BURNHAM V8 Boiler
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Overview of the V8
With eight models in the series, the discontinued Burnham V8 boiler was an Energy Star qualified product made in the United States. This oil-fired boiler is designed to heat the home and domestic hot water and has AFUE ratings ranging from 83.2 to 86.3 percent.
The steam or water heat exchangers are made with a cast iron sectional design for durability. Because the boiler uses larger center sections than competing units, more heat is transferred, according to the manufacturer. The sections also are made with steel couplings intended to provide high resistance to deterioration. The burner is covered to decrease the noise production for homeowners. Three types of burners are available, including the Beckett burner as the standard option.
Installation versatility and ease with accessibility is made possible by the full-access double articulating door, quick-release canopy and side/top flue access. V8 series boilers have a working pressure of 50 psi, making them suitable options for tall buildings. Radiant heating and indirect hot water are available as add-ons.
Consumer Reviews of the BURNHAM V8
Date created: 2014-02-07
Name: frank caropreso
Location: Sunnyside Queens, NYC
"Like reading my own life written by others"
If there was a rating worse than very unsatisfied, I would use it. After my 10 year warranty expired by 1 month, It was discovered that my burner had 3 huge -- and I mean huge -- holes in 2 cast iron sections. My plumber patched them with bondo and sealed them at a cost of $500. I was quoted 3k by specialists who wanted to replace the sections and that repair would last about 2 years. WTF! my other boiler was working fine, but it was 60 years old. But upon the urging of professionals and with the promise of more efficiency and large cost savings over time, i replaced the oil burner with a sleeker smaller Burnham V8. Now I find that this piece of crap had been rusting out and using oil at a precipitous pace and just going nuts with water usage. The plumber postulates that this has been going on for years and that my oil bills must have been huge; the holes were never picked up by the guys doing the maintenance since they never lifted the chimney to look inside the casing. I haven't contacted Burnham yet because I am so mad. I never want to deal with them again. Why wasn't there a recall? Why was I never alerted by them that the furnace has a history of rusting out and leaking. I'm just lucky that the last time my oil tank ran dry, a young maintenance worker bothered to look inside the casing and shine a flashlight into the guts of the boiler. I am converting to gas and hope to never look back at the crappy Burnham burners and never use the oil suppliers who never discovered the holes in the sections. My last tank-load of oil cost me $1200. I'm hoping that this is the last time i buy oil. I tried my best to buy American, use American Labor but I am now so depressed by shoddy maintenance and shoddy products. I will continue to buy American furnaces and use local plumbers but I will be very vigilant about maintenance will become an expert on furnaces.
Date created: 2014-01-03
Name: Mike Johansen
Location: Boston, MA
"Leaking Burnham Boiler"
Add me to the list of leaking Burnham v8 boilers. I have a 9 year old unit that now leaks. Although Burnham will supply a new block under warranty, I am being quoted $3k for removal/installation. Based on what I've read online, leaking Burnham boilers seems to be fairly common. Burnham should step up and assist with installation. My old unit was 46 years old and was replaced because it was inefficient. Didn't think I'd need to go down this road again in only 9 years.
Date created: 2014-01-02
Name: Cameron Lewis
Location: Wickford, RI
"Garbage - Never buy"
We installed our Burnham model pv86wt-tbwf in April of 2002. The first week in December 2013 we discovered the boiler started leaking. We immediately called for service and when the tech removed the outer casing we could see that the inside of the unit had a tremendous amount of rust between the heating sections. Since we were planning on changing to gas in the spring and the leak was minor, the tech did what he could and we agreed to hope it would last to spring. Well, it didn'T. Not more than a weak later, major cracks developed on the other side of the boiler. Every time the burner turned on, about a 2 quarts of water would shoot out and I mean "shoot out," not leak. We ended up having to purchase a temp (used)boiler to hold us to spring when we will change to gas. My point, an 11 year old boiler should not rust out. The tech informed us this was a known problem with these Burnham boilers. Burnham said that if we could prove we were the original owners (this was easy) and it was installed less than 10 years ago (just missed this), they would give us $1000 towards the purchase of a new boiler from them. No thnaks! First I would never purchase a boiler from them again since they don't seem to care they are selling defective products and second, we're changing to gas in the spring and I don't want a new oil furnace. Shameful !! Burnham knows this problem exists and does not do anything to remedy it. We're spending about $3k just to get us to the spring. I would never recommend Burnham to anyone considering a new boiler. My old boiler lasted 35 years and was only replaced because of because we wanted a more efficient unit.
Date created: 2013-12-20
Just been told that my 9 year old Burnham v85 boiler has a block leak above the water line. Before even opening up the boiler, the technician said "I know your block is leaking because this is a Burnham." Burnham is saying that it is due to corrosion, and therefore not covered under the warranty. When the technician had the cabinet off, the cast iron looked really clean, with no sign of corrosion. Burnham is saying as an act of goodwill, they will provide a new block for $500. Of course this does not include the $3000 installation that I've been quoted. A heating system should be a once in 20 year investment (at a minimum.) What a bunch of thieves. While there are references a class action suit, I cannot find the specifics. Burnham should step up and stand behind their product.
Date created: 2012-12-10
Name: Patricia Kempton
Location: Dracut Ma.
In November 2005 we replaced 1 boiler in our 2 family home. In 2006 we replaced the other. Now in 2011 the first had a hole between the 3/4 block, then in 2012 the other one was found to have a hole in exactly the same place, in 2011 they replaced the block at a cost of 100.00 and then we had to pay 1200.00 for labor. Now in 2012 they want 500.00, (seems to be there standard price) and it's going to cost another 1200.00 for labor. I will never purchase from this company again, I also plan to notify the Attorney General of Massachusetts and the Better Business Bureau. I'm not sure I even want to replace this one, as I bet in 4/5 years the first one will let go again. They are a terrible company and will not honor there warranty claim its caused by corrosion.
Date created: 2012-11-24
"Stay away from Burnham boilers"
Do not buy Burnham boilers, they are knowingly selling defective boilers. Customer service refused to warranty a crack in my 12 year old boiler because they had the original owner of the boiler listed as the contractor who built the house. Even if they had warrantied the repair you are still out $1500 for labor. I encourage everyone with problems to join the class action suits online and hold this company accountable...they are the definition of unscrupulous.
Date created: 2012-09-13
Name: Mir Far
Location: Great Falls, VA
"Same Problem Leaking Cracked Casing"
I am amazed how many people have had the same problem with Burnham Burners. Well, we bought a v8 Series in January 2001. Sure enough this year we find the casing has cracked, water leaking inside and the casing has rusted out. Burnham is prepared to replace the casing for payment of $900, the installer wants $2100 to install, and I am not sure if it is worth $3000 to fix it after reading all the posts. So if anyone has a better solution let me know. Thanks.
Date created: 2012-05-23
Name: Steve L
Years owned: 5
"Two for two..."
Both boilers in this two family house were replaced in 2007 with Burnham v8 boilers, supplying steam heat and hot water to the Burnham storage tank. The first floor boiler cracked in the end of March 2012, the second floor boiler cracked yesterday. Both were maintained by the oil company, which was of very little use for the first boiler's warranty, and had automatic water feeders. Neither unit consumed excess water, both just quit. I would definitely go with something else if you are in the market for a new boiler.
Date created: 2012-05-17
Name: sean tatro
Years owned: 20
"from a service man"
To all unsatisfied customers of the burnham v8 series yes there has been some issue on cracked blocks but nothing compared to the Weil-McLain boilers and burnham honors a boiler block replacement but it is prorated after 10 years so like I did a warranty block the first on over 300 units sold by me and installed it was 12 years old burnham sold a block to me for a customer for 587. I installed for 1200. Note when you get a block from burnham it comes with the cabinet and door with it only that has to be put on is old control and burner. So who ever is charging you over that price to reinstall a block is taking advantage of you. These boilers our great, also tell me how many thing last even 12 years that you pay 7000. I've been doing this for 20 years in Vermont feel free to look us up were in Milton Vermont.
Date created: 2012-04-20
Name: D Wood
Location: Boston, MA
Years owned: 11
"Cracked Block after 11 years"
This v85s cast iron boiler was discovered to have a crack block during it's regular maintenance. Of course it is 1 year over its 10 year warranty. So Burnham said I'm out of luck. Now I need to buy another boiler for around $7000 or more. On top of the many of thousands of dollars I spent in 3/2001 (now 4/2012). This a great inconvenience and a financial hardship. I can't believe a company doesn't stand by a defective product. I was told by several repairmen there were problems with v7 and v8 boilers with cracked blocks. Buyer beware!!
Date created: 2010-06-07
Name: Mad Mike
Years owned: 8
"Another Burnham v8 dead before 9 years"
Like many others here, I had a Burnham v8 installed by Petro in 2001. Block cracked in 2010 less than 9 years after installation. Petro's only response: "Call the manufacturer". Burnham expects me to wait 2 weeks for a replacement, then spend $2000 to have it installed? While living with no heat or hot water? I'm having a Weil-McLain installed tomorrow. Never buy Burnham, never use Petro. Both companies despise their customers. You've been warned.
Date created: 2009-12-23
Name: John Ozbay
Years owned: 7
I have a Burnham v8 steam boiler installed by Petro 7 years ago. There is a crack on the block and leaking water/steam. I called Petro and they said it's not covered by warranty. I called Burnham, they said they can't do anything about it because Petro have to tell them it's a manufacturing defect. As a matter of fact, this is a common problem for v8 boilers. There is a class action law suit against Burnham. Burnham knows as a fact that boilers are defected and don't want to honor the warranty. Shame on Petro. Double shame on Burnham.
Date created: 2009-03-31
Years owned: 7
"7 Year Boiler - think twice"
I have a Burnham v8, and I would caution anyone and everyone against buying Burnham. Mine was installed in January 2002, one year before I bought my house. It was installed by the oil company I have continued to use (Petro), so there has been continuity. This is a 7 year old boiler, and it should have a life of 25+ years, but it has a fatal internal leak. Petro says it needs to be replaced for $7k. Petro is offering nothing, despite the fact that they installed it and have "maintained" it. Burnham's worthless warranty did not transfer with the house. Petro wants to replace it with another Burnham! Fat chance! More likely I will replace it with another brand, and replace Petro too.
Date created: 2009-03-30
Years owned: 8
"Burnham V8 2 cracked block castings"
Installed v8 model in new house in 2001. Morning of departure for Florida trip(3/09) found water around base of unit. immediately called local heating service, discovered cracks in 2 of 4 block cast assy'S. Replaced entire unit with Crown. Service knew of Burnham problems. With years of experience with Wheil McClaine, Beudaris, and others, never experienced this type of inferior product quality longevity. Now to see if Burnham will provide some level of consideration.
Other V8 Reviews
There is contrasting information on the web about the performance of the Burnham V8. While it is recommended by some online forum posters, there also are claims of cracked blocks, defective parts and poor responses from Burnham regarding warranty coverage.
An HVAC professional participating in one of these discussions on www.justanswer.com suggests that Burnham’s move to use a “thinner cast iron” could be the cause of many of these complaints—and that an overload of complaints could be the reason warranty response is slow.
Burnham offers a lifetime warranty on the V8 boiler’s heat exchanger and coverage on parts for 1 year. The company’s “True Blue” lifetime limited warranty is available for water heat exchangers with a 10-year warranty for steam heat exchangers. Burnham’s ‘Winter Warmth Assurance Plan” can be purchased for coverage of the heat exchanger for an additional 5 to 10 years.