Electronic ignition vs standing pilot

Old 08-31-08, 09:05 PM
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Electronic ignition vs standing pilot

My old boiler had a standing pilot. I realize that an intermittent ignition saves energy, but is it really cheaper in the long run? I know that the igniter on my oven needs to be replaced every 4 years or so and it is pretty expensive. How often does the igniter on a boiler last typically, and what is the replacement cost? Also, if the igniter fails at an inconvenient time does that mean you are gong to be without heat? Is there any downside to turning off the standing pilot when the heating season is over? Sorry for all the questions and thanks for the input.
Old 09-01-08, 10:46 AM
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Its is more cost effective with electonic ignition, but how much not really sure. If it goes down during heating season it really isnt any different than if pilot goes out do to thermolcouple failure or pilot generator failer. Something will need to be done regardless. May be more expensive to fix. Also it would probrably be spark ignition if its installed on existing boiler so you will more than likely be looking and new gas valve pilot assembly and spark box or ignition control. Also turning boiler off during summer is a tough one, i mean you save on gas, but the moisture depending on basement may build up in block.

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