Hello Folks! I just bought a new house with a not so new oil fired boiler / radiator water heating system.
Its a 2200 sq ft house thats about 20 years old. Its in Connecticut so the winter isnt that bad. Not like Vermont or anything. The boiler is original and is a Slantfin. It has a thankless water heater coil thingamabob and it has three heating zones.
My issues with this beast are many and its not even cold out yet!
Can someone tell me what they think would be the best plan of action for this beast? Should I replace it or is it worth fixing up? It looks to be in decent shape. How long do these things last? What about the watter heater, is it probably on its last legs? I would hate to dump money into this to find I need a new one in two years anyways. Would a new one be more efficient and perhaps quieter? Could I add on one of those stainless steel water tanks and toss the tankless coil?
Anyhow, here is my list of problems that I have noticed. (I wish people would maintain these things).
1: The pressure relief valve is dripping. Not a lot but enough to have caused mould up the wall in front of the boiler. I put a bucket in front and get about two quarts a day out of it. The Boiler pressure is 15 psi and temp seems to hover around 200.
2: There is no thermostatic mixer valve on it and as a result my shave in the morning is fairly luxurious. Nothing like some 200 degree water in the basin for that spa effect. However, I dont want to know what happens to laundry exposed to this.
3: Some of the radiators make a LOT of ticking noises.. Like a frigging machine gun only quieter).. tick tick tick tick pop! This goes on about ten minutes then the cool down cycle then ... it can drive one nuts if you are trying to sleep.
4: One of the zone valves leaks when it comes on. Not much but enough to make the floor wet underneath.
5: The oil pump.. Man! When it kicks on the lights dim and it is noisy. Almost as noisy as an older forced air furnace.
6: Relay Chatter - Once in a while, when the oil pump is coming on, you can hear a relay chatter a bit before it closes and you hear the oil pump fire up. Not sure what that might be.
7: Once in a while, the pump seems to come on for like 2 seconds and then go off. Then about two minutes later it will come on and run the water temperature up and shut off normally.
[Edited by chocfull-o-nuts on 10-31-2005 at 03:39 PM]