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04:46AM | 10/14/02
Member Since: 07/21/02
48 lifetime posts
When we fired up the boiler this fall it was blowing the exhaust gasses out into the room (basement) and was setting off the carbon monoxide detector on the second floor. Since this was a "home warranty" situation we just moved in in April, I had to call the warranty co. and got one of their contractors to come out (a plumbing contractor that is licensed for boiler work). $85 later he says the heat exchanger is hopelessly clogged and not worth cleaning and recommends a new unit (which the home warranty will not cover since it is a maintenance problem and not a break down). He said I was looking at something like $3 - 4,000.

I looked into the top of the unit while it was running and you really can't see down into it for all the gunk on the exchanger. You can barely see the fire down in there. It is very clogged as he said. But, I don't buy that it can't be cleaned. The unit is pretty old and may date to when the house was built (1947?), the burner unit was supposedly replaced within the last 5 - 8 years.

Anyone with some experience like to comment??? What would be a reasonable price to have it cleaned or is it something I can do? Anything down in there I could mess up? I know it will need replaced soon but didn't want to have to do it this year as we just spend a small fortune on other things for the place (it's a small farm). I do have another contractor coming out to look at it early this week, the one that put in our A/C and ductwork. Thanks for any advice!

Bill OH


06:10AM | 10/14/02
Member Since: 07/21/02
48 lifetime posts
You are clairvoyant! They were in serious financial trouble and that is the reason they had to sell the place. It's pretty obvious they did no maintenance to the unit. I got a call back from the first guy since my post and he said $3,500 - 3,700 to replace it. He also indicated that according to the mfg. (who he called about finding an equivalent unit) the current unit is only about 10 years old. It looks much older, probably since they didn't take care of it. Thanks!


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