My house is 3 bedroom 1.5 story built in appoximately 1948. It has an original ARCO Ideal Cast Iron Water Boiler supplying hydronic radiator heat. The current Mectron 5M oil burner was installed prior to 1995 and has been operating without problems, with regular maintenance since that time.
Last year work was completed to update the venting which included the installation of a stainless steel chimney liner with appropriate flashing and capping.
What a lovely Beast!
This year I have been informed that my oil tank had to be inspected before any further deliveries would be made. On inspection the tank was found to be weeping with 'No Immediate Hazzard' and I have 90 days in which to correct the situation before fuel delivery will continue.
So far the options given to me by my current fuel oil supplier are:
Replace the oil tank ($)
Replace the oil boiler ($)
Replace the oil boiler with a gas boiler ($)
One option that they failed to mention was replacing the oil burner with a gas burner. Gas is already being supplied to the house for cooking, and the chimney liner was installed last year.
Technical personnel in the engineering department of Riello have confirmed that replacing the Riello Mectron 5M oil burner with a current Riello 40 Series Gas Burner is possible. As the boiler has previously been updated to burn oil, a simple replacement fuel option seems possible.
Where do I find a licensed contractor to do this work. I've talked to a couple. One said it is not something that their company would do. Another said it couldn't be done because their isn't a gas burner that would work. He also said he's never heard of a Mectron 5M. Puzzling!
Comments would be appreciated.