Replace Thermostat (Oil to Gas Conversion)

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Old 10-17-13, 02:23 PM
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Replace Thermostat (Oil to Gas Conversion)

We are converting out heating from Oil to Gas to take advantage of the Rebate incentives. The boiler being installed is the Burnham Independence KIN5LNI-LE2.

At the same time, we want out contractor to change out the thermostat to a 7-day programmable thermostat so that we can take advantage of the thermostat rebate as well.

How do I know what type of thermostat to get? Whether LineVolt or LowVolt, etc.
Also, what is the general consensus on which brand and model to use. We currently have the Honeywell rotary non-programmable one.

Thanks in advance for the input.

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Old 10-17-13, 03:54 PM
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If you trust your contractor to install a new boiler system, trust them to install a suitable thermostat as well.


Installing a new boiler requires about 1,000 times as must skill and judgement as replacing the thermostat. Why quibble?

Of course the contractor should interview you to get an idea of what functions you might be interested to have in a thermostat, and will likely offer you a choice among one or more suitable choices.
 
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Old 10-18-13, 12:37 PM
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I understand what you're saying. However, I would like to educate myself because I simply don't just want to "trust" anyone. I have no choice but to trust them for their boiler replacement expertise because it's their job and they are well reputed.
With respect to the thermostat, I want to educate myself. They will, no doubt, install a thermostat that is suitable for the install. I have asked them to install a programmable thermostat. They have, however, asked me if I have a particular preference with the thermostat brand and models. That being said, I posted here asking for advice.

Please don't take it in the wrong way, but your response simply said to me "Don't bother about it and let them do their work." I am letting them do their job and no matter what, they will try to cut corners and it is my job to babysit the install in as many aspects as I can. I will never want to learn the trade of installing the boiler because I have better things to do. I do, however, want to know about the thermostat because I may want to have one installed which may later be used to program more than just the heating system (for example central air).
So I hope this does clear things up as to WHY I wanted to know.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-18-13, 06:35 PM
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I went on the Burnham site and found this boiler is a discontinued model. I don't know why or if it makes a difference to you. Generally Co. won't discontinue a model no. unless there's trouble with it or they are going to do an upgrade. You might want to ask your contractor about this. As far as t-stats go Honeywell is a good brand have models for every install. You mentioned possible AC later. Good point. They make heat only or heat and AC. You can get the combo instead of buying a new one later. honey well for Edward thinking.com is a site you may want to take a look at. You are right to keep an eye on the install process and do not be afraid to ask questions. I don't know what options they offered you but you can now get an automatic feed for steam in case you weren't aware. No more constantly filling manually. T-stat is 24v.
 
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Old 10-19-13, 11:31 AM
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I think you are mistaken about the "discontinued" part. The boiler is available through National Grid (our Gas provider). They wouldn't sell a boiler that would be discontinued the same year. I looked through their Visa Card incentives for Oct 1 - Dec 31 2013 and it is there.
According to the burnham website (U.S. Boiler website actuallY), this is part of the Independence Series of Boilers (which is the only series that supports Steam/Water systems, ours is steam). We are getting the IN5 (5 section boiler), the KIN5 or SIN5 at the beginning of the model determines whether it comes fully assembled or if it needs assembly.
Here is the info: U.S. Boiler Company is a leading manufacturer of home heating equipment, water boilers, steam boilers, hot water heaters, radiators and boiler control systems.

I still didn't get anything you said about the T-stat being 24v. I'm just a noob here. More like a sponge waiting to absorb anything valuable coming my way.

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Old 10-19-13, 12:35 PM
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Google. KIN5LNI-LE2. from your options click on Burnham Independence IN5. It should bring you to ecomfort site with phone number if you want more info. You mentioned about t-stats being line or low voltage. The t-stat for this unit would be low voltage.
 

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Old 10-21-13, 10:34 PM
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I verified with U.S. Boilers representative. The Burnham Independence series makes Water and Steam boilers and they are phasing out the "Water" boiler series. Phasing out the "Steam" boiler doesn't make any sense because it is the ONLY series that supports a heating system. I wouldn't simply look at ecomfort.com and jump the gun. It only tells half the story.
With regards to the Thermostat compatibility, how were you able to determine that it uses a LowVoltage instead of LineVoltage.

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That boiler has a 24V control circuit. T-stat, pressuretrol, LWCO, automatic feed valve(optional), gas valve are all 24V.
 
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