Home Boiler Repair

home boiler repair

home boiler repair
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35 yr old Weil-McLain boiler – unreasonable to ask for allowance to replace?

A home inspection stated the tankless hot water Weil-McLain boiler was ‘fully depreciated.’ The inspector could not write in the report (due to possible liablity) that it was ‘on its last legs’ but said so verbally. It was visibly old and possibly original to the ’72 home. What are my chances in having the sellers replace it or have them lower their asking price, if it was just running at 210 degrees rather than 180, making the hot water baseboards run hot (ave. 150 degrees) but still in working oder? I don’t want it repaired or serviced, but given allowance to do so myself. Is that unreasonable?
Re: does the price reflect known issues that theyre not willing to fix?

Not that I know of. And I believe I was more than fair in my acceptance of ‘their’ final offer, only 9,000 less for a 519 home (originally listed at 539). I am trying to pick my battles wisely and see what they say to my list of concerns.

It’s not unreasonable for you to ask because you’re probably not telling the seller anything they don’t know already. What your chances are of actually getting some money toward replacement is anyone’s guess.

Everything depends on how motivate the seller is and how many offers they have on the house. 2 or 3 years ago, you’d have been laughed out of town if you’d have asked a seller to replace a boiler. That was then, this is now. The market in many cities has turned in favor of the buyer, so a motivated seller may very well agree to either replace the boiler or at least knock something off the purchase price.

I’d say get an estimate for a new boiler to show that you’re not just making up the numbers. From there, you can negotiate with the seller, but be prepared to be reasonable.


Ken Howard Mechanical, Furnace/Boiler Repair VA & MD