WEIL-MCLAIN Ultra Boiler
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Overview of the Ultra
The Weil McLain Ultra is a condensing gas boiler that continuously monitors and adjusts to the most comfortable air and heating rates. This furnace is Energy Star rated with an AFUE between 92 and 93.3% for regular conditions and 98% for conditions related to low temperatures. It is a two-stage induced draft boiler that has what Weil-Mclain call "integrated PhD (Precision Hydronic Data) Technology", a system that "initiates efficient and ongoing hydronic heating". The design of the Weil McLain Ultra gas boiler is CSA certified.
Consumer Reviews of the WEIL-MCLAIN Ultra
Date created: 2014-01-12
Location: cincinnati, oh
"Unreliable and expensive to repair"
I have three Ultra 155's running various apartment building and all of them are hassles. All of them have had a motherboard die. Rather than having to replace the problem transistor, you have to pay $400 to replace the whole board. Also just had a blower motor go out. For some reason those are $300. On top of it all, they aren't much more efficient than the 1980's broiler I replaced. Waste of money!
Date created: 2013-10-21
Name: s. redinger
Location: northern wisconsin
"Many problems, little help"
Ultra PHD 155 installed in 2002 (I have a box full of replaced parts). We had many problems starting from year one. Both main water pipes broke and leaked water, one year apart. Two blower fans, 3 circuit boards, igniter(s) this I can understand. There are many other parts replaced also. I have maintenance done regularly. Every year I have to have service work done on this system, still error codes continue and usage is disrupted. This was not an inexpensive boiler, it should last and be relatively problem free. I have put more money into fixing this P.O.S than it cost originally. I would not recommend it. My current service company does not recommend Weil-McLain. It's probably time to replace with a quality boiler/company, not Weil-McLain.
Date created: 2013-06-02
Location: Montreal, Canada
"Requires Manual Restarts"
Ultra unreliable boiler, constantly requires manual restarts - sometimes several times a day! Cannot leave unattended in winter or in return I will find my house frozen.
Date created: 2012-10-02
Name: Jim Christopherson
Location: Hope, Idaho
"Ultra is very unreliable"
Installed the Weil-McLain 6 years ago and have never made it more that six months without it quitting. Suspect the electronics have caused most of the problems. However, no one has been able to repair it right. On line help and phone help from the company has been nonexistant. New mother board ordered, five to six hundred more dollars down the drain. If I had the funds, I would start up a national ad campaign against the company and see if that would get their attention.
Date created: 2012-01-29
Name: R. Overton
Location: Hampton Bays, N.Y.
Years owned: 5
"funds R low"
5 years of misery and no heat. Don't care attitude of Mr. Beckett and Weil McLain!! Could write a book. The combo of Weil McLain/beckett or Reillo direct vent does not work for more than six weeks. Total consumer rip off! Many hours of no heat or hot water. After 4.5 years of aggravation and frustration I had a masonry chimney installed. So far system is okay but inefficient and noisy. Something no one has considered, their is red dye in home heating oil. With a direct vent oil system, aside from not performing, the red dye will coat the siding of your home or building. It will not come off! If you happen to see a stainless steel chimney "rusting," It's not rust. It's dye from the oil! Weil McLain and Beckett are more than dishonest in my opinion. Look elsewhere!
Date created: 2012-01-23
Years owned: 4
"noisy pump bearing"
Installer had to fix bad factory wiring. Went well after that. After 1 year the red pump bearings sounded like they had sand. Weil-McLain didn't honor but supplier did. 1 yr later is noisy again. Will have to live with it. Gained efficiency, lost the quiet. Would have second thoughts on another purchase of Weil-McLain equipment.
Date created: 2011-11-24
Years owned: 6
"TIME TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT"
I am writing this as a installer/homeowner. I have been in the hvac trade for 23 years. When I started in this trade, the only boiler my boss used was the WEIL-MCLAIN models. I have installed models, ultra, gv, cgs, cgi, cga, heii, wgo, cgx, he, and several other models. The underlying issues with any of these boilers, or any manufactures boilers for that matter, is if they are not properly installed and set up right, they can not - I repeat- they can not run trouble free. Especially the Mod Con Boilers, they need to be installed and serviced by technicians that know what they are doing. I myself have several N.A.T.E. certificates. I would highly suggest homeowners to do their homework before purchasing expensive systems. The benefits of having a highly qualified installer do your installation will pay off bigtime. People need to understand the importance of regularly scheduled maintenance on their hvac equipment. I am not saying that wm boilers have been trouble free, what I am saying is that a lot of problems stem from the installation. People!!!- If it isn't installed right, how can you expect it to run right! My experience has been when I have had issues with wm boilers, I got great response through my distributor and made it right with my homeowners. When buying expensive equipment-take care of it! These comments are coming from an installers standpoint. No other brand is without problems, my advise to mr./mrs. homeowner is do your research on your product and definitely do your research on your installing contractor. I sleep well at night knowing that I have WEIL-McLAIN ULTRA 80 boilers in my own house as well as in all of my rentals.
Date created: 2011-05-12
Location: Los Angeles, CA
"Possibly the best boiler I have ever purchased. Reliable, efficient, money saver!"
I have owned my Ultra Series gas boiler for about a year now. What I really like about the boiler is that it is efficient. Well-McLain includes Venturi mixing bodies in this piece of equipment which allows for gas and air to be combined more thoroughly. In times like these, efficiency is important. Another key factor that I like about this boiler is its reliability. No matter what the conditions, this boiler has always been reliable in times of need. What I dislike about the boiler is that the aluminum body dents easily. Thankfully, the dents are easy enough to pop out. If this boiler ever goes bad, which I doubt it will since it has not let me down so far, I would definitely buy the same brand again. If a friend was searching for a boiler, I would highly recommend Well-McLain boilers. They make quality boilers that are becoming more and more efficient.
Date created: 2011-04-08
Name: John Smith
Years owned: 5
Bad news. In 5 years, the blower has been replaced, the heat exchanger had to be replaced, and this is the third control board. Good clean power, good clean grounds but the board still goes out every 6 months or so. Putting another new one in Monday but the tech is not sure why they keep going out. The engineer has been out here and yet they cannot figure out why. My advise go with a different brand.
Date created: 2010-01-05
Years owned: 2
Do not buy Weil-McLain Ultra Boilers! They do not work and Weil-McLain will not stand behind them. We have had one for 2 years that has not run correctly since it was put in. Weil-Mclain reps were out to look and verified it was installed correctly but it still will not work properly. WM's course of action is to blame the contractor who put it in even though they have already verified that the install was correct.
Other Ultra Reviews
Comments about Weil McLain gas boilers on HVAC-Talk message boards and heating contractor sites are generally positive:
- In one hvac-talk.com forum, one service tech says that the circulator problem on one Weil McLain furnace is due to a bad motor. Heat is strong in every location except one. This heater is strong and persistent, but the circulator requires attention.
- In another hvac-talk.com forum, another tech observes that the Weil McLain boiler works very well, especially through 3-way valves, and produces considerable heat. A couple of other forum guests agreed with this assessment.
- In yet another hvac-talk.com forum, both techs and guests agree that Weil McLain provides good multiple relay distribution, providing that the circulator and thermostats are up to par.
Weil McLain boilers have a 15-year limited warranty on residential models with a 5-year "ultra" protection plan (HPP). The limited warranty on commercial models is 15 years, without the "ultra" protection plan.