought our house and saved a bunch of money from it. I pay for it now because it's nice knowing we won't get a multiple thousand dollar bill for something like the AC or furnace (last summer the AC went out and was replaced under warranty).


AnewENTity t1_jcgdiop wrote

This might not be the whole story.

Modern “high efficiency” boilers are only 10% or so more efficient and they have much higher failure rates. I actually researched it and I’ve talked to some clients of mine who run HVAC companies and they are not super thrilled with most of the units either.

Depending on how good the insulation is in Op’s house that might actually be a better use for that money. Op was able to get the unit PM’d by an expert so I don’t think they need to run and replace it

For reference I have a late 70’s or early 80’s Dunkirk that runs like a top and I was told to hold on to it as long as I can.


Aggravating_Foot_528 t1_jcgf1xw wrote

Agreed Insulation is probably the single best investment you can make in a house. Will certainly extend the life of your HVAC and make it much more efficient compared to pre insulation.

Wondering if the fault point for the newer equipment are the electronics?


AnewENTity t1_jcgj5uj wrote

Maybe, but those can often be replaced. I think the metal and the unit overall design is just much cheaper now a days. The whole they don’t build them like they used to thing.

My own aqua stat box (water thermostat) died but I was able to have it replaced for about $350 all together. That was actually when I had the long convo with the HVAC tech (who was my client for other work) and he told me to keep this as long as I can cause they see a lot of issues with the newer ones and the life span is around 10-15 years only depending on the model.


machinegunke11y t1_jch78l3 wrote

This. I was scrolling to see if anyone else brought this up. High efficiency is a catchy name, and they are highly efficient but doesn't educate on where you are to begin with. Heating water and pumping it around a house is tried and true.


AnewENTity t1_jchge51 wrote

Yep and it’s already leagues above a forced air system. Radiators stay hot for hours


beans5189 t1_jcgtrxa wrote

On the contrary all my buddies in the industry express how fortunate it is to have an older furnace. A lot less moving parts and harder to breakdown. The newer ones have a lot of extras that fail often


thunderGunXprezz t1_jch3qm3 wrote

I would also make it a point to contact those who run their ads. If any of them start dropping them maybe that will influence some change, or at the very least save others from getting screwed by them.