So here's the scoop-I have a Weil-McClain natural gas boiler that has gone down in the last week. The company that has been servicing it for the last few years says that the boiler is about 26 years old, and first stated they could fix it by installing a new motor in the CO venting system. $850 later, they state that boiler is beyond repair, and needs to be replaced. Flash forward a few days later, getting estimates for replacement from multiple sources, including the contractor that has serviced it. A different sales/contractor comes in today and states that my tech is "****ty," that the boiler is 19 years old with a manufacture date of 1994 (and shows me the sticker on the side of the boiler in a very awkward place to demonstrate it), and states that the boiler should only need some minor repairs and can't fathom how I spent $850 a few days ago and don't have a working boiler. He actually left without even giving me an estimate, and stated "call a tech from my company, call a tech from another company, but get another tech out here before spending $5K to replace it."
Now I find myself having no clue who to trust. I'm a handy guy (carpentry, drywall, minor plumbing & electric, etc.) and do 85% of the work around my house myself-but on this, I'm completely ignorant. According to one guy the boiler is 26 years old and shot, according to another, its 19 years old and should easily run for another 10-15 years?
ANY ADVICE would be greatly appreciated.