We live in the Chicago area and last month we had some flooding which damaged our old AO Smith boiler and 50-gallon water heater. So I have been looking around for a new boiler, possibly along with an indirect water heater.
I was told by a friend that Weil-McLain makes a good product. I have had a couple estimates from contractors, but so far I have not decided which way to go. One of the contractors recommended a Burnham unit, saying that Burnham and Weil-McLain boilers are very similar because the parts are made by the same manufacturers, but that Burnham was a bit less expensive. The contractors I have talked to have been selling a particular product and as a result I am not sure if I am getting unbiased advice. Based on the recommendations I have received, I am looking at either at a Weil-McLain CGA-4 or aBurnham 204H or 205H gas fired boiler.
I am also considering an indirect water heater. I have been told that an indirect water heater is more efficient than a separate water heater, but I am not sure about the reliability.
Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.