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06-30-2006, 12:38 PM
I need professional help (no comments, please!).
I have the opportunity to purchase a New Yorker Residential Steam Boiler for a good price. It is from the CGS-A series, model number CGS 50 ANC-ME2 (http://www.newyorkerboiler.com/cgsratings.cfm). It would replacing a much older boiler.
My question is: would the New Yorker listed above be suitable for a 2000 square-foot home? I couldn't find a rating on the New Yorker website that I could understand.
If it matters, it is an American Four-Square style, two-story house.
Thanks in advance-
PS- I do not know the heat-loss.
06-30-2006, 12:47 PM
Steam boilers are sized by the number and size of radiators connected to them, not by the heat load of the structure.
This is not a do-it-yourself project. Have a professional examine your existing system and recommend a replacement.
Trying to save a couple bucks now could cost you a lot more later.
06-30-2006, 12:55 PM
I certainly would not be installing this myself! I was just trying to decide if I should pursue the deal on the boiler. If it takes a professional to visit my house to be able to determine if the boiler would be a match, so be it.
If it helps, the house currently has 7 radiators. 2 very large ones, one each in the living room and dining room. and 5 "normal-sized" in the other rooms. I'm not sure about number of fins, etc.
[Edited by bstine on 06-30-2006 at 01:00 PM]
06-30-2006, 04:02 PM
Do you currently have a steam or hot water system? If so then you must have an existing boiler. If your current heating system kept you comfortable last winter and ran almost constantly on the very coldest nights, then your current boiler is sized correctly. Go look at the existing boiler and see how many BTU/hr it provides and compare that with the boiler you want to purchase.
06-30-2006, 05:30 PM
You need a pro to check your rads.
If you undersize a steam boiler, you will end up with no heat.
06-30-2006, 09:24 PM
Your boiler needs to be sized based on the sq. feet of steam needed. Also you need to find out if any radiators may have been removed over the years. If some have been removed you will still have to size the boiler to meet that requirement due to your main steam pipe sizing. Make sure you hire a contractor who understands steam boilers.
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