Oil Furnace Repair

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by Pavel314, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Pavel314

    Pavel314 Guest

    I just got an email from my wife. The repair guy from our oil company came out to do our annual tune-up on the furnace and water heater this morning. She forwarded his ovservation that "we need a new top and new baffles, and he will order it and someone will presumably get in touch with you for an estimate."

    As I recall, the baffles spread out the heat from the burner evenly over the boiler tubes. Not so sure what the "top" is. Hopefully not the tubes. Anythought on this so that I can be better prepared when they call?

    Paul
    Pavel314, Aug 14, 2013
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  2. Pavel314

    Pavel314 Guest

    On Wednesday, August 14, 2013 2:06:57 PM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
    > On 8/14/2013 1:29 PM, Pavel314 wrote:
    >
    > > I just got an email from my wife. The repair guy from our oil company came out to do our annual tune-up on the furnace and water heater this morning. She forwarded his ovservation that "we need a new top and new baffles, and he will order it and someone will presumably get in touch with you for an estimate."

    >
    > >

    >
    > > As I recall, the baffles spread out the heat from the burner evenly over the boiler tubes. Not so sure what the "top" is. Hopefully not the tubes.Any thought on this so that I can be better prepared when they call?

    >
    > >

    >
    > > Paul

    >
    > >

    >
    >
    >
    > Let me start with a nit pick. Does this heat air or water? Furnaces
    >
    > heat air, boilers heat water. Using proper terminology helps us to help
    >
    > you.
    >
    >
    >
    > If the furnace/boiler is in need of expensive parts and it more than 15
    >
    > year old, it may be best (and actually cheaper) to replace it. A couple
    >
    > of eyars aago I replace my old oill fired boiler with a new System 2000
    >
    > unit and the savings in oil are more than the cost over time.
    >
    >
    >
    > There may stillb e rebates and tax cridits available. I was able to get
    >
    > a state funded loan at 0% interest and the savings are greater than the
    >
    > $69 loan payment. What's not to like? Oil use went down 39%. I was
    >
    > hoping for 30% so it is a bonus.


    It's a boiler. After 50 years of furnaces, I tend to refer to any big appliance that heats a whole house as a "furnace." I'll have to check my recordsbut I thought that we got a new one 8-10 years ago.

    Paul
    Pavel314, Aug 14, 2013
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  3. Pavel314

    willshak Guest

    Pavel314 wrote:
    > On Wednesday, August 14, 2013 2:06:57 PM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
    >> On 8/14/2013 1:29 PM, Pavel314 wrote:
    >>
    >>> I just got an email from my wife. The repair guy from our oil company came out to do our annual tune-up on the furnace and water heater this morning. She forwarded his ovservation that "we need a new top and new baffles, and he will order it and someone will presumably get in touch with you for an estimate."
    >>> As I recall, the baffles spread out the heat from the burner evenly over the boiler tubes. Not so sure what the "top" is. Hopefully not the tubes. Any thought on this so that I can be better prepared when they call?
    >>> Paul

    >>
    >>
    >> Let me start with a nit pick. Does this heat air or water? Furnaces
    >>
    >> heat air, boilers heat water. Using proper terminology helps us to help
    >>
    >> you.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> If the furnace/boiler is in need of expensive parts and it more than 15
    >>
    >> year old, it may be best (and actually cheaper) to replace it. A couple
    >>
    >> of eyars aago I replace my old oill fired boiler with a new System 2000
    >>
    >> unit and the savings in oil are more than the cost over time.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> There may stillb e rebates and tax cridits available. I was able to get
    >>
    >> a state funded loan at 0% interest and the savings are greater than the
    >>
    >> $69 loan payment. What's not to like? Oil use went down 39%. I was
    >>
    >> hoping for 30% so it is a bonus.

    >
    > It's a boiler. After 50 years of furnaces, I tend to refer to any big appliance that heats a whole house as a "furnace." I'll have to check my records but I thought that we got a new one 8-10 years ago.
    >
    > Paul


    You can call it anything you want, even 'Fred', but if you want the
    correct answers to questions, use the correct terminology.
    Furnaces heat air.
    Boilers heat water.

    I had my 26 year old boiler replaced last year for a more efficient
    boiler. I got a Biasi B10 boiler with a Riello 40 burner,
    I went through the whole winter last year using only 300 gallons of oil.
    I usually used more than 550 gallons of oil over the winter, requiring a
    refill. I'm in the NE US.


    --
    Bill
    In Hamptonburgh, NY
    In the original Orange County. Est. 1683
    To email, remove the double zeros after @
    willshak, Aug 14, 2013
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  4. Pavel314

    RBM Guest

    On 8/14/2013 3:47 PM, willshak wrote:
    > Pavel314 wrote:
    >> On Wednesday, August 14, 2013 2:06:57 PM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
    >>> On 8/14/2013 1:29 PM, Pavel314 wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> I just got an email from my wife. The repair guy from our oil
    >>>> company came out to do our annual tune-up on the furnace and water
    >>>> heater this morning. She forwarded his ovservation that "we need a
    >>>> new top and new baffles, and he will order it and someone will
    >>>> presumably get in touch with you for an estimate."
    >>>> As I recall, the baffles spread out the heat from the burner evenly
    >>>> over the boiler tubes. Not so sure what the "top" is. Hopefully not
    >>>> the tubes. Any thought on this so that I can be better prepared
    >>>> when they call?
    >>>> Paul
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Let me start with a nit pick. Does this heat air or water? Furnaces
    >>> heat air, boilers heat water. Using proper terminology helps us to
    >>> help
    >>> you.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> If the furnace/boiler is in need of expensive parts and it more than 15
    >>> year old, it may be best (and actually cheaper) to replace it. A
    >>> couple
    >>> of eyars aago I replace my old oill fired boiler with a new System 2000
    >>> unit and the savings in oil are more than the cost over time.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> There may stillb e rebates and tax cridits available. I was able to
    >>> get
    >>> a state funded loan at 0% interest and the savings are greater than the
    >>> $69 loan payment. What's not to like? Oil use went down 39%. I was
    >>> hoping for 30% so it is a bonus.

    >>
    >> It's a boiler. After 50 years of furnaces, I tend to refer to any big
    >> appliance that heats a whole house as a "furnace." I'll have to check
    >> my records but I thought that we got a new one 8-10 years ago.
    >>
    >> Paul

    >
    > You can call it anything you want, even 'Fred', but if you want the
    > correct answers to questions, use the correct terminology.
    > Furnaces heat air.
    > Boilers heat water.
    >
    > I had my 26 year old boiler replaced last year for a more efficient
    > boiler. I got a Biasi B10 boiler with a Riello 40 burner,
    > I went through the whole winter last year using only 300 gallons of oil.
    > I usually used more than 550 gallons of oil over the winter, requiring
    > a refill. I'm in the NE US.
    >
    >

    I would also recommend replacing whatever it is with a good triple pass
    unit. The Biasi is an excellent choice as is a Buderus. I too saved
    quite alot of oil in the last two years since my replacement, but I have
    to admit, the last two years in the NE were pretty mild. We'll see how
    the oil flows if we get a real freeze.
    RBM, Aug 14, 2013
    #4

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