40 Year Old Boiler---Repair or Replace?


Old 10-10-06, 07:36 PM
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40 Year Old Boiler---Repair or Replace?

Our boiler is 40+ years old and is having pretty big problems....it is worth paying to have small repairs done, or should the whole thing be replaced?

--Bryant model 234-4PW (can't find any reference on Bryant or Google...not a good sign)
--Just has recirculator pump replaced (frozen up).
--Now, weird thermostat problems: burner stays on until room temp reaches thermostat setting. Seems that internal thermostat is inop...water temp went to 220 (internal thermostat set to 180) and it sounded like it was boiling inside the pipes.
--No heat on upper floor (system bled twice by tech)

Any feedback on what conditions forces Home Protection Plan to cover replacement? We just bought the house two months ago, and as part of settlement, the sellers bought a two year policy from HMS, as our inspector noted that the boiler and AC were well past their prime (both original equipement...1965). The insurance is covering the pump and thermostat with no issues.
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Old 10-10-06, 07:59 PM
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Sounds like you are a candidate for a new boiler. Can't comment on the insurance aspect, but find an installer who knows how to size a new boiler to your home's heat loss (do the calculations or have one done -- a good installer can do one pretty quickly), pick out some decent equipment, and get 'er done.

Boiler technology and efficiency has come a long way since 1965.

Post back for help/opinions or search around here as you progress. There's a bunch of threads on heat loss, equipment options, etc.
Old 10-10-06, 08:09 PM
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Home warranty

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but getting a home warranty company to replace a piece of equipment is next to impossible. Do your homework, save all you can & figure on having to pay for the replacement yourself.

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