Burnham Series 2 Boiler
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Overview of the Series 2
The Burnham Series 2 is a currently manufactured boiler produced by the US Boiler company. This model carries an 80-84 % AFUE rating, and has been in production for a number of years. The Series 2 is a gas-fired boiler with a cast iron heat exchanger. The boiler can be installed to use either natural or propane gas. The base of the boiler is steel, for durability and reliability, and can be configured for many different installation scenarios.
Date created: 2018-12-21
Name: Keith F
Location: La Crosse, WI
"I am happy with it!"
I had my current boiler installed in 2009. The only issue I ever had with it was a circulating pump needed to be replaced in 2018. I get my unit serviced annually. It looks and works like it is brand new. My boiler always heats my house efficiently during some brutal Wisconsin winters. I think a lot of problems people have with any HVAC equipment is improper installation. It does not matter how good the equipment is. It will have problems if the install is substandard. My HVAC guy does a good job with that stuff. Anyway, I see an equal a fairly equal number of people who like this product as compared to the number who hate it. Maybe, I got lucky and got a good unit. Maybe, people complaining had bad installs or got defective units. Who knows? There are so many variables.
Date created: 2018-10-27
Name: Tim West
Location: North Idaho
We bought a 1925 craftsman home 11 years ago. It has a Burnham 204 Series 2 boiler, which was installed in 1987. The only problem we have encountered is just this week, it seems our igniter has gone out. Of course all our contractors are busy, but one will be coming on Sunday - we have been blessed with warm weather this fall in North Idaho, so the temps haven't gone below freezing much yet and have actually been able to keep our house warm with radiant oil heaters until then. We have been contemplating installing an electric boiler and revamping the plumbing to our radiators. Our electricity is much cheaper than natural gas. I am happy to see the satisfied customers commenting about the longevity of these boilers and weighing the difference between the more efficient simple ones, compared to the newer, complicated ones. When we do replace our 96,000 btu boiler, we will probably go larger because this old house had a substantial addition in 2000, but Burnham will be top of the list!
Date created: 2017-11-15
"Horrible product, worse customer service"
Two burnham boilers in the span of 12 year’s-total crap product. Contacted us boilers-Richard householder- to discuss warranty. We sent him clear pictures of the block which is leaking and rusted. He refused to honor the warranty and basically told us that we would have to ship the block to their warehouse so that they could view it and determine if it was a faulty boiler!! He also said it would most likely not be covered under warranty. December in Massachusetts without a boiler- really???? Terrible customer service, lack of follow up and poor attitude were evident in the two conversations I had with this man- useless. Steer clear of any Burnham product unless you like to throw your money out the window!
Date created: 2017-02-12
Location: Long Island, NY
"Installed in 1995, Still Works Perfectly"
I installed a Burnham Series 2 Model 204 in 1995 for my gas hot water heating system. It has never had a single issue in 23 years. It's not the most efficient design, at about 82% efficiency, but high efficiency (condensing) boilers cost twice as much. I spend about $1000 a year to heat my home, I'll gladly give up about $100 in annual savings versus a condensing model for a bullet proof cast iron boiler that lasts 20+ years, and it would take about that long to justify the additional cost of a high efficiency condensing boiler. If you're considering a new gas boiler, calculate the actual cost of getting that last 10% efficiency, it may take years and years to make back your investment in heating cost savings, and condensing boilers have a much more complicated design. I've found my simple old-school Burnham cast iron boiler to be very vert reliable. If and when it finally fails I won't hesitate to replace it with the exact same design.
Date created: 2016-03-28
Location: Dryden, NY
"Burnham P204--Natural gas"
I have owned my boiler for 1 year and have had no problems with the unit although when it was installed the directions were quite vague and my wife and I took about 4 hours to install the unit. Nothing so far has needed a repair and the unit to this day looks brand new. It seems to be a very well put together unit and even our friend who is a house inspector is looking into getting one. My wife owns a store also and we are looking in to replacing her boiler with this one because of the cost and ease of use. Also, there was a 1 year warranty that came with the boiler so it gave us some reliance that if something did happen to go wrong the company would easily send us parts to fix it or send us a new unit. We bought this unit because it had high reviews online and they were correct! This boiler was definitely worth the money and we would buy it again if we needed another boiler in our store or elsewhere.
Date created: 2016-01-28
Name: John Catalfomo
Location: Merrick, NY
"Save your money"
Can you imagine having a boiler that is only 16 months old and breaks down and you had to pay $600.00 for the repair? You call up customer service and they all but tell you to drop dead because your warranty is up. Do yourself a big favor and do a better job of researching before you get a Burnham. As a matter of fact buy any other brand and you will be better off. What a giant disappointment. Live and learn. Learn from my stupidity.
Date created: 2016-01-04
Location: Albuquerque, NM
"BURNHAM Series 2 Boiler Review"
I purchased my Burnham Series 2 boiler in October of 2013. After over two years with it, I haven't experienced a single problem. The best thing about this boiler is how dead-quiet it has been when compared with my last boiler. When it comes down to it, all we're really concerned with in a boiler is that it does its job effectively and doesn't break down, and the Series 2 is a five-star boiler in that regard. I really can't offer a negative thing to say about this boiler. I would certainly buy again and be willing to recommend this boiler to a friend -- it does its job well and I have not had to spend a dime on repairs in the life of this boiler. The peace of mind I have knowing it is consistent in its performance is well worth the cost many times over. I definitely recommend this boiler if you are looking for a silent workhorse.
Date created: 2015-12-28
Location: Philly pa
"My review on my boiler"
I've owned my boiler for about 2 years now and I haven't had a single problem with it. One of the main reasons I like it is because it's pretty quiet compared to my last one. The reason I didn't give it "Very Satisfied" is because it is a power hog. And yes I would recommend this boiler to a family or friend, mainly because I haven't had to replace or repair any parts in this boiler. It seems like it will last forever. I'm so pleased with the "old school" type of boiler. It is worth every cent I saved. In my area the newer technology would not pay for itself. This one will (many times over) if it lasts the 30 years that the one I replaced did. In the end, well worth the money.
Date created: 2015-11-06
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
"Burnham Boiler Review"
I have owned my Burnham cast iron boiler for four years. I love that it heats my house quickly. The price was also a plus. We also noticed that our utility bill decreased while using this boiler. My husband had his plumber friend install the boiler and he said it was very easy to install. We have never had any issues with our boiler. We have recommended this boiler to a few neighbors and will continue to recommend this boiler in the future. Great product!
Date created: 2015-10-09
Location: Danbury, CT
"Gets the job done"
Not a bad boiler for the price. I personally think boilers in general are too expensive - I paid 2500 bucks for my Burnham P204 a few weeks ago. Bought it online since Home Depot and Lowe's had ridiculous prices. Installation was a bit of a pain, it took my guys a few days. I was replacing an old Burnham that had a few decades under its belt, and saw pretty good reviews for this one. The only place it was lacking was longevity, but I had two Burnhams before this, and they lasted about as long as they should have and their performance stayed relatively consistent. Even though it's a newer model, it still has that "old school" reliability and toughness, something that the newer type of technology will not get for you. If this thing can last as long and do as well as my old one, I'll be satisfied. Good overall.
Date created: 2015-04-06
Location: Johnstown, PA
"Very efficent furnace love it."
We have owned the furnace for about 6 years. I like that it is efficient and hadnt given me any problems at all. I never had a need for anyone to come and work on it because it works wonderfully. I dislike how big it is, it takes up a lot of space. I never had to have it repaired or replaced it really is a good furnace. It has been a fantastic furnace and I would buy it again if i had to have another furncae however I would also like to find something that doesnt take up so much room. It is a reliable furnace and I would reccomend it to a friend. I am interested in looking at electric base heaters in the future. Gas is so expensive and I would like to go all electric someday. I also worry about my furnace catching things I have around it on fire, but other than that it really is a great furnace.
Date created: 2015-03-27
Location: Baltimore, MD
"I completely love my Burnham Efficient and Economical Gas-Fired Hot Water Home Heating System"
I completely love my gas boiler. It is maintenance free. I had it install 17 years ago. I like that I have never had to have it serviced. At this time there is nothing I dislike about it. This unit replaced an very old oil heating system that was not working. I would definitely buy this system again and again and would also refer this unit to a friend. This was one investment as a homeowner that was really important and that I have really appreciated over the years. I also had a hot water heater installed with this unit and they have both worked without any break downs. I was a new homeowner at the time this boiler was purchased and the qualified heating contractor I hired customized this heating system to my needs. This boiler has been reliable for heating my home over the years and I'm very grateful. I've never had to call a service technician to have it repaired or had any problems with this unit.
Date created: 2014-11-24
Location: Bellingham, WA
"Series 2 Model 204NCL runs great! Make sure it is installed correctly."
My Burnham Series 2 Model #204NCL-TEI22 (Nov 2010, standing-pilot) is running great. I couldn't be happier. Reading the reviews here, it is obvious that many units were not installed correctly. The installer must set up a pipe with a valve leading directly from the hot-water outlet pipe right back into the cold-water inlet pipe (the DIY-er might never think of this, or think it odd.) The valve should be set partway open in order to feed hot water back into the boiler (mixed with the incoming cool water) in order to keep the water in the boiler above 130 F. Otherwise, if cold water (from the floor pipes before they warm up) enters the boiler it causes condensation, which causes rust, which causes leaks and metal or electrical failures. Also, for radiant-floor (hydronic) systems, the boiler's internal thermostat should be set as low as possible; the lowest on mine is 140 F, so it's set there. The ventilation system fit right into that of the old boiler that it replaced -- a 5" single-wall aluminum vent. So no new holes were required in the roof or wall, no new chimney lining was needed, etc. Just hooked up the vent pipe and it was good to go. My Burnham Series 2 is quiet, reliable, quickly heats water, no problems, all good so far! :-) I'd definitely recommend and buy a Burnham Series 2 again. It's not quite as efficient as some of the newer model condensing units, but so much simpler!
Date created: 2014-07-14
Name: C. Lewis
Location: North Kingstown, RI
"LEAKS and More Leaks"
This boiler was recommended but has turned out to be terrible. The boiler was about 7 years old when it developed a leak. When a plumber took the side of the furnace off, all the connections in between the chambers where completely rusted (this was in November). We had been planning on converting to gas in the spring so we hoped it would make it through the winter. On New Years Eve, the furnace's other side started leaking. When the panels were removed, the chambers had large cracks in them and every time the furnace would cycle, pints of water would come out. We had to buy a used furnace to make it through the winter until we could convert to gas. We called Burnham and asked how a furnace that was less than 10 years old and had never gotten wet (a dry basement) could rust out so badly. They didn't care. Eventually they offered a $1000 toward the purchase of a new Burnham Oil Furnace. Obviously we didn't take that. No way this furnace should have failed. My further research should that this has been an on going problem with this series and if it lasted 10 years, you were lucky. Extremely poor design and subpar materials. Stay away from Brunham furnaces.
Date created: 2012-02-02
Name: T. Ryan
Location: Cape Cod
Years owned: 14
"DO NOT BUY BURHAM BOILERS"
Boiler must have leaked from the block for years. Finally rotted through the threaded rod that held block sections together leaked every where. Burnham will not even stand behind a portion of their warranty which is supposed to be 25 years. Bad company bad product.
Date created: 2010-03-22
Name: M. Gibson
Location: New Hampshire
Years owned: 1
Bought a home in New Hampshire with Burnham Series 2 boiler. Boiler was manufactured in March 2005. Owned home less than 4 weeks when I noticed a bit of water around the corners of the boiler. A local plumber confirmed a hairline crack in the block. He said that has dealt with Burnham for years and that they would replace it under warranty. What a joke! First, they offered me $300 toward the purchase of a new Burnham Boiler. Then, they said they would replace the block, jacket, and canopy; but I would need to pay $50 for shipping plus the cost to have it all installed. I replaced the boiler with a different brand. Now, I'm trying to get the parts they offered so that a local contractor can install them and put this boiler in a home that currently doesn't have central heat; but now Burnham is reneging on that offer. Stay as far away from this company as you CAN. They are not honorable.
Date created: 2010-01-01
Years owned: 12
I had the Burnham Series 2 boiler installed in 1996. Ran fine until this November when I noticed water around the boiler. My heating man told me that the boiler is cracked and will have to be replaced. When I contacted Burnham about the limited warranty, I was initially told that I would only have to pay 85% of the cost of a new boiler if it was determined to be a manufacturers defect. Well, we all know that it is a defect in the casting. Now, they are offering to replace the block. I will have to pay $800 plus shipping & handling, and of course all the labor to remove the old block & install the new one. When I asked for a credit towards a more efficient boiler, one that would meet the requirements for the federal tax credit, I was offered $ 467. What happened to 85% of the average retail price of the boiler? You would think Burnham would do whatever they can to keep customers happy. Apparently not. I will probably replace the unit with a Weil-McLain or a Buderus boiler.
Date created: 2009-12-18
Name: J Strehlow
Years owned: 2
"Bad Ignition Module"
I replaced my 26 year old boiler 2 years ago with a Burnham Series 2 unit at a cost of over $4,000 as parts were no longer available for the old unit and it was rusting out but not leaking yet. A few days ago, the temperature in the house would drop to 9 degrees or so below the thermostats setting before the unit would kick in. I could hear the unit trying to fire up but it would stop and then try again in 5 minutes or so. I called Center Point Energy where I had purchased the unit and they told me I could have an appointment in a week and a half to have someone come out! I called another company who installs Burnahm units and they said that there have been problems with that series and he was pretty sure he knew what the solution was. They came out and replaced the Hiney ignition module and it fired right up. The problem is that the warranty for anything outside of the actual boiler was only for 1 year. He said he would try to get me a refund from Burnham on the $200 bad part made by Honeywell but couldn't guarantee it but Burnham had made good on that part in a few cases last year eventhough they were out of warranty. Total cost with labor and service call was over $400. We'll see what happens but so far, it has been a Honeywell issue for me.
Date created: 2007-11-17
Name: Chuck Doyle
Location: Bucks County, PA.
Years owned: 35
I just replaced my Burnham (Holiday) gas boiler which was installed in 1970 so it was 37 years old and no efficent enough. I replaced with another Burnham boiler the (Series 2). It's a simple boiler 130K BTU not much to go wrong. Some of the reviews I read have me a bit concerned but tie will tell!
Other Series 2 Reviews
A homeowner writes in to diychatroom.com to ask about two different models of Burnham gas boilers. The Series 2 boiler is the simpler design of the two being compared; the other model has a slightly higher efficiency rating. The experts are divided on which one is better, but all seem to agree on the reliability of Burnham boilers.
A Minneapolis resident asks for boiler brand recommendations on doityourself.com. The
resident mentions Burnham and the Series 2, which receive praise from the contractors on the forum. The experts do mention that Burnham offers some more efficient models, but the Series 2 is considered very reliable, and does not often need repairs.
The forum heatinghelp.com contains posts offering both positive and negative reviews for
Burnham boilers. Several contractors mention that Burnham has more efficient models than
the Series 2, but a trustworthy technician can help you decide which model is the best for your application.
Burnham Series 2 Model Numbers
The Series 2 is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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Series 2 Warranty
U. S. Boiler offers a one-year limited warranty on their gas boilers, including parts and
accessories. The heat exchanger is covered based on a sliding scale of how many years it has
been in service. The company encourages owners to register their new boilers, but it is not
necessary for the warranty to be in effect.