question about vent motor & cap replacement

Old 06-08-12, 11:03 AM
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question about vent motor & cap replacement

A posting from a non-handy beginner DIY here.....we own a home in new england, which is now rented out as we had to move to the west coast. 3 years ago we replaced the power vent motor (but they kept our existing cap) on our now 18-year old oil fueled boiler which provides hot water for house and for hot water baseboard heat.. perhaps it cost 700 or 800 dollars? After doing the annual boiler cleaning, the oil company now says the casing is so deteriorated that the whole unit needs to be replaced, which is $1200. The fact that you can replace the motor and keep the cap, but not do the reverse and just replace the rusted cap on the outside of the home is very frustrating b/c now we have to pay to replace a fully functional exhaust motor! But if there is any chance this could be safety issue we dont want to take risks, thus we will there any chance we could sell the 3 year old, functional motor they take out? would a more handy DIY buy this? ..and how do I find them? thoughts appreciated, thanks!
Old 06-10-12, 01:52 PM
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I have to assume you are talking about a power vent assembly for the old boiler. The motor is replaceable within the unit but you cannot buy the unit less motor. So two options. Replace and keep the motor as a replacement or as you stated try to sell on Ebay.

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