When I bought my house there was a boiler system in the basement.
The boiler was giant, old and didn’t work.
I saw the heating system it once was. At one point, the boiler must have heated the whole house completely. When I moved in, it was totally useless. I stupidly thought getting rid of the boiler would be simple too. I quickly realized removing it from the home would require a professional. The basement door was too narrow. The windows were small and going back up through the house wasn’t possible. I figured somebody would want the boiler and take it out in pieces though. I called a HVAC business to see if they wanted the equipment. Sure, the boiler was old and outdated, but I figured there were at least parts in the system they could use again. It also would be a free heater system for them. The HVAC contractor took one look at it and laughed. He said boilers are such heavy duty heating systems they can last from 50-80 years. Mine was on the older end of the spectrum. No alike models were made and no heater replacement parts were made. The heating system was an antique and junk. I then tried to see if a metal scrapper would take it. The guy wanted the metal but refused to put in the work to remove it. I ended up having to demolish the heater in my basement with heavy duty tools. I had to take the tiniest pieces because it was so heavy. It really was a horrible project.