Not sure if there is a correct forum location for this, so here goes We have a 25 year old Wiel Mclain oil boiler. It heats the hydronic baseboard and the hot water. We havent really run it much at all this winter for heat, but it runs daily for hot water. the oil guy came last week and topped of the tank with 75 gallons. Not bad for january! With that said, the maintence of this thing gives me heartburn. I have toyed with the idea of switching to electric hot water heater, but i will still need the boiler for backup heat or when were not home for extended periods of time, so converting the hot water to electric may not make too much sense. Currently were paying 25$ a month for a service contract which covers alot of larger repair costs and they just came and cleaned the boiler at 200$... I estimate were spending near 500$ a year to keep this thing maintained and cleaned. seems rediculous for a backup heat and to heat my hot water. Makes me wonder if the service contract is worth it? they did just replace a 130$ pump and the thing is 25 years old and I do not feel comfortable repairing it myself. also does this thing need to be cleaned yearly if its only being used to heat the hot water? I miss my last house that had electric baseboard and electric hot water. zero maintence and zero oil buying!