Electric Fireplace Igniter Conversion Project to Begin 10/29
Posted on Oct 26th, 2018
Greetings Allegheny Springs Homeowners!
We are pleased to announce the kickoff of a much needed upgrade at Allegheny Springs that will offer financial and safety benefits to all owners as well as improved guest satisfaction for your renters. Your Allegheny Springs Board of Directors and Mountain Life management team are moving forward with a fireplace upgrade for all condominium units in the building.
This upgrade consists of removing and replacing your current fireplace insert including the pilot light igniter, glass screen, and logs as well as the venting for the unit. As you may or may not be aware, Allegheny Springs has had ongoing issues with pilot lights blowing out, especially during the peak winter season. Multiple service calls, constant guest complaints and extremely high propane bills from constantly burning pilot lights serve as the motivation behind this endeavor. By changing out these units, we can anticipate significantly fewer service calls as there will be no constantly burning pilot light to blow out (happier guests!), as well as an increased safety barrier between the fireplace glass which will keep guests (especially children) from burning themselves. The new venting that will be installed will allow for safer installation of the units and will replace old and worn out venting as well as repair the leaking horizontal terminations. This alone will be a significant savings as there are currently several units that have water leaking into the walls thus soaking the drywall.
The unit that is being installed is a Solara II IPI Electronic Ignition LP gas fireplace. This fireplace normally retails for $1,831.00. The logs, venting system and adapters retail at $550.00. The Association is able to secure these units for $801.72 each through a bulk purchase. That is a $1,579.28 savings per unit. The installation cost for these fireplaces is $475.00 per unit. Because propane is paid for through your monthly HOA assessments, the HOA is estimating a $30,000 savings in propane expenses annually by replacing the constantly burning pilot light with a unit that has an electronic igniter, resulting in a 5-year ROI for this project. Because of the savings that the HOA is anticipating, the Board has decided to pay for the fireplace units and installation costs for all condominium units out of HOA reserves. This project will not be an individual owner expense.
This project will be divided into two phases for completion as to not disrupt or displace any Opening Day or Winter Ski season guests. 54 units in the eastern wing of the building will be completed in the first phase of the project. The remaining units will be completed upon conclusion of the Winter season in March/April.
This project is set to kick off on Monday, October 29 and will take approximately two weeks. Temporary maintenance blocks have been placed on the following units for fireplace installation:
120, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 128, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 144, 145
219, 220, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 228, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 244, 245
319, 320, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 328, 331, 332, 333, 334,
As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to your management team at 304-572-5712.
Your Allegheny Springs Board of Directors