PEERLESS Purefire Boiler
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Overview of the Purefire
The Peerless Purefire is a gas-fired condensing boiler series for residential and commercial applications. Reaching up to 95 percent AFUE, this series meets Energy Star standards for efficiency and offers a small footprint, with select models standing only 36 inches tall.
The Purefire is available in nine sizes, including six residential models ranging in heating outputs from 47 to 195 MBH. Features include a modulating burner for increased efficiency, stainless steel burner and heat exchanger and a condensate neutralizer system.
A direct-vent with sealed combustion, enhanced control board features, eco-friendly LoNOx operation and a stainless steel cabinet are additional components to this series. The Purefire also has outdoor reset capability and can be configured for natural or LP gas. Every unit is factory tested before shipment.
Date created: 2016-06-21
Name: Steve Sipos
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
I converted from a 20-year-old oil-fired boiler to a Peerless Purefire modulating condensing natural gas boiler in November 2008. I have been completely satisfied with the performance and savings recognized by converting and selecting the Peerless brand. The boiler is quiet, clean and very cost effective. The original investment was $8,000 installed by Sigma Tremblay of Wappingers Falls, NY. My savings to date, oil vs. natural gas, has been approximately $14,000. Much of the savings was recognized when the heating oil was nearly $4.00 a gallon. I am at least $6,000 ahead. Domestic hot water is also provided via a side arm heater. The baseboard heat would bang when the oil boiler circulated hot water. The banging was gone immediately with the new boiler. I have recommended the Peerless brand to quite a number of individuals.
Date created: 2016-01-30
Name: Tom C
Location: Upper Saddle River, NJ
"Garbage would be an upgrade"
We installed this boiler 4 years ago and it has been one problem after the other. Ignitor errors (this I can fix in my sleep now and keep two spares for swap out), blocked vent switch, float switch, lock out errors, and now a fried control board and guess what! No parts to be had!! I paid over $10,000 all in for this and ripped out my chimney to boot as I didn't need it anymore. Well, in retrospect I wish I kept it and i would put in a 80% efficient in a heartbeat.. At least I wouldn't have to worry about substandard electronics and crappy customer support. People...this is a real review from a real customer (engineer as well) and please steer far away from this company. This is the kind of thing that gives "Made in America" a bad name. Shameful.
Date created: 2015-10-22
Location: Bethlehem, PA
"Worst boiler ever"
I have had this boiler for 3 years and every year something goes wrong with it; doesn't fire, lock out codes, and all kinds of other issues and error codes. Now I have to replace the pricey control module. I am at the point that I would throw it out if I didn't pay so much for it. Calling Peerless does not help. They try to give you other options that involve technicians which, yes, you guessed it, you have to pay out of pocket, and guess what? They find issues and no one will take care of it. Now my control module went. Really. I cant even take vacations in the winter because I already had frozen pipes twice because the boiler wasn't working while I was away. Thanks Peerless for this expensive piece of crap you put out.
Date created: 2015-09-14
Name: T. Bianco
Location: Andover, NJ
"Don't install an optional low water cutoff!"
I have read all of the bad reviews here and there are two things I found common with all of them. First, they all had their boilers installed by a professional. And second, they all seem to be having the same continuous problem - ignition failure. And everyone who is having this problem says they try to reset it and it will not reset. Well, that's probably because the professionals they hired installed an optional low water cutoff switch that detects water flow inside the water piping at the boiler which acts as an interlock to protect the boiler if there is a low water condition detected. These low water cutoffs use a small paddle-style toggle switch that is pushed by the water flow inside the pipe to close the contact sending a 24 vac signal to the switch and back to the boiler controller letting the boiler know that there is water in the system. The problem with these switches is they corrode and fail easily, often causing a false alarm and shutting down the boiler because the boiler thinks there is a low water condition. So you can try to reset it all you want, it will not reset as long as the low water cut off switch is stuck open and the boiler thinks there is a low water condition. The boiler is actually doing what it is supposed to do. It's the low water cutoff switch that is causing your problems. And if you have hard water it will cause the low water cutoff switch to corrode and fail sooner and more often then if you are using a water softener. So if you do not want to take the low water cutoff switch apart to check and clean it several times during the winter each year, then I recommend not using a low water cutoff switch at all. I don't and I never had a problem. As long as you have a working pressure gauge just check it regularly and make sure you have at least 12 psi always when your boiler is running. As long as your gauge is showing low pressure then there is water in the system. It is a closed system so it would take a while for the system to go completely dry before the pressure on the gauge would go to 0. Another sign of low water would be the water pipes knocking and banging because of air in the pipes. Also, your baseboards will not be getting as warm as they should because water would stop circulating normally. So as long as you check these things regularly you should have no problems and your boiler will not shut down like it has.
Date created: 2015-06-16
Name: R. S.
Location: New Jersey
"I will sell you my furnace"
I echo the comments of the unsatisfied. Our experience with a Peerless Purefire furnace has been terrible. Many experts have come to our house to fine tune the unit. It works until it doesn'T. Peerless corporate service is horrible-- perhaps the only company I know that does not publish a customer service number -- and if you're clever enough to find a corporate number, they refuse to speak with homeowners. And that's what the Internet is for-- to let the public know to stay away. That said, I will happily sell any of you reading this review my furnace. A Purefire PF-399. Now about 4 years old and in as good condition as it ever was. Cost me $15000 to install. New the unit is $9000. Yours for only $2000. I'm in northern NJ. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seriously. I want to buy another brand.
Date created: 2015-04-16
Name: CARLO MORAIS
Location: Ocean County, NJ
After 6 months of a good job keeping up with the winter and keeping the house warm, the fan blower gave up. After calling Peerless I learned that this specific fan blower doesn't like water and might break down on me. Well, why would they put this blower on the bottom of everything? And the kicker is they told me after 6 months of use that I'm not covered; I will have to pay. So if anyone is planning to do something against this company please let me know, thanks. P.S. - Don't buy Peerless.
Date created: 2015-04-05
Location: United States
Professionaly installed 2 years ago. Regular lockout alarm from no ignition. Resets required. No flame no ignition. Would never buy or recommend!
Date created: 2015-03-14
Location: DuBois, PA
This unit was professionally installed in June 2011 by our area's largest and most reputable hvac dealer. The cost was over $10,000. In the first 2-1/2 years it failed 18 (!) times. Twice, "factory reps" were here to re-install. It is professionally serviced every year. And it failed again this winter for the 20th time, three months after the last service. As others have stated, we, too, cannot leave the house for long because we never know when it will fail. This is horrible! When I complained to the HVAC company, they were upset with ME because I complained. I chose them (the highest bidder) because they promised to carry all parts all the time. Three times they did not have the necessary part. In addition, the owner admitted that he is having problems with this brand, but it's not his fault. He said I should take it up with Peerless. Really? That's how he stands behind his work? He knows that there are many similar situations throughout the USA with Peerless, but Peerless is doing nothing to help. I contacted three other HVAC companies to evaluate the boiler/installation and to get estimates to replace. Each commented on very much the same, somewhat minor installation methods. More importantly, each said that if it was something that he installed, by the third failure he would have replaced it and taken up the matter directly with the manufacturer. Does anybody know if there is a class action suit/settlement? I would join in that.
Date created: 2015-03-07
Name: Kathleen Foley
Location: Ulster Park, NY
"What a lemon - do not buy"
Since purchase in August, 2009, this gas boiler has been trouble. At least 3-4 times a year, we get an ignition error - "ignit error". The reset button does not help. The plumber has been here at least a dozen times, replacing the wick, cleaning the ignition, and various other maneuvers. This is a lemon, do not buy it.
Date created: 2015-01-24
Name: P Donaldson
Location: Gurnee, Illinois
"Believe the negative reviews--huge fail"
Peerless- pf-210 High efficiency unit ($9000) was installed 5 months ago to replace 50+ year old gas furnace heating house with hot water. Suddenly and without warning house became cold. Reading code said "Fan Speed Error" System locked. Technician came out and thinks it needs new combustion blower. This is the weekend, middle of winter. Have to wait until Monday to order parts. Space heaters keeping house livable. Reading reviews now and they all sound so familiar. I think a class action suit is on the horizon for Peerless.
Date created: 2014-12-26
Name: Sore finger
Location: Macungie, PA
"Persistent flame failure A02"
This boiler was installed by a large, well-advertised professional heating outfit in 2009. It worked as expected the first year. Year 2, there was no heat on the first cold day. The outdoor sensor circuit no longer worked. The sensor itself and the wiring were okay. Fast forward to 2014, where the PF-110 has A02 flame failures. The same large, well-advertised heating outfit replaced both the ignitor and flame sensor at $800. It was $400 just for the two parts which were marked up 4x in price. They wrote down 88% efficiency on their service notes. The next morning, it still had same flame sensor A02 lockout. I need to hit the reset button on a daily basis to keep the turd running. I had to fire the large, well-advertised professional heating outfit due to a lack of funding.
Date created: 2014-12-06
Name: Ken Fenske
Location: Quakertown, PA
"Worse than crap"
When the boiler was first installed, I spent 11 weeks without heat or hot water. I learned to boil water on the sink to wash my hair and go to neighbors for a shower every couple of days. Eventually, I had to drain the water lines and abandon the house through Christmas. A factory specialist eventually came and then they replaced the boiler. During heating season I expect to have to go into the basement and reset it because of lockout errors on a weekly basis. You get used to it; it feels cold in the house and with no hot water, and then then you pray that the reset works instead of having to go a week without heat or hot water. After that, about once a year this suffers total failure, usually in winter of course. Often it's the $600 blower fan, although the main circuit board has failed twice as well. On the second replacement of the main board, I got one where they have it try resetting itself hundreds of times because of the constant failure of the sensors. This helped some. At this point the system has been installed 6 years and I'm getting quotes to replace it for $15,000. If someone is thinking class action lawsuit, count me in. I have documentation of all this.
Date created: 2014-11-18
Location: Toms River, NJ
Garbage! I had to purchase this because of Hurricane Sandy for $3300, and less than two years later I had to replace the blower and circuit board for almost $700. Now, two weeks later, it's not working again! Garbage!
Date created: 2014-10-11
Name: S Geiger
Location: Philadelphia, PA
"Peerless Purefire has constant problems"
I have 4 Peerless Purefire PF-80 Gas Boilers in an apartment building that are three years old. Installing them was a huge mistake. They were checked out by a service rep after installation and they were installed properly! The problem is they shut off frequently and I am constantly getting frantic calls from tenants when their heat is out. The problem is always that the sensor is dirty. My heater guy tested the flame last year and they are burning properly. I am at my wit's end and thinking about replacing these troublesome units with something reliable.
Date created: 2014-04-05
Location: duluth mn
"PF-80-N Model is Junk"
Our furnace repairmen are like family, they are here so often. From the start there has been constant issues. The furnace goes out 5-10 a season. Parts fail, and it is not due to improper install. We email Peerless back and forth and they were rude and unprofessional, blaming all issues on the installer. Our installer has the prior model Peerless at his home and he said we are lucky as ours is more reliable than his is. We paid over $5,000 for the package. Do not buy peerless boilers. We cannot even think of leaving our home unattended in the winter as there is a very high chance the furnace will quit.
Date created: 2014-03-26
Name: Brian Sheehan
Location: Rahway, NJ
"Peerless PureFire PF-110 High Efficiency Modulating Gas Burner"
Had the system for 3-years. Constant ignition errors. Had the installer out 8 times with no success. Next steps will be dictated by Peerless' response. Will likely need to escalate through legal means.
Date created: 2014-01-11
Name: Kevin H.
Location: Western PA
Our pf210 with tank was installed by local professional hvac company in mid-2011. Loss of heat or dhw 5x in first 6 months that required service call. On Xmas Eve 2011, it required a new control. Until mid-2012, it failed another 2x, prompting me to send letter to HVAC co, and manufacturer stating that I believe that this is defective because of all the failures. Factory rep and local HVAC techs reinstall and set-up in July 2012. It has failed 9x since re-install, including days without DHW. Two more parts, including control, replaced. In past 10 days, HVAC tech has been here 6x. Local HVAC company ignores our contention that almost 20 failures in 2-1/2 years suggests that this equipment is defective. Will not replace. Also, the control shows date of install of 12-13-11. We have invoices stating that it was replaced 12-24-11 and 1-3-14. Service contract company will not authorize replacement unless HVAC company says so. What do you think?
Date created: 2014-01-10
Name: Kevin H.
Location: Western PA
"Broken Boiler & Broken Promises"
Professionally installed in June 2011, with promise that they stock all parts for anything they install, thus avoid delays in repair. There have been 17 service calls in 2-1/2 years. Thee parts were not on-hand, and had to wait. The factory rep re-installed and set-up after the first year because of the continuous problems. Same incidents of loss of heat & DHW before and since. In this week of record cold (JAN 2014), lost heat - TWICE! Have been without DHW all week. I do not have time or space to enumerate all the problems and frustration. These Peerless Boilers are JUNK!!!
Date created: 2014-01-01
Name: Kevin H.
Location: DuBois, PA
"3 Failures in 2 YRS"
This was professionally installed in June 2011. More than a dozen service calls in 2 1/2 years, including a significant re-installation and adjustment within first year. One module failed in first year (Xmas Eve 2011). Second, other module failed New Year's Day 2014. Installer sold me on having all parts available. WRONG! Pestered to get first major repair with a house full of 18 people on Xmas Eve. Cannot get part for 2nd episode on NY Day 2014. Also told that this HVAC company no longer sells this boiler because of all the problems. Finally, does not seem to be as efficient as told. Trying to find attorney to get new boiler.
Date created: 2013-03-10
"JUNK! Do no buy! Igniter fails weekly."
I signed up just to chime in, and am hoping that perhaps some kind of lawsuit will be brought against this company. We purchased our home this past Summer, and our first winter has been nothing but a cold, cold nightmare as the unit continuously suffers from an ignition failure. I have learned to clean the igniter, and that usually helps, but it is still failing constantly. Do not purchase these units.
Date created: 2011-11-17
Location: Fort Collins, CO
"I Love my Great New Peerless Purefire PF-110 Boiler"
I bought my Purefire boiler around one year ago. So far it has been amazing, I haven't really had any major problems with it. It's extremely high efficiency, which is great, and it's known to be one of the best tested boilers out there! It's got a quick stainless-steel heat exchanger, so it keeps things warm and toasty in my home. I haven't found anything to dislike so far, this is the best boiler I've ever bought. I've never had to repair or replace it, it is still a fairly new boiler, and there have never been any issues that needed repairing. I would most definitely buy another boiler from the same brand, this boiler has been great so far. I would recommend it to any friends who were looking for a boiler, I'm sure they'd enjoy it as much as I do.
Date created: 2011-04-26
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
"I Love My Peerless Purfire Boiler!"
We've only owned our Peerless Purefire boiler for a few months, but so far we love it! It's energy efficient, quiet and works like a charm - our water was so hot after we installed it, we had to turn the temperature down! The only thing we could say that is negative about it was that it was a bit more expensive than other brands, HOWEVER, it was well worth a little extra money for the quality and reliability of the Peerless brand. We have had no problems, so far and we don't anticipate any. We would absolutely buy this boiler again and will be recommending it to our friends.
Date created: 2011-04-14
Location: New Fairfield, CT
Years owned: 2
"Biggext piece of Junk, Stay AWAY!!!"
We got rid of our old oil boiler and went with a new gas in Nov. 2008. We installed a Peerless Purefire PF-140-LP, it should be named Peerless PUREJUNK!! There have been nothing but issues since we put it in. In Jan. of 2009 we had to leave the house for the weekend as the CO detector went off (thankfully we had one or we would be dead). The boiler came from the factory with a lid not screwed on properly therefore allowing CO to escape. Then in Spring of 2009 the entire motherboard had to be replaced. Gee then it worked okay for a few months, but now as usual it shuts off for no reason whatsoever. Now we are getting an A05 error code and the company says we are out of warranty!! Gee the 42 year old furnace gave us way less grief!! DO not BUY, Warn everyone!!
Date created: 2011-03-28
Location: Miami, Fl
"The Story of my New Boiler"
Two years ago when my old boiler failed on me I knew this year I would invest in a more reliable unit which meant pricey. But when I came across this handsome unit I was amazed at its efficiency and the price that went along with it. This unit is full of technology but yet still able to be small enough not to overcrowd my basement. In addition the Peerless unit is also Energy Star approved so I know it meets the highest standards and this deffinetly reflects on my monthly utility bills. Whats even more amazing is how maintenance free this unit is with it's self igniter technology which means no bending and crawling on my knees to start the unit. It practically does all the work itself and to add it comes with an impressive warranty meaning Im covered for years to come. This product would deffinetly get my recommendation to any friend or family.
Other Purefire Reviews
Although several contractors posting on online discussion forums praise the Peerless Purefire series' sleek design features, including the interface screen designed for easy programming, few homeowners across the web are as pleased with the unit. Sites such as contractortalk.com or heatinghelp.com host forums with a variety of customer complaints and troubleshooting issues. Instances of the boiler leaking, the unit failing to fire, faulty control boards and the unit not heating water are among the problems reported.
The review site hvac-for-beginners.com notes that the Purefire's condensate management system is a unique feature and the durable stainless steel construction is a benefit to the unit, but mentions that the warranty on the unit is not very comprehensive.
PEERLESS Purefire Model Numbers
The Purefire is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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Peerless provides a one-year warranty for parts and labors for all models of the Purefire series and a 12-year limited warranty on the heat exchanger. Units must be registered online or via warranty card to receive the fully term. Extended five and ten-year warranties for parts and labor are available through a local contractor.