Should I replace 22 year old Ultimate oil boiler with EK System 2000?

Old 07-28-10, 07:02 PM
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Should I replace 22 year old Ultimate oil boiler with EK System 2000?

I have a 22 year old "Ulitmate" oil boiler (tankless hot water heating coil). The service technician who does the annual cleaning says it is in good condition and burns at 86-87% effciency. He also says I should replace my 22 year old oil tank soon. I am wondering if it is worthwhile to update my oil boiler when I replace the oil tank. I've read on this forum and elsewhere a number of good things about Energy Kinetics System 2000, but I don't know if it would save me enough oil to justify the cost (the System 2000 is rather expensive). Lots of folks who replace 40-50 year old boilers report getting great savings, but I can't find much about boilers like mine. I sure would appreciate any advice anyone can offer.
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Dont know much about that boiler, but if its a cast iron boiler and is well maintained I would be hard pressed to change it.

A suggestion would be to update the control system and pipework if required to add outdoor reset, perhaps a system with indoor feedback.

ODR will pay back very quickly for you if its not there now and set up correctly.
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Boiler replacement

ODR saves about 6% with an old conventional boiler, less with a newer, lower mass boiler. System 2000 will save considerably more than that and doesn't need ODR to do it. The AFUE is the same as most new boilers being installed but the system efficiency is considerably higher beating out even a mod/con.

Their website shows quite a few case studies of typical residences and there's also a blurb about the Coast Guard program that has been replacing boilers less than 10 years old and saving beaucoup bucks. It sounds like it might just be hype but for the fact that it's been verified by Brookhaven National Labs.
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About how much per year do you spend for fuel oil?
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Just to add another consideration. It is often best to improve the insulation and other energy efficiency measures before you replace your heating system. The savings from there improvements are permanent and allow you to purchase a smaller heating system. Actually, in some cases, the one you have may still be cost effective once you reduce your total use.


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