Replace Water Heater & Boiler
I have been reading this forum for the past 4 weeks. It has been wonderful to see other people experiencing the same worries (initial buyer's remorse) that I have been. I know it shall pass, but it can be discouraging. I have a couple of general questions about WH and boiler.
My wife and I closed on our old house (85 y.o., 2 1/2 story four square with prairie accents) in New Jersey about a month ago. We finally moved in after painting the interior and remodeling the bathroom. Now, we are onto the bigger issues. The hotwater heater (40 gallon) is at the end of its life (14 y.o.) and the oil boiler is also not in good shape (per home inspector). We could try to wait until the spring, but I would rather not have a surprise in Dec. or Jan.
I am in the midst of getting estimates to see how feasible (i.e., affordable) it will be to replace both. My general questions are:
1. Does anyone have experience with tankless WH (gas) working in older homes (i.e., 4 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, 2200 sq. feet)? Recommendations, Problems, Unforeseen Issues.
2. Would you recommend or discourage converting from oil boiler to gas boiler? The oil boiler is 30 years old with a new above ground oil tank. We could possibly repair the damages (i.e., corroded portions), but I like to start fresh if possible. we plan on being her for a very long time, so I'm thinking the boiler will need to be replaced at some point anyway.
Thanks for your responses in advance. I will be posting alot as I find more issues, including how to keep the 30 original wood windows (20/1, 16/1 and 12/1) somewhat energy efficient.