Crack in combustion chamber

pete4February 5, 2009

My oil fired boiler has a 1/2 inch crack in the rear corner. About a year ago when I had it cleaned, the tech said to keep an eye on it. He said if the outside covering of the boiler starts to discolor due to heat, that I would need to replace it. The boiler is 15 years old and runs fine otherwise. Can the combustion chamber be replaced or does the whole unit need to be replaced? The house is 2800 sq. Any suggestions for brands if replacement is necessary? Thanks!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Depending upon the brand, chambers are certainly replaceable. If you have a soft chamber, they usually have cracks, but if the break is near the top of the chamber, it is possible to burn through the base or ruin the upper part of the boiler.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2009 at 7:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Call the manufacturer of the boiler for local parts sourcing. Most every boiler using a combustion chamber has replacement kits. I've had mine replaced once. Not a big deal. Got the replacement through a local hardware store that dealt with the boiler company's parts. Search combustion chamber+"your brand" using search engine. I see Weil McClain kits going for &$50-70 bucks. These get cracks in them from age, but more so from rookie technicians that hit the pot with their flush brushes during cleaning.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2009 at 5:30PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
No Fully Trained Mini Split Installers
Reading threads about mini split heat pumps I got curious...
Honeywell th6320R Thermostat
My Honeywell TH6320R thermostat (communicating with...
New HVAC install in So Cal
Hi Everyone, I just got a quote from Home Depot contractor....
Has anyone found solution to HVAV Dirty Sock Syndrome
Two years ago I had a Trane heat pump installed in...
Is this HVAC system OK?
Replacing original old ~9 seer unit. House is 2001...
Sponsored Products
Home Decorators Collection Blinds & Shades Cut-to-Width Snow Drift 9/16 in.
Home Decorators Collection
Royal Lions Head Floor Fountain
Lamps Plus
Kenroy Home Pendant Lights Chambers 1-Light Rust Pendant 92071RST
Home Depot
Home Decorators Collection Benches Chambers 42 in. W Brown Rectangular Storage
Home Decorators Collection
Moooi | Emperor Table Lamp
Chambers Wool Area Rug
Home Decorators Collection
Garlic Slice N Press
$14.99 | zulily
Black Bull 110 Gallon Capacity Industrial Sandblast Cabinet
Beyond Stores
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™