I am just looking for a quick estimate and your thoughts.
We are looking at a foreclosure in southern IL, built 1910, 5500 square feet, Weil-McLain boiler. Second story ducted and something in attic for air conditioning.
Problem is realtor thinks the house was not winterized properly in 2004 winter and radiator (?) leaked. She just got the listing. 2 oak floorboards in foyer are buckled under the radiator. Rest of house is carpeted. No evidence that others leaked. Does this make sense. If water was not drained out of boiler, would all the water leak out of just one radiator and would it just buckle two 2″ oak boards or would it have damaged a larger area of the floor there? If they didn’t drain the boiler, does this automatically mean the boiler is damaged? Shouldn’t other water pipes have frozen, also? Even when it is below zero here in Montana, our house never goes below freezing inside. I am wondering if the damage occurred longer ago and if the system is okay. Appreciate your thoughts!
When my husband looked at the house, she had two hvac guys there who recommended putting two $ 6,000 95% efficiency furnaces in the basement for the first floor and one furnace in the attic to use the air conditioning ducting there.
So, for the quick estimate. Approximately how much could we expect to spend to replace the boiler?
We have a bunch of very old houses but none with steam or hot water heat.
Thanks to all of you! We really appreciate and benefit from your advice to others here on this forum.