Consumer Reviews of DUNKIRK boilers
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Date created: 2014-11-12 Name: Brad D.
Location: St. Paul, MN
"No problems for me"
I bought this boiler in 1990, installed it myself (removed an old converted coal unit), and added a manifold and 4 zone valves. I have had no problems that I was not able to fix easily. In 2010, it seemed to not be as efficient as it was previously. I checked it out and the heat exchanger sections were completely clogged and surrounded by carbon buildup. My fault, as my wood shop is adjacent to the boiler and sawdust had been sucked into the unit. With some scraper work, some heavy wires, a vacuum cleaner and air compressor, I was able to clean it out in a few hours and it now works better than ever. The only issue I have had is the ignition wire falling off the ignitor under the burner. I have now added a wire to keep it from falling off. For the price and the excellent service life I have had, I'd recommend it. In Minnesota, it gets used a lot! 24 years says a lot.
Date created: 2014-03-05 Name: Paul
Location: Yonkers NY
"DON'T DO IT!"
I purchased this from Sears because they convinced me that I would save money on heating! They were correct I don't use any gas now to heat my home because this unit just doesn't work! I have not been able to have a winter season with a functioning boiler. Now it has broken twice this week. Always the same part coupling or water shut off... The coupling is about a $12.00 part with $200 towards the emergency repair call. I have called Sears out of warranty !Dumbkirk! says we have nothing to do with it contact Sears ... I give up ! I total waste of money and years of aggravation... So glad I tried to do the right thing a save energy and buy American made... Very expensive learned.
Date created: 2013-07-22 Name: harry purt
Location: oswego ny
Bend panels on boiler, waited 7 weeks for new ones that never came. I finally returned the boiler to the dealer. If they cannot take of panel problem. What if you had a major problem? I am a retired pipe fitter and will let other fitters know about the problem I had with this product. I will never buy this product again.
Date created: 2013-03-02 Name: S. Cosmos
Location: Boston, MA
"Another Broken Block!! 2 Down!!"
Bought this new boiler 11 years ago and replaced the first block after five years and the second block lasted six years. They replaced the first block but I paid $2300 for installation. Now here I am awaiting facing the next install bill and not sure if the block is warranted.
Date created: 2012-11-04 Name: Donna Sweet
Location: Manchester CT
"Four Boilers in 9 years"
Brand new boiler in December 2003. In 2007 it blew a hole in it. They replaced it with the same make and model. Of course we pay for installation - $800.00. In January 2012 the third boiler again blew a hole in it. Makes sense -same make and model of the first two defective boilers. Why would the third boiler be any different? I could expand greatly on this! Bottom line these boilers were defective but yet they were still distributed regardless. I personally hope anyone who reads this passes this comment along with all the other negative reviews this company has had which totally supersedes the positive reviews.
Date created: 2011-11-16 Name: Angelica Berasategui
Location: New Jersey
Years owned: 7
"Don't trust Sears"
I bought a Dunkirk oil boiler through Sears 7 years ago. The unit worked fine until a few days ago when smoke started coming out. I called a technician because the Sears extended warranty had already expired (which I understand). The technician said that the heater exchanger is not working so we actually need to replace it. I called Sears and they don't seem to understand that when they purchased the unit, Dunkirk automatically provides them a 12 years warranty on the unit that we don't see because it's through wholesaler contract. Now, Sears don't want to help us because our extended warranty expired. They are so wrong, and it's Sears responsibility to replace the unit for us because we bought it from them not Dunkirk and the unit still has 12 years warranty. Sears is messing with the wrong people here and pretty soon they will find out if they don't help us. I will make it public, through internet and tv. I already contacted my lawyer, just to be ready so hopefully they move fast. The winter is around the corner...so just wait and see! By the way, I will never buy in Sears again.
Date created: 2011-10-07 Name: Micola
Location: Drexel Hill, PA
Years owned: 3
I was very happy to see that other people are also getting screwed by the Dunkirk company!!! This will be our 3rd boiler in 6 years since we got the first one. They will not stand behind their product and are always first to blame the installer. It could never be their product which is faulty (heaven forbid)!!! I always have the same installer, our plumber who has been in the business for 25 years do the work plus Dunkirk won't even come to the house to view the damage. They always pass the buck to someone else. I would never recommend this Dunkirk 3ES1.35C boiler to anyone!!!
Date created: 2011-04-19 Location: Huntsville, Alabama
"Dunkirk is not solid"
Sears boiler certified by Dunkirk is no good. The original home owner installed the boiler in 2003. On January 28, 2008 the boiler blew smoke and soot all over my house, we could not breath. The boiler still has the warranty by Dunkirk. Both parties fail to help fix the problem. Dunkirk wants Sears to fix the problem, Sears does not want to fix the problem. Sears want us to pay them $4,145 to replace the boiler. Sears installed the boiler wrong which caused the boiler to crack. We have been without heat for 13 days, we are located in Huntsville.
Date created: 2011-04-19 Location: Buffalo, NY
"My Home Heating Boiler"
I love my home boiler. This Dunkirk boiler has not had any problems since I've owned it (which has been over 5 years). The previous owners had this boiler for three years before my family moved in. This boiler gives me constant heat when I need it without tearing apart my check book. This boiler has also kept my check book in good shape, because I have not paid any repair bills for it.My boiler is a nice blue color, and not some poop color that I would want to hide. The size of my boiler is medium but it is a little too clunky, So I do not have a ton of space to work out and kill Nazi Zombies in my basement. Next time I will need a new boiler, Dunkirk will be my choice. I have never heard of Dunkirk boilers previous of my moving in, but I think I will remember it next time I think of boilers.
Date created: 2011-03-28 Name: Gordon
Years owned: 6
"Cannot light pilot light"
PWX-4vnb2 Cannot light pilot light. Called company. Technician stated that only a professional should light it. mmmmm Called professional, he did the work previously, he stated that there is a problem with design. He dismantles cabinet to light pilot light. Do you know when state government will close this company down?
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