The old water heater- definitely past its prime (15 year warranty?)- which, after being used on a regular basis for the first time in who knows how many years, started leaking...
and is now disconnected!!!
the leak had been controlled with tim's half high tech and half MacGyver manuver of directing the stream of water down a string and into a water pump. here you can see partly where it was leaking from.
old cast iron pipes
the new hot water tank. it is a combined system with the new boiler so instead of being a separate hot water heater, it is one of the zones the boiler controls. The pipes go from the boiler and coil through the water tank to heat up the water inside.
tim turning the new heating system on, and bruce, our fantastic plumber.
"Ray" is our new boiler (remember the old one? now yard art). Ray is also cast iron, like the old one, but with a brand new look: slim and yellow. it's a condensing hot water boiler with brains that runs on natural gas and has a 92.7 AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating. there will be three zones, one for the hot water and one for each floor so that each zone can be controlled separately.