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Question DetailsAsked on 4/27/2018

What is the best conventional gas boiler

I am converting a System 1000 oil fired boiler to an conventional LPG boiler. The application is a summer residence that is heated to 50 deg over the winter. I do not want to install a high efficiency condensing boiler due to the initial costs and continuing maintenance costs. I currently spend about $1200 on fuel each year and want to install a highly reliable non-condensing boiler. What is the most reliable boiler

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Some of the most popular commonly available nationwide brands with decent reviews and ratings include American Boiler, AO Smith, Weil McLain, and Bryant Carrier.


My personal favorites, though not the most common and some are only regionally available in-stock, include Peerless (my boiler of choice - their cast iron boilers commonly go 100 years and controls are very simple and reliable), Superior Boiler, Precision Boiler, and PVI.

Answered 6 months ago by LCD

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One other thing - have you checked with your HVAC contractor if there is a gas conversion kit for that unit ? Many do have them available for a couple to few hundred $, plus similar $ for the labor to install it - not including the oil system and tank removal and LPG tank/tubing installation, but you have to do that regardless of whether converting to gas or buyhing a new gas boiler and water heater. Could be a LOT cheaper than a new unit if your boiler is otherwise OK. Usually not worth it to convert water heater - unless a quite new water heater (even if convertible, many are not) generally better to just get a new water heater for gas - or maybe run gas plumbing to it but keep it on fuel oil till it dies, then remove the fuel oil system and tank at that time.


Also - since this is an unoccupied building much of the time, depending of course on whether it has phone line to it or nearbyu WiFi connection, consider a power loss / low temperature remote alarm - some also have a water sensor to put near boiler/water heater to detect leaks there. From about $50-100 if you have local WiFi or hardwire phone line, more in the $100-300 range for fancier ones or if has to use cell phone connection.

Answered 6 months ago by LCD




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