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Utica UB90-200 Boiler


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Overview of the UB90-200

Made in the United States, Utica’s UB90-200 boiler series is an Energy Star-rated product operating at 90 percent AFUE. The four models of the UB90-200 boiler function with either natural gas or propane.

The heat exchanger is made from cast aluminum, which the manufacturer explains heats faster and transfers heat faster than cast iron products due to the material’s thermal conductivity. The system uses a simple control system, which includes an integrated boiler control. The controls come with high limit and low water cut-offs, a reset feature meant to save fuel and a temperature limit feature. The hot surface igniter and single-stage gas valve are designed for reliable start-up, and all parts are created with easy access for installation and maintenance in mind.

The Utica UB90-200 boiler also is designed with air quality in mind. Instead of using indoor air, the unit’s forced draft design pulls air from the outdoors for combustion. Furthermore, the direct vent system, premix gas burner and low flame temperature result in 30- to 50-percent reduced CO and NOx emissions.

Consumer Reviews of the Utica UB90-200

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#3  of 4 Utica Boilers
1 of 5 stars 13 reviews

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Date created: 2015-06-26 Name: walter probst
Location: New Jersey

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"Never recommend a Utica boiler"
Boiler was installed in July 2008. In March 2013 a crack was found and a Utica monoblock was installed with a circulator pump and unit UB 90-150-II. In January 2015, the boiler was leaking and there was corrosion within the unit. The boiler was replaced by another brand. The company, ERC, manufacturer of Utica, only offered $300 as compensation for a product that gave us unacceptable performance and reliability. The previous non-Utica boiler lasted more than 30 years of reliability.


Date created: 2013-02-21 Name: mr X
Location: NJ

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"Mr x"
It is a very bad boiler brand. Broke coil in one year and panel broke 2 years. Cast aluminum broke leaking third year. Very bad warranty


Date created: 2012-11-27 Name: Cheryl
Location: Beloit WI

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"Don't buy one!"
Problems every year since installation in 2005. Igniter replaced almost every year, water leak, and now a broken burner. Gas leaked into the house, could have been a disaster. When I call the company, they listen sympathetically, then refer me to the regional sales manager who won't return my calls. There needs to be a class action against them. I had heard they had a good reputation, and I'd think they would do anything to keep it, but evidently not.


Date created: 2012-10-30 Name: rtravis
Location: Broadalbin, NY

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"UB90 Junk"
Junk, bangs like a garbage can when it ignites, cracked manifold the second year, customer service is useless, warranty repairs are a joke, buy something else don't waste your money on this junk,


Date created: 2012-06-04 Name: Rae Willis
Location: East Falmouth, MA

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"Fourth failure since 2004"
Today the fourth boiler installed since 2004 failed to ignite. Apparently it is the circuit board. Previous failures have been due to igniters and three cracked castings. Warranty support is good, but failures are annoying beyond belief!


Date created: 2012-04-03 Name: Robert P Breen
Location: Falmouth Ma
Years owned: 4

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"Enginering defect on Utica UB90 200 gas boilers"
I purchased a ub90 125-200 Gas Utica Boiler in early 2008. it has been a constant problem from day one. Utica or erc International should have the good business practice (or guts) to admit and correct the mistake. I would be glad to share my complete story and details with anyone.


Date created: 2011-05-10 Name: e.reiss
Location: Boston, MA
Years owned: 7

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"The worst"
When it ran it was great but after 7 years the heat exchanger cracked and their warranty is AWFUL. They pay for part, we pay for labor. So I will have to pay $3,700 to fix a 7 year old unit. Even during that time I had to have repairs done every year. Can't imagine a worse experience


Date created: 2011-04-03 Name: JK
Location: Vermont
Years owned: 1

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"Homeowner"
I had a UB-90 installed in my home which was recommended by my plumber. BIG mistake! Just over 1 1/2 yrs old and it sprung a leak in the casting. Took over a week to get a new casting(winter time) and had to pay up front till the company could inspect it. Had to also pay for shipping and labor. Terrible customer service and not a trustworthy product.


Date created: 2010-07-18 Name: C. R. Willis

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"Third Boiler in 5 years"
I moved into a newly constructed home in March 2005. The home is equipped with a Utica 90-200 boiler. In the 5+ years I have lived in the house, I have had more service calls on this boiler than all other heating systems combined over the last 43 years. The original boiler failed with a bad igniter. Then it leaked. It was replaced in November 2007 with an entirely new unit that leaked upon startup. Next, the igniter on this second boiler failed and the service company was unable to locate a replacement. It was Good Friday. We were having eight for dinner on Easter Sunday and we had no heat and no hot water. Subsequently, this second boiler failed in June 2010 in the same manner as the first. Three boilers in less than 6 years! I expect the third boiler will fail in 2013.


Date created: 2010-01-04 Name: S. Grossman

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"UB90 Boiler is terrible"
We had a ub90 boiler installed about 3 years ago. This boiler has caused us thousands of dollars in repair. What a lemon! Once or twice a year, it needs some type of repair. Never, never, buy this boiler. I don't know if there is any way to get back some of the money.


Date created: 2009-04-13 Name: UTICA BOILERS
Years owned: 1

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"UB90 Boiler"
New Boiler ( ub90 ) installed Sept. 2007, Boiler Chanber - Casting Defects - Water Leak In Oct 2008 - utica Supplied replacement Exchanger / All labor cost not Covered. Then April 2009 - Same Problem Again. Water Leaking In Casting of Heat Exchanger, Defects Found Again !! utica will not support or Cover This Problem. Plumbing Supply house has to take lagal action against utica to get refund and warranty on the ub90.


Date created: 2009-04-13 Name: UTICA BOILERS
Years owned: 3

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"UB90 never use"
I built a new home just over three years ago, since then I have not had a winter that didn,t include some sort of boiler repair, (not maintenance),I own a Utica ub90-175. I am in the building trades and I am going to publish a letter and distribue it to every contractor I know to warn them about the poor quality of this product. buyer beware!!!!!


Date created: 2008-12-12 Name: Jeff Daru
Location: Quincy, MA
Years owned: 3

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"WORST BOILERS EVER MADE"
Over the past 15 years I have installed many Utica boilers with no problems. I recently built a new home and installed a Utica UB90, what a mistake, worst boiler ever made. I have replaced the hot surface igniter six times since installed. I have spoken with a number people at Utica and they tell me that this is normal, what a load! Anyone want a boiler! Going back to Burnham, at least they warranty their products.


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Other UB90-200 Reviews

Online reviews of the UB90-200 are generally positive. Among them, on advice.thisoldhouse.com, the UB90-200 is included in one professional technician’s list of units that provide “excellent condensing modulating speed” in part because of its outdoor reset function. In addition, an HVAC professional notes on www.heatinghelp.com that his company has had “good luck” with this boiler series. In the same thread, a responding consumer chimes in that the company’s technical support has been good.

Among the few problems posted on the heatinghelp.com site is an issue with a unit that is “pulsating” when it starts to run. After checking the venting, a tech who has checked on a similar problem suggests changing the burner tube; this poster says burner tube issues have reportedly been a recurring problem with this unit.

UB90-200 Warranty

Utica warranties the UB90-200 boiler under limited conditions for 15 years. During the first year, the warranty covers all parts. For the second through fifteen years, the warranty covers the heat exchanger and not the component parts.

 
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