Is draining rusty furnace water weekly reasonable?
We just bought an old house. It's warm, with steam heat radiators, but I am not thrilled with the furnace. It was installed in 1994. So, 20 years old, and they said it should last 40, it's a Burnham, very large.
The trouble is that it needs me to go down there are drain two buckets of rusty water every week, and even every day in really cold weather. And then I have to carry the buckets upstairs to empty them - no drains in the basement. Then I have to refill it, with a valve. And apparently if you don't turn the valve enough when you shut it off, the whole system can leak. Which apparently happened not long before we bought the house.
This seems unreasonable in a modern furnace. Even though it has usable life left, I think it should be replaced. Am I being too picky?
Can you buy a new furnace for steam radiators that doesn't need so much manual attention?