I've not found reviews for oil boilers on the web (plenty for furnaces!) and I have several questions before making a decision for a replacement for my home. I'd appreciate any help you would like to offer. (and if anyone could point me to reviews...)
My oil company recommends a Weil-Mclain (WTGO-3) cast iron boiler saying that cast iron lasts longer, that brand has few repairs, and it is more efficient than steel as water circulates around the whole core. I have a local plumbing company recommending a steel boiler (New Yorker FR98/122 in particular), saying these are more relliable and cast iron is no longer necessary.
The oil company tells me that oil boilers higher than about 85% efficiency are available, but they are not as reliable (need more repair). I am looking for the most efficient as well as most reliable system, even if initial price is slightly higher. Help!
Meanwhile, I have a brochure saying something called a System 2000 is truly more efficient than other oil boilers and that you can't go by afue ratings to determine true efficiency anyway. Comments?
As there are just 2 of us living here (about 2,200 sq ft in 3 zones and we conserve very well) and we don't place high demand on water heating, I was going to go with a direct hot water (tankless) coil rather than indirect or separate hot water heater. Thoughts on that?