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Boiler Installation Cost Factors

The cost of installing a boiler will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your contractor.

This key will serve as your guide:
$0 = No additional cost
$ = Standard cost
$$ = Additional cost

What type of boiler do I need?

$ - When a floor standing boiler is installed.

$$ - When a wall-mounted boiler is installed.

$$$ - When a combi boiler is installed (A combi boiler serves as a heating unit and a hot water heater).

What size boiler do I need?

$ - For a 50,000 BTU boiler

$$ - For a 100,000 BTU boiler

$$$ - For a 150,000 BTU boiler

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What fuel source will the boiler run on?

$ - Electric boiler

$$ - Gas boiler

$$ - Oil boiler

$$ - Propane boiler

What type of efficiency do I need?

$ - For a low efficiency boiler (AFUE under 80%). Can be found in old homes and on the secondary market. Low efficiency boilers do not meet the Department of Energy's minimum standards.

$$ - For a mid-efficiency boiler (AFUE between 80-85%)

$$$ - For a high-efficiency boiler (AFUE above 90%)

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Am I converting the fuel source?

$ - When a gas boiler is replaced with a gas boiler.

$$ - When an oil-powered boiler is replaced with a gas boiler (This may require the installation of a new gas line and the removal of the existing oil tank).

Do I need a condensing boiler?

$ - When a non-condensing boiler is installed.

$$ - When a condensing boiler is installed (Condensing boilers are more energy efficient).

Do any additional pipes, baseboard heaters, or radiators need to be installed?

$ - When only the boiler is replaced.

$$$ - When pipes, radiators, or baseboard heaters are installed in addition to the boiler.

Does a new chimney liner need to be installed?

$ - When the chimney liner does not need to be replaced.

$$ - When the chimney liner is replaced (Sometimes the installation of a high-efficiency boiler requires a new chimney liner).

Ask the Pro:

1. Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?

2. What type of boiler do you recommend?

3. Will you ensure that the rest of the heating system is up to code?

4. How many of these boilers have you installed in the last 12 months?

5. Do you have any references?

6. How long do you expect the installation of the boiler to take?

7. How efficient is this boiler?

8. How much will this boiler cost to operate?

9. What type of maintenance does this boiler require?

10. Is cleanup included in the cost estimate?

11. Is the removal and disposal of the existing boiler included in the cost of installation?

12. Are the permit inspection fees included in the quote?

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