Before fall & winter arrive we want to look at replacing our original radiant floor boiler.
I want to look at different types of boilers before contacting someone to come out and install it.
Does someone have any reccomendations? Energy efficiency is a main concern.
Thanks Rancho San Miguel Walnut Creek.
go with Laars-Teledyne, Takagi, or Ray-Pak. Stay away from super-high efficiency Carrier boilers are they are over priced and your home is not super-high efficient.
Also, use the site or forum search function as you will find hundreds of threads regarding this topic. As usual, consult the service pros listed on the site.
Hi, I have a high efficiency boiler and it works very well. Two years, no problems and I am very happy with my PGE bills as well as a warm home throughout the winter.
You can expect to be quite please with whatever choice you make in boilers. The newer boilers heat the house much faster and at a much lower cost than the original models. Run the numbers on the expensive, highest efficiency models. It may take too many years to justify the added expense. Extra efficiency, just like added insulation needs to pay for itself over time. My Eichler boiler was replaced twenty years ago. It worked wonders, compared to the original boiler. The newer high efficiency models are better yet.
It's not fair to categorize high efficiency boilers all the same. There are many different design theories out there. Most of these theories have been well proven in europe long before they got here. I researched very thoroughly before purchasing a Munchkin from a local contractor who also gave me the option of a Teledyne Laars for a reduced cost. The Munchkin is incredibly quite and heats the house much faster than the original boiler ever did. I have had zero problems since it was installed two years ago and I would buy it again.
I don't believe that Takagi makes a space heating boiler. The Teledyne, Super Hot ,and Ray-Pak boilers are basic by design and therefore have a good history of reliability. Just keep in mind that a boiler is only the heat source and propper instalation is most important. Make sure you hire someone competant.
hope this helps,