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    I'm ready to upgrade my home heating system -- oil, forced hot water, 2 zones, single floor, 1300 square feet, basement in the process of finishing for a 3rd zone and additional 1000 sq ft ...

    One of the guys who did an estimate recommened the System 2000. Any thoughts by those of you familiar with this unit?

    Thanks,
    dp

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    i have installed boilers for 18 yrs and never put one in , but my boss reads a lot of trade magazines and i will ask him about it tomorrow.
    Charlie

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    • #3
      I would not put a system 2000 in my house.
      Too many problems with the boards....

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      • #4
        if you fined a good hvac company the can put in a system that is very efficient .
        first can you change to propane . they make boilers that use a copper or stainless type coils and do not heat up a large mas of water . there is 2 types i have put in .
        Teledyne and peerless

        peerless has a unit that is about a 3 ft sq cube

        with the right piping you can have a lot of heating zones and a zone that runs to a supper insulated tank with a coil to make hot water .
        look up these boilers and check them out

        hope this helps
        Charlie

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Plumbheat
          I would not put a system 2000 in my house.
          Too many problems with the boards....
          Good post.

          I've put just two of these systems in in the past. They've been around for some time now, I've watched the videos on it (still have one, if you'd like a copy let me know I can arrange it). But, listening to other contractors tell it, they have had problems with the boards not lasting, on top of some other worrisome issues. Plus, if you ever have problems with it, you'll need to get hold of a service company that is experienced in servicing these units, and not everyone out there knows how to deal with them. I personally would steer clear of them just as a personal opinion.

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          • #6
            I have no experence with system 2000 but everyone I have talked to said they are an excellant system. The only problem is they only sell through there dealers and are not available through wholesalers.

            ED

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            • #7
              Re: Energy Kinetics System 2000?

              I have a System 2000 installed in my 3,271 sq. ft. home. It is a fantastic boiler. The installer was great and has installed a couple dozen so far. It is quiet, super efficient, and way ahead electronically to all other makes.

              My savings have been about 45-50% on oil usage. I am so glad I got rid of the Burnham super heavy mass boiler. All it did was burn oil at an incredible amount.

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              • #8
                Re: Energy Kinetics System 2000?

                I was an EK dealer for 7 years and installed many System 2000 before going to work for the company directly. I've an installer and service tech for over 35 years and this has to be the easiest system there is to install. They have also been extremely easy to maintain. My own is over 10 years old and I wouldn't have anything else in my house.

                Recent testing at Brookhaven National Labs shows that this system beat all other systems tested in efficiency regardless of the AFUE, including a 95% AFUE condensing boiler.

                There is not a big problem with the system managers as is sometimes reported. The problem is a lack of understanding of how the system functions. Well over half the managers returned as defective actually have nothing wrong with them. In addition, the warranty for the system manager is five full years. After that time period, should it fail, the cost to replace it is about the same as a cad cell relay.

                Any person actively in a heating, plumbing or associated trade can buy repair parts directly from the factory. The comment is often made that we don't sell through supply houses. Very true, but do you want to pay their markup as well? If you need help troubleshooting a system call the factory direct. Go to the website for the phone number.

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                • #9
                  Re: Energy Kinetics System 2000?

                  We have had a system 2000 for about 6 years, and its been fairly good.

                  Jim, I sent you a private message/mail. Have a few questions.

                  A public one: on the EK2 smartfilter, what is "normal" oil pressure on the gauge? we recently had a blocked filter, and had it replaced. after replacement, the filter showed 0 pressure during burn, but a few weeks later, it has moved up about 1/3 of the gauge during burner run..... we never watched it before (our service plan usually changed the filter twice/year), but now that there was a problem, we watch more carefully and are not sure what is right/wrong :-) (btw: we have a real long oil run over 75 ft across a basement ceiling, with tanks on floor.)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Energy Kinetics System 2000?

                    I've been a EK dealer since day one. Spent quite a bit of time with John Marran in the early stages of development. Yes there were some minor problems early in the game, but most are well sorted out now. It is an amaziningly efficient and quiet unit. Looks complicated but it really is'nt. There a lots of boilers on the market today. The best bet is to do a bit of camparison shopping and go from there. I have customers that we installed EK units in 16 years ago and they are still running strong.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Energy Kinetics System 2000?

                      Originally posted by dp View Post
                      I'm ready to upgrade my home heating system -- oil, forced hot water, 2 zones, single floor, 1300 square feet, basement in the process of finishing for a 3rd zone and additional 1000 sq ft ...

                      One of the guys who did an estimate recommened the System 2000. Any thoughts by those of you familiar with this unit?

                      Thanks,
                      dp
                      i worked on system 2000 for 4 years in maine i highly reccomend that you put one in it should cut your fuel bill down to 30 to 40 percent in fact when i got out of the military i will make sure the house i buy has one no matter how old the furnace is in the home i buy just to get the fuel savings i did service work and when cleaned properly we had almost no problems

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                      • #12
                        Re: Energy Kinetics System 2000?

                        I have had a System 2000 since 1991. The energy savings is fantastic. Though I have had many quality issues with my unit, I have never had a problem with the manager. I have never run out of hot water. The biggest problems with the unit are the hang on parts and the dealer that installed the unit. My son is building a house and as much as I love the energy savings of my unit I sent him to Buderus for a boiler. If Energy Kinetics stood behind their product better I would have gotten one for him.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Energy Kinetics System 2000?

                          Ha. Funny to see this thread still alive.

                          I had the EK 2000 installed in May 2006 to replace the original boiler to the house (1955). We lived for two years with the old boiler, now two years with the EK 2000.

                          I am using 50% less oil with the new system. That seems outrageous, but true ... especially considering how INEFFICIENT the old boiler and H20 heater were.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Energy Kinetics System 2000?

                            Here's the URL to their site if anyone is looking for it:

                            http://www.energykinetics.com/
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                            • #15
                              Re: Energy Kinetics System 2000?

                              I bought the ENERGY KINETICS SYSTEM 2000 OIL boiler (EK1) back in Aug. of 2008 and as of this post had it for 6 winter months. If you are thinking of getting one of these please read on as I can save you a lot time & effort, in your choosing if you should get one or not. Go get a cup of coffee, this is going to be a long post! I'm doing this because I feel that after research on the web etc. my questions just were not being answered! BTW No, I'm not a company rep to any poster that might think that a "newbie" might be one... I'm just a homeowner that wants to help other homeowners, and that others won't have to go thru what I went thru!
                              I started looking almost 8 months before I bought a boiler and did many many hours of web searches, reading blogs etc., looking at boiler lit and talking to 9 local heating contractors ( and getting bids) as well as 2 heating contractors that would never make a dime on me as I was too far away.
                              The short ver. of the story is this...I ended up talking to a friends husband that owns a large oil co. in CT., they also install boilers & service them. It was too bad that he would not install mine as I was too far away for him, but the info I'm about to share is straight from an oil co. owner that wasn't going to see a dime in his pocket and had nothing to gain.
                              He said that over the last 25+ yrs he had installed many diff. boilers, all kinds of controls and programmable thermostats etc, as far as he was concerned the Energy Kinetics System 2000 was the only thing that really did save his oil customers 100's of gallons of oil a year!
                              He told me that he went thru his records from over the last 10 yrs. & looked at all the diff. brands of oil boilers (many of them listed in other posts on this topic) and the System 2000 was the clear winner. Some of the boilers he mentioned he didn't install, but the bottom line was some boilers, like the Buderous with the controller, saved some oil like 5-8 percent, but the System 2000 customers were saving 35-45 percent on oil consumption! He took into account the K factor for each year, as well as service records...so it wasn't a few min. of quick going over the numbers, but many hours of work to come to this conclusion.
                              The next thing he said was to make sure I bought it from someone that can service it. The only thing was, as others have said, some oil co's I got quotes from also wanted me to buy the oil & expensive service contracts from them. One company went so far as to say if you don't buy oil from us you're on your own for service! (they were the highest bidder at over $10,000 & tried to get me to buy the Buderous to boot! gee maybe because they would sell more oil?) I was lucky to find a dealer that was close to me that didn't sell oil, just installed & serviced boilers....BTW I found this out from calling the Energy Kinetics co. directly in NJ...nice folks & very helpful too! (and yes a real American answers the phone!)
                              I ended up getting the stainless steel 40 gal. hot water tank as I have acid water, as well as an extra zone valve as a back up and the "dummy" board in case the control board got zapped by a lightning strike or a power surge.
                              I also needed a new oil tank as mine was well over due and was also 50 yrs old. After much research I bought a Roth tank that was shown on TOH. It's a plastic tank inside a metal one. The only issue I ran into was air in the line. The old tank took oil from the bottom but the Roth sucks it from a few inches above, which is good, as you never need to worry about crud getting into your burner or clogging the filter BUT...it also is easier for air to get into the line! I guess when the oil is delivered it creates a lot of air bubbles & foam in the tank. In my case the tank was moved from 50' away to 5' away, so it was even more of an issue. One day in Dec. I got an oil delivery and a few hours later my burner stopped working. Pushing the reset button didn't work...so my dealer had to come out to get the air out...nice guy didn't even charge for the service call. The solution was to put in a Tigerloop , which takes out the air and self primes if need be.
                              I also had a few issues right off the bat. This is kind of funny...After telling my wife how great it's going to be to finally have unlimited hot water for showers (it used last no more than 3 min., I had a tankless before.) She comes home from work after a long hard day the first day we got the System 2000 gets in the shower soaps up...and you guessed it, no hot water! I didn't hear the end of that for weeks! anyway...My dealer came right over and found a problem with a board or something on the hot water tank and replaced it. The hot water has been great!
                              I also had an issue with one of my zones not working as the wiring to the 2 wire thermostat was backwards. I guess that stuff happens in 50 yr. old houses...so even if it's 90 deg out when you get it installed ck all the zones to make sure they work!
                              As far as my savings...I have, for the last 50 yrs, always got 2 deliveries of oil of about 250 gal each in Jan.& Feb, this year I only got one delivery each month! 500 gallons saved in 2 months, that's great in my book! I also saved about 180 gallons from Sept. to Dec.
                              I save $20 a month on electric as the system doesn't go on every 2 hours like the old burner did to keep the water hot all the time and there is only one small circulator and not the 2 big ones I had. This was a bonus I wasn't expecting! During the warm months the burner only went on 2 times a day rather than 12 times. At first I thought there would be an issue that the one circulator could handle the whole house & hot water, but now after going thru one of the coldest winters in 20 yrs. it not an issue.
                              I also found out later from my dealer that on an older round type thermostat, to move the anticipator (the little metal arrow at the bottom of the unit) all the way to the right, or for least amount of time. This helped even out the heating.
                              Another thing I found out from a phone call to the co. is not to drop the temp. more than 3 or 4 degrees in a day as it will take a long time for the house to heat back up. If you need to do more of a temp. swing than that, then get a programmable thermostat and have it programmed to the temp you want 45 min before you come home.
                              BTW I also noticed our basement is colder because the boiler does not hold any heat, so if you're relying on heat from your boiler to take the chill out of your basement you better put a zone down there. Just so you know the system comes ready to install up to 4 zones plus your hot water zone, just cap off the zones you don't need & add zones later as you need them.
                              Other things I like... it's VERY quiet, we have a movie theatre for the kids in our basement as well as my high end stereo (I'm into Lp's if that gives you any hint) and it's so nice not hearing that darn burner anymore!
                              I had the optional air intake from outside, this helps in an older home as it doesn't suck in cold air thru cracks in the house to feed air to the burner as well as making it quieter.
                              And just so you know, I also got the chimney (stainless steel) liner thru Energy Kinetics, they make a very well made liner & cap, much nicer than the ones on line or even from my local tin shop and the cost was about the same. I got this because I noticed soot was showing on the joints of the cement blocks...so I knew there was a co2 leak somewhere.
                              One of the things that the system 2000 doesn't have is the air vent on the exhaust end of the system. It always used to bother me that to see that big 6" round opening with a little thin gauge metal flapper door sucking out my heated air up the chimney.
                              I also should mention that I like the control board, it's really nice to see what's happening with the system, like which zone(s) are calling for heat. It's also neat to see the circulator light on after the burner goes off...getting every last bit of heat out of the boiler into my house!
                              I would also check into any state & federal rebates. I got a CT state rebate of $500...it was a pain to fill out & took 2 months to get...but hey $500...it was worth it. I just heard from the EK that as of right now the System 2000 doesn't qualify for a $1500 rebate, the federal guidelines for boilers are WAY out of date. All the ways this system saves heat & oil as I said above, are not even considered in the federal guidelines...what a joke! To tell you the truth, I'll make up that money in less than a year.
                              So, what would I change? as I said at the beginning I have acid water and I wish I could have gotten all brass fittings & tubing and no copper for all of the domestic hot water lines, connections & heat exchanger, but that's all that I can think of...maybe a little better quality control on the hot water board...being picky here...it could have been damaged during shipping or when installed.
                              Well...I told you it was going to be long and I hope it helps you make your decision... to me it's a no brainer once you know all the facts...and as a friend of mine always says... that's my story and I'm stickn' to it...good luck!
                              Last edited by lrlvideo; 03-04-2009, 06:44 PM. Reason: added info & corrected spelling

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