Boiler problem!

Asked by Kevin Hau, 49001 Sat Jan 31, 2009

I was told that the house boiler might be broken, I was wondering what should I do if I am very interested to get this home? What should I do or where should i go to fix this problem. Thank you.

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smith3gary, Agent, White Lake, MI
Sun Feb 1, 2009
Kevin,

Your Buyer's Agent (under a Buyers Agency Agreement) can help you try to negotiate repairs or replacement. I had my hotwater boiler replaced in 2000. It was $3,000, this may be smaller.

Here are some other options.

Have the seller purchase a protection plan, that covers you the buyer.
Have your private home inspector look at the unit, most likely they are not experts and will refer you to an HVAC specialist.
Have an HVAC specialist provide an estimate (this would require water, power, and fuel to be on)

Remember, everything is negotiable, but if this is a foreclosure the banks are offering "as is" and will try not to accept any conditions for repairs.
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Thanks for the options. I was also going to recommend a rental boiler if you haven't thought of that already. If that's all that's holding you back from buying the house, you should consider getting it anyway. A boiler is pretty essential for a house. | http://www.bsimn.com
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Brian Luck, Agent, Chesterfield, MI
Sat Jan 31, 2009
Kevin:
What you will need to do, as a condition of any offer is to determine whether the home was properly winterized. With boiler systems, typically all of the lines are drained either through gravity or air compression, along with the boiler itself; hot water tank, expansion tank, etc. Water can be gradually introduced back into the system, provided nothing is frozen, to determine if there are any leaks prior to pressurizing (igniting) the boiler itself. There may also have been antifreeze or similar agent introduced into the system instead of draining it; your inspector should be able to assist.
Regards,
Brian Luck
Keller Williams Realty
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