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CONVERT TO GAS FIRED BOILER IN BALTIMORE (7 Posts)
CONVERT TO GAS FIRED BOILER IN BALTIMOREGreetings,
I am looking at a 1068ft2 row house on Chesterfield Ave in Baltimore to purchase for a rental property. I plan on holding the property long term. There is a very old oil fired steam heating system boiler and a newer gas fired water heater. I want to get rid of the oil and use natural gas for the fuel source. I work in a power plant with boilers but know nothing about steam heating for residential use. There is a head tank in a second floor closet and the sight glass is half full. I assume this means the boiler doesn't leak. I realize that I will have to get a tech to look at it to see if a gas burner can be retrofitted to it.
I am looking for reasons to keep it or replace the boiler:
1,The first is safety, after testing/replacing all the safety devices would you be comfortable with it in your basement?
2.Fuel efficiency of an old boiler against a new boiler. I want the tenant to have money left to pay me after they pay the gas and electric bill.
3.Maintenance nightmares for my property manager when the tenant calls at 2 am with no heat.
4.Maintenance costs associated with upgrading the burner and controls and keeping old equipment running verses installing a new boiler.
Thank you for your input,
BoilerIf there is an expansion tank with a sight glass, then you have an old gravity hot water system, not steam.
The best thing you can do is call Steamhead. He works out of the Blatimore are.
http://www.heatinghelp.com/professional/79/All-Steamed-Up-Inc- Joe Starosielec
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Contact SteamheadHi- I agree with JStar, in the Baltimore area for a expert on these old systems, Frank "Steamhead" Wilsey, Phone: 410-321-8116, is the person you want to contact. He's listed in the "Find a Contractor" section of this website. He does a lot of oil to gas conversions and boiler installations
Edit: Sorry about that- Phone number corrected.This post was edited by an admin on June 25, 2013 1:04 PM.
Thanks, allTom, that number is 410-321-8116. We'll be in the office later this afternoon, leave a message if we're not there and we'll get right back to you."Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
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SteamheadNo question about it. Go with steamhead. You are one lucky man!
SteamI would tend to agree with Jstar that you probably an old gravity hot water system. One of the most intriguing systems out there. I have a customer who told me that when they first moved into their house, two plumbers spent a full 90 minutes arguing about whether the system was steam or hot water. Turns out it was a gravity system. Not many people understand gravity systems very well so do yourself a very big favor and hire steamhead.
thanks for your helpFrank,
I will give you a call for an estimate if the oner and I can make a deal.