I would greatly appreciate it if you share your thoughts on a few subjects here - would you mind?
Thanks in advance for your generous time. If people like you and Dana weren't so very helpful, it would be difficult to get really good info - even from all the hours that I spend reading articles and web forums on these subjects. Like you both I "give back" as well - and am a top-rated expert on ********** for computer networking. It feels good to help people out!
RE: gas conversion of my old unit. I'm not sad that it doesn't make sense. It is just too bad that it was sized so crazy high to start with. Weil Mclain could have been much nicer and more descriptive with their version of "can't undersize it much". You and Dana really helped me understand WHY it can't be - and I'm so grateful!
I'd appreciate it if you would chime in with specific thoughts for a new boiler. Are there brands/models that you like? If you don't like some brands/models then I'd appreciate knowing that too.
Thanks to you two - a Direct Vent Boiler is clearly the best solution. We can use the rear basement wall or side basement wall - about 10' further back than the existing boiler location.
Would you mind outlining your thoughts on "mod/con vs medium eff boiler"? It doesn't SEEM like the mod/cons would actually save us much - or maybe nothing if they need any yearly pro maintenance. What are your favorite gas boiler brands and models? Are there ones that you don't like? It's always useful to know what to avoid!
And what about maintenance costs for mid vs mod/con? I have read a LOT of articles and threads all over the place but I can't seem to find too much about yearly maintenance costs for gas boilers and gas mod/cons.
Lastly - let's say that I'm really interested in an indirect water heater. Does that modify your boiler recommendation? Our water use isn't excessive. 5 people, and 4 showers - no baths. 1.85 gpm showerheads.