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BV005264

04:32PM | 08/07/14
Bvhvac
I'm wanting to purchase a house that has radiators and an old gas boiler that is 60 years old and needs replacing. The house has two central a/c units (one on each floor) but I actually like radiator/steam heat. Do they still make gas boilers? I can't decide whether to switch out the a/c units ( they are old too) and put in heating/cooling units and have those radiators sitting there doing nothing or replace the boiler. I have a rental house also with 7 apts and I find that boiler very efficient b/c each tenant adjusts the radiators if they are too hot. I've forgotten my question...oh, to rip everything out and start over or get a new gas boiler...any suggestions appreciated! thx. Mary

BV000193

06:22AM | 08/08/14
I would keep the boiler system.

BV005264

02:00PM | 08/08/14
Thank you so much for your advice. I'm leaning towards that but it amazes me that if I ask 100 people, I get 100 different responses, even from professionals in the business. thanks

LarryG

05:52PM | 08/08/14
Member Since: 07/22/04
530 lifetime posts
It's a matter of personal preference. I grew up in a house that had the one pipe steam,and that's what I have now in this home. No filters to change,no fan motor to burn out.

Sylvan

08:11PM | 08/08/14
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Me_office1
hot water heating is tops with cast iron radiators or CI base board

Steam is my second choice ONE pipe steam systems is the way to go

They work are cheap to install and very easy to maintain as Larry stated plus steam systems give Mistress into the air so your not getting the scored air cough with hot air systems that STINK

BV005264

10:41AM | 08/12/14
Thank you for your replies. I agree with your one pipe steam suggestions but unfortunately, not only is the boiler DEAD but I just found out the two central a/c units are dead or dying. Due to finances, I'm going to replace the downstairs unit with a gas ac/heat pack and an electric ac/heat pack upstairs. Duct work is already there so it's less than 10k. I knew this house was a great price but I didn't know I was buying a fixer upper! Sellers worked with me. thanks again. Mary

Sylvan

08:44PM | 08/25/14
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Good luck Mary, have any questions feel free to ask
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