Lakeside Condos York-Shipley Boiler
The Lakeside Condos date back to the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962. The original boiler, a York Shipley fire tube, was slated for demolition and replacement after 58 years of service. After reviewing the options to remove the old boiler and install new condensing gas boilers, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions suggested that the customer retube the old boiler and upgrade the burner and controls systems. It’s important to note – sometimes adding high efficiency condensing boilers to an older building is not the best option. Often the existing building heat exchangers will not work with the low water temperatures required for condensing boilers if they want to keep their advertised ‘high efficiency’ rating.
It’s a good reminder that new equipment is not always the right solution. In this case, the upgrade saved hundreds of thousands of dollars a new system would have cost, that would not have been able to deliver a reasonable ROI over the life of the new boilers.