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Date created: 2010-12-19
Name: Steve - BELTLINE HEATING
Location: Grand Rapids MI
If you are having constant problems with any high eff. boiler then it is not installed properly. They also require yearly maintenance. The last persons post proves my point. Why did they have to turn the gas off to the house to service the boiler? And after having turned the gas off and back on why didn't they light all of the pilots. Sign of a bad service company. I have 9 year old Munchkin's that I service yearly and only yearly. I also pick up new customers every year that others have installed and have customers that are very upset with the product untill they have me do the repairs needed. Most of the problems with Munchkins have been related to improper venting. You can't go by the install manual. The intake MUST be seperated vertically by at least 18 inches. If the vent/intake are near an inside corner or alcove they need to have at least 3 ft of seperation. If you don't believe me stand downwind of your vent pipes on days with different wind conditions and ss how much exhaust gets sucked back in. IF the alluminum parts inside your boiler look chalky your boiler IS sucking up exhauxt gasses. The vent from your power vented water heater and your drier getting too close is also bad. When the boiler sucks up it's own exhaust it makes the condensate become very accidic and this can eat up the stainless steel that the boiler is made of. The exhaust gas vapors contain a lot of water vapor and acid. This will also attack the ignition control. Call the local distributor that sells Munchkin and see who they recommend. ( I am someone they reccomend in west Michigan.)
Date created: 2010-12-12
Name: K Lohr
"Freezing and broke"
Unbelievsble number of problems, 58 degrees tonight in our house. 7 year old munchkin.Service guys have been here so much they know where we keep the key and feed the dog. We were in need of putting our house on the market due to large medical bills/cobra for our son. Our realator rec replacing the octopus boiler, that always worked since 1923! Splurged on the munchkin, so disappointing. After the Fri service call the gas on all the pilots on the stove and oven were out 5 hours.Lots of gas floating around when I got home. Help, any suggestions, out of cash. KL
Date created: 2010-12-08
Name: A. B. Murray
Location: Earlysville, VA
"Junk, Junk, Junk, Junk + 11"
I'm so sorry I went with this boiler. It has been nothing but a pain in the ass since installation in 2002. I've spent countless hundreds of dollars every season chasing stupid faults. I don't care how efficient the damn thing is, every penny of savings is more than spent paying the overpriced HVAC contractor to come out and throw a new part into it (usually on the second trip because nobody stocks parts for these things). Stay clear of Munchkin; nothing but junk!!!!!!!
Date created: 2010-12-08
Name: Bob shenzle
This device saved us from nearly freezing, we had an old drum brand coal converted to oil steam boiler that had backfires on the burner. We finally replaced the unit. it worked fine, was actually 79.5% efficient, but the beckett burner would backfire and shut off every time it tried to start. (lock-outs were also a problem). so i went to a boiler supplier and got a good deal on a munchkin boiler, and installed it myself, I am quite handy. the thing worked fine, but the fan warning symbol (f14, I believe?) kept flashing. i went to see what the combustion air intake was like and was actually sucking like a vacuum. every body said it was impossible, but it happened. it was causing such a good draft that the PVC vent got too hot for operation and we had to have a steel pipe installed. it was excellent and reliable though, which is why I titled this "interesting". I do recommend it.
Date created: 2010-11-30
Name: J. Fontaine
Location: Southeast Massachusetts
The pros: we have saved on our energy bill when we replaced an ancient furnace with a Munchkin to heat 4 units in our 3 story Victorian. The cons: In addition to two repairs, one over $500, our 4 year old munchkin is very loud. Even when they temperatures go up, it seems to run constantly. The noise is obnoxious. Can anyone recommend a solution to silence this beast?
Date created: 2010-11-23
Name: Cal Nelson
Location: Shorewood, MN
"Piece of crap"
I've had our 140 Munchkin boiler for 9 years and ever since it was installed, it has been nothing but trouble. I have to reset it at least 20-30 times a year. I have to have someone watch our house like a hawk if we go out of state (Minnesota) in the winter. It is NOT reliable. I have a service contract on it and our HVAC guy and I are on a first name basis and we know all about each others families and what each other are doing all the time...just from the service calls. We have no contact outside of the service calls...proof enough??
Date created: 2010-11-23
Name: M. Crary
Location: Hutchinson, MN
"No Flame Detected Again!"
When my wife and I had our basement remodeled in 2004, we had a local heating and plumbing company install a new Munchkin boiler. While we have enjoyed its quietness and efficiency, we have not enjoyed its random propensity for stopping. In fact, its not running as I write this review. For this reason, because this "problem" with the boiler happens several times a year, my wife and I are very reluctant to leave our home for any length of time during the heating season for fear the furnace will stop running while we are away. Furthermore, the service calls to get it gong again are quite expensive. In all good conscience, we can not recommend this boiler at all!
Date created: 2010-11-20
Name: Erv Janzen
Location: Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada
"Not overally impressed"
We built our new house in 2003 and were told by our mechanical contractor that they would like to try a new boiler line in our place. This boiler was the Munchkin 80M. Well in the first heating season we had nothing but grief and more grief. We had the professionals in to set up the proper air and gas pressure, theyu changed the regulators, I replaced all the parts that for the F09 fault and it still continued. Finally some one suggested replacing the burner gasket and that did it. This was a brand new machine and the burner gasket was gone within the first couple of months? So ok this unit now wasa pretty good till last heating season and our fan motor went. Again we got the parts and replaced it all. It worked good last heating season, but this heating season, all of a sudden my circulating pump runs 24 / 7'sa unless I go manually shut it off. So I am wondering if there is anyone that is having that kind of a problem and what the fix might be. Due to all the problems I have had with this boiler, I would not recommend it to any consumer.
Date created: 2010-11-19
Name: L. Mower
Location: Bonney Lake, WA
"Munchkin high efficiency heater with 925 controller"
Build new home had boiler installed 3 years ago heater stopped working called the company that istalled the unit they told us they never seen one in such bad shape due to corrosion it is still under warranty but will cost us $1700 to put in the new one. We are being charge not only for labor but also to shipped the damaged one back to the company think this is rediculous.
Date created: 2010-11-14
This unit is awesome. My company installs 100s of these per year. The munchkin needs to be properly setup, Co levels on low fire and high fire must be properly set as well as one circulation pump and one feed pump. YES 2 PUMPS AND 100PPM ON HIGH FIRE FOR CO OR YOU WILL HAVE PROBLEMS. The biggest and ONLY PROBLEM WE SEE ON THESE IS NOT BEING PROPERLY INSTALLED OR ZERO MAINTENANCE.
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