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BURNHAM V7 Boiler

#8 of 11 BURNHAM Boilers

Updated: Apr 17, 2016

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Overview of the V7

The Burnham V7 is a discontinued oil-fired boiler with an AFUE of up to 86.2%. The V7 was configured for steam or hot water heating and was available as a fully-packaged or a knockdown unit. The cast iron sections and vertical flue were designed to extract the maximum amount of heat and maintain low draft losses. A lift-off side panel and burner swing door allowed for fast and easy serviceability. The V7 was available with an optional tankless heater.

Consumer Reviews of the BURNHAM V7

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    19


Date created: 2016-04-17 Name: D. Young
Location: Lee, NH

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Corporate crap"
I have a Burnham V-7 boiler that was installed in 1996. After 19 years in service mine has cracked like I am reading with so many others in this forum. I am willing to join a class action suit against Burnham, since they have known about this problem all along and continue to screw their customers.


Date created: 2016-01-30 Name: S. Szalewicz
Location: Sharon, CT

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Cheap cast iron construction"
My Burnham oil fired steam boiler is less than 17 years old, about half the expected lifetime, and it has burned through the cast iron boiler unit from the inside. Word from Burnham is that this is my problem due to water quality (mineral content). This boiler replaced a system that was still working and over 40 years old. This short and useful life for this boiler leads me to assume faulty engineering and construction. I'm replacing it with a Weil McLain.


Date created: 2015-11-18 Name: marty h
Location: Monroe, NY

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
"Positive review"
Just had a leak appear on the side of my Burnham V7. I've had it 24 years, so I guess it doesn't owe me anything. My plumber said he may be able to do a quick fix by putting sealant into boiler. Had done this before with others and lasted another 3 years. Go for it, I said.


Date created: 2015-10-19 Name: Alan Lathrop
Location: Bristol, VT

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"All Burnham V7 series are leakers"
About 20 years ago we were only installing Burnham boilers. They started leaking from a cracked section so Burnham would send a new block. We installed the blocks for no charge to our customers and after a while the company started kicking in $250 for our labor. Many of the new replacements we put in also leaked so Burnham updated them with heavier sections. That took care of the problem for a while so that now they last around 15 years and surprise, they start leaking. No more lifetime guarantee on the blocks so they will sell us a new bare block for the price that I can buy a complete boiler with a burner and controls. I would never buy another Burnham boiler. They should be shut down by the government for running a company like this.


Date created: 2013-12-20 Name: Joe Smith
Location: NewYork

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Burnham V7 and V8"
I am very unsatisfied with Burnham product. I owned v7 series (similar to v8) boiler for 16 years and found one section had developed crack just when cold season started. That made me very upset. I contacted Burnham and they said I have two options. Get credit of $6xx (prorated) for new Burnham boiler or I would have to purchase the block at discounted prise of $ 15xx and find someone to install. My current oil company installs only Burnham and they estimated to about $7k for new V8Hx boiler. I am just wondering if is it worth going with Burnham or just install different brand?


Date created: 2013-12-18 Name: Vicki Fontneau
Location: CT

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Burnham boiler"
This unit was supposed to have a lifetime warranty but that's a joke. It started leaking and they just want to give you a rebate on a new one!


Date created: 2013-01-12 Name: Leanne Cashman
Location: Enola PA

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
" Faulty boilers"
We built our house in 1991 and we now have to install our 3rd boiler!Our first boiler cracked in 2001 They gave us a credit of $800.00 My husband and father, who is a union pipefitter, installed the furnace. Now the second boiler is leaking, and we will have to replace this one. The most shameful part of this is that Burnham is still selling these boilers without redesigning them to remedy the problem! After reading the other reviews it seems to be the same issue, why can`t they figure this out? It seems they just don`t care.


Date created: 2012-02-23 Name: Annie K Hughes
Location: Hampstead, NH
Years owned: 9

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"V7 Casting defect"
The company that serviced my unit was aware of this defect since 2004 and continued to service my unit until this year and then said there was a defect and wanted $7500 to replace the Burnhan with another unit, because they said Burnham would not reimburse them for the products. I searched for someone who could replace my Furnace that would not require all plumbing changes and they ended up putting in another Burnham. I had to pay for the Burnham, and the installation and cannot get anyone at Burnham to return my calls or emails. If anyone knows who to contact for this I would appreciate it. I have all my original documents on the Burnham that was put in my house in 2002.


Date created: 2012-02-21 Name: Daryl Rockwell
Location: Colchester, CT
Years owned: 12

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Leaks and Burnham won't help"
Had a Burnham put in 12 yrs ago and noticed a bit of rust around the side panel starting a few years back. Blamed it on poor paint job. Two months ago began w/ small leak which is now pretty bad. Called Burnham and they won't help. Did a little research and this is a well documented problem.


Date created: 2012-02-13 Name: OIL SERVICE TECH
Location: Hartford, CT

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Job Security"
As a service tech in the Hartford,CT area with 30 years experience, I can give you my opinion of cast iron burnham boilers. The problem with leaking sections is mostly with the v7 series and some with the v8 series. If you have an older burnham v1 series (1980's) it will probably last forever as this was before the problem with bad castings (early 1990's to present). It is unfortunate that some homeowners have had to replace the boiler block one, two and yes, three times. If you have a leaking burnham v7 or v8 boiler, I would not bother to try to deal with Burnham, I would install either a Peerless or Buderus cast iron boiler. The probability of either of these boilers leaking is next to zero, and if there were an issue the manufacturer would stand behind the product. When Burnham bought American Standard many years ago, their product was much more durable than what they put out in the early nineties. It is unfortunate for Burham and even more so for the unlucky consumers stuck with an inferior product with a warranty that's useless and unfair. I would like to see what comes of Burnham's newest line such as the mpo in ten years or so, hopefully not a repetition of the v7 or V8's casting problems.


Date created: 2011-12-27 Name: Tom B
Location: Uxbridge, MA
Years owned: 11

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"V-7 series"
They suck, they leak and they won't honor their warranty. Just got a Weil McLean going in tomorrow.


Date created: 2010-12-27 Name: Hidden agendas
Location: CT

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"The american way of life"
I have 1998 Burnham v-75 replaced burner 2 seasons ago, rebuilt fire box 3 years ago- today heat exchanger is leaking (steam system) Furnace man says its time to replace the furnace $5,500-7000 installed. He says that Burnham uses imported assemblies in their furnaces from China and India to save $$$ and make $$$. With the $$$$$ they are making they can afford the occasional law suit. Unfortunately many other manufacturers are following the same path. Big business (US economy) can not survive producing a product that last 30 years -- failures are designed into the products to keep people employed -- That's the way it is and it's only going get worse, everything the american consumer needs and DEMANDS will only be available as long as we agree to pay up. Remember when TV was free? change the technology, convince the public it's great and everyone will eventually forget what they had and lost. It's called "free enterprise". Never have so many been controlled by so few.


Date created: 2010-03-23 Name: Fred Brown
Years owned: 16

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
"No problems"
I had a new Burnham v-7 installed in 1994. I'm happy to report that I've had absolutely no problems with it.


Date created: 2009-12-21 Name: Bob & Joanne
Years owned: 11

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"BURNHAM BOILERS are the WORST"
I have just had Petro in regarding a leak coming from Boiler. We bought the heating system through them and had them maintain the system all along. After three service calls, they finally removed the side panel and discovered the leak's coming through the cast iron block and say they have never seen that before. Wow! The reviews I am reading about the Burnham v7 and Petro are unbelievable. I am through with Petro and would be happy to join a class action suit against both Burnham and Petro.


Date created: 2009-11-23 Name: Kevin Strum
Years owned: 9

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Another Not-So-Happy Burnham Customer"
9 Years old and water leaking out of it. I'm told that it is common for Burnham v7 Series furnaces. So, do I repair it? My oil burner guys tell me to get as far away from Burnham as possible. I'll be ~$5000 in the hole, minus the $1500 it would have cost me to repair the other one. So, the additional $3500 may be worth it as long as no one ever uses the name Burnham in my house again. I assume the wonderful line of furnaces should put them out of business so anyway.


Date created: 2009-11-11 Name: MasterBlaster
Years owned: 6

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Very unsettling"
Too be honest I'm more worried about the units I put in friends' houses. When I built my house as a side job to finish my house I put several Burnham units in. Mine went as well as my cousins (just replaced two weeks ago) and one of the ones I put in went.They were 1996 V-7's and as with all of the ones I've seen they crack by the water coil and the lifting "ears". I can tell you the replacement units are noticeably heavier. I was told years back (when I did mine) that the castings were too thin so different expansion rates just fatigued the castings and they would crack. Sad really. You have some here trying to talk up Burnham while the most of us have been down the long expensive road. I think Weil Mcclain and Peerless are going to be my installs for now on.Sad I had a reverence for Burnham for so many years it really bothers me how they have fallen. I am insulted that another post talks of the "Made in USA" label....who cares? Garbage is garbage! When I was a kid we laughed at "Made in Japan"! Nobody's laughing today! We have to make with pride but also design like the engineers of old!!! (Note 6 years posted here was years of service first unit lasted: replacement in service since 2002 from removal of defective unit originally installed in 1996.


Date created: 2009-07-23 Name: BB
Years owned: 12

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"V7 leaks"
Installed a v73 12 years ago. This year it started leaking from a pinhole on the block. Burnham will either sell me a new block under their warranty for $680, and I pay labor and misc. Parts to install (approx $1500), or Burnham will give me a rebate of $675 towards a new furnace. Either way, it's too much money to spend on a furnace that should have lasted. I hear the V8's are having leak problems as well. Does anyone have any experience with the MPO's?


Date created: 2009-06-17 Name: Mike
Years owned: 12

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Terrible product, terrible company"
Suprise, suprise. Same exact leaking problem with my v7 as everyone else. No warranty coverage, not the original owner. A good company would have recalled a shoddy product with major, wide-spread manufacturing defects. Burnham should be standing behind their brand-name, and products, not hiding behind their warranty. You would think that they would get the picture after all the oil providers stopped selling their product, and after seeing all the unhappy, former Burnham customers calling, emailing and posting on this website. I also will never buy another Burnahm product.


Date created: 2009-03-25 Name: BURNHAM
Years owned: 9

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Burnham leaks"
The furnace is leaking right now and is not even 10 years yet. Unfortunately I am not the original owner and hence not covered under warranty. This is a v7 unit and I saw another person here posted the same complaint. I have a Weil-Mclain unit in my other house and has been functioning for the past 30+ years without any problems. I am done with Burnham. I intend look into the possibility of a class action suit.


Date created: 2009-02-25 Name: Howard Heidenstrom
Location: Berwick, ME
Years owned: 9

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"THE BERWICK WORM and Waste Systems"
My Burnham boiler lasted 9 years, which is a long time for this piece of junk. So its still under warranty. Whoopie I still have to pay labor. Add a new twist, Burnham no longer makes the v7 boiler so they are sending me a v8 which is new and updated. What they dont say is the v8 needs additional piping and parts. $1500.00 installed. What a deal. Meanwhile no heat in Feb in Maine.


Date created: 2009-01-31 Name: J Hanley
Location: Groton, CT

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
"Distributor in Connecticut"
Burnham did have a problem with their v-7 series oil fired boiler. There is no debating this. Unfortunately every manufacturer has at some time or another had a problem with products they manufacture. It's how they deal with this problem that separates "the men from the boys". With over 25 years in heating wholesale business I've seen no other boiler manufacturer stand behind their product, dealers, and end user as well as Burnham has. It's true that if you are not the original purchaser of the boiler there is no warranty, but Burnham does offer these people a substantial rebate, some over $1000, toward the purchase of a new Burnham boiler. Have you ever bought a used car and had a problem? When you brought it to the dealer I'm sure he offered to give you a new car, right? Burnham continues products among the best in the world in both the residential and commercial market segments and I will continue to sell them with confidence.


Date created: 2009-01-06 Name: J. Ren
Location: Boston, MA
Years owned: 9

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Barely 10 years old and it leaks badly"
My Burnham v7 boiler is barely 10 years old and it leaks badly. I am not the original owner, so I cannot have the warranty. It is not fair. I have to pay for >$5000. Is there anything we could do? A class suit?


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Other V7 Reviews

There are several posts on doityourself.com concerning leaks due to cracks in the cast iron boiler. This problem is also mentioned several times on hvac.talk.com and heatinghelp.com. The cause, according to some professionals replying on the posts, is usually a fluctuation in water temperature.

V7 Warranty

The warranty for the Burnham V7 boiler was comprised of the following:

  • Lifetime True-Blue limited warranty on water boilers and 10 years on the steam heat exchanger

A 5- or 10-year warranty on parts and labor was available when purchased through a member of America's Home Heating Team.

 
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