Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Recommended: Water Heater and Boiler Installers

Our companion email list, the Cleveland Park Listserv, is a treasure trove of recommendations. We want to share on All Life Is Local, on a periodic basis, the best recommendations that have been posted on the Cleveland Park Listserv. You'll be able to search All Life Is Local for "contractor," "plumber," "computer tech," "auto body shop" -- whatever you need.


We had something like that done to our house and Gary Frank did a wonderful job.  His office is in Bethesda. We live in a row house and they are difficult to heat but Frank's people engineered a balanced system.

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We used John Fulcher for a newly installed high efficiency boiler for radiator heat.  It's been great (Installed in Dec).  We got the highest efficiency unit possible that would accommodate our radiator flush system. Call 202-258-6158.

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I use a guy named John Simmons, who runs a one man show and is fabulous! I just replaced my heating system and hot water heater and he did a great clean and efficient job! 301 871-5397.


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Argent Heating and Cooling did that for us a couple of years ago.  We went high but not the highest efficiency boiler as there was some glitch like the need to "exhaust" condensed water vapor into a drain (I think that was it, or that's what I understood at the time!).  We also had a smart tank installed for domestic hot water (this runs off the boiler) as well as 20' of new European style Runtal radiators.  I won't bother to tell you the model of the boiler as they change so often but it is McLain Weill. Argent: Office 703-281-6300; Ron Gallant: 240 398 7006.  Ron Gallant is the guy to go to at Argent he was very good at explaining technical concepts.

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Have HD Johnson on MacArthur install it.  Ask for Marlon Peez.

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I tried to install a high efficiency hot water boiler in a Capitol Hill row house a couple of years ago. I got conflicting advise from several contractors. Eventually decided against it because I could not use the existing flue/chimney and a special flue for the boiler would not fit in the dog leg because of distance from the building requirements. Cost was prohibitive with no payback in several generations of time frame. If you go with HE, make sure you have someone who is familiar with all the code and installation requirements. Cheers

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Warren from Thomas E. Clark came to my house yesterday (Sunday!) and sent the appraisal today.  $6,550 for the new boiler and $2,775 for the water heater.  The folks at Thomas Clark are professionals.  Office: 301-608-0550, 202-966-3900: Cell: 443-995-6180

2 comments:

  1. Water Heater and Boiler, huh? Having those installed in your house could make things more convenient, especially if you want to use hot water for daily chores like washing the dishes and clothes. Searching for good contractors is certainly the best way to get it installed correctly.

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