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8 Apr 2014

Used boilers – how can you trust what you’re buying?

Used boilers – how can you trust what you’re buying?

Author: Steve Slatton  /  Categories: Boilers & Equipment  / 

A used boiler can provide a long service life & be a very cost-effective steam plant decision. But how do you know exactly what you’re buying? Much like a used car with mileage, physical condition, wear and tear, maintenance history, etc. to consider, you have to align what criteria is most important to you with the actual state of the boiler you’re interested in buying for the price being asked.

Here are the top 5 things to look for when considering a used boiler purchase:
 

  1. Design: watertube vs. firetube, wetback vs. dryback, 3-pass vs. 4-pass. Each style has its advantages and disadvantages depending on your process.
     
  2. Age: as with anything used or refurbished, it is best to make sure the boiler and all of its components are up to date and that spare parts are available if needed.
     
  3. Emissions: do local authorities or the Federal Government have regulations that set the limits of what the boiler stack can emit? Does the boiler in consideration meet them?
     
  4. Size: is the boiler sized properly for the current load with a little room for expansion?
     
  5. Codes: does the boiler meet all the federal and local codes?

It is a smart decision to buy used boiler equipment from a reputable boiler sales & service company that can properly assess and prepare a used boiler for resale. Depending on the circumstances, they may provide a limited warranty to give you additional piece of mind. And knowing these five critical details, you can have greater confidence in your purchase and save money in the long run.

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Marie Watson

6/6/2016 8:11 PM

Steve, thanks for suggesting some things to look for when buying a used boiler. You make a good point about how it can be beneficial to purchase a used boiler as long as the seller has properly refurbished it. I like that you mention making sure the boiler meets the emissions requirements. I didn't realize that local governments have a limit to the emissions of boiler stacks. It seems like it is very important to make sure your boiler meets all of the proper requirements to run efficiently in your home.


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