Westinghouse Combi Boiler
Updated: May 16, 2016
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Overview of the Combi
The Westinghouse Combi is a modulating condensing gas boiler that combines space heating with an option for domestic hot water capabilities. It is Energy Star qualified and includes the Combi Floor, which is floor mounted and has an efficiency of up to 93.2% AFUE, and the Combi Wall, a wall mounted model with an efficiency of up to 95% AFUE. The unit features a stainless steel fire tube heat exchanger for increased efficiency and a ceramic fiber burner which offers high combustion efficiency and low NOx emissions. Safety features of the Combi boiler include a dual stage anti-freezing mechanism and a gas leak detector which turns the unit off and activates an alarm in the event of a gas leak.
Consumer Reviews of the Westinghouse Combi
Date created: 2016-05-16
Location: Portland, Oregon.
"Condensing 95% Combination Natural Gas Wall Mount Boiler/Water Heater with 140,000 BTU Input"
I've owned this for about 5 months now. I was happy with it at first. The installation was quick and the plumber was really nice but after a couple days I wasn't happy. It works but it doesn't heat a lot of water so if you have a family it isn't a good fit. But it's good for a studio or guest home. If that.
Date created: 2016-04-01
Location: Bryan, Texas
"Great for Limited Use"
A boiler should produce hot water on demand, and for that this works moderately well. It's well priced for the annual fuel efficiency (often the cheapest in this level) but the amount of output is minimal. We have a beach house on the coast, a small "cottage" like structure and for that it seems to be adequate because there is only one bathroom so only one shower will be pulling from it at a time. But if you plan to do back to back showers for multiple people, it will likely run out of hot water. It's not great for families because of this. It came with the house as an existing appliance, but I would probably not replace it. I much prefer the standard gas water heaters but to be honest I have no idea why some houses are built with boilers and some with water heaters so I don't know if it's possible to change that out directly. I would say that overall, in the five years that we have owned the beach house we have adapted to its output level and it's not a huge inconvenience to monitor the length of showers...but I would not purchase it again. When it stops working we are going to a different system. If I had to use it daily, I would have already replaced it. I don't believe we've ever repaired it (but we have a management company that oversees repairs so I'm not certain about that.
Date created: 2016-01-11
Name: M Doty
Location: Knoxville, IA
We installed this unit in our new home after researching it. We saw it at Menards & thought hanging one unit versus two would be the way to go. We have had so much trouble with the condensing filter vibrating loudly ever since we filled the darn thing. We called customer service & of course they said we were at fault, needed to purge more air out of the boiler. We did that and it still vibrates. Had a plumber over, he wouldn't work on it. Had another plumber over who said that there wasn't air in it, just going to be loud. It heats for our radiant heat. It heats for our domestic water but the noise it makes is terrible! We removed the cover off the condensate filter to help reduce the vibration against that, stuffed foam pieces in between the filter & housing to try to reduce the noise but it's still loud. Not sure we would ever buy this one again, we are disappointed. Customer service sucks too. They don't want to talk to the consumer.
Date created: 2016-01-07
Location: New York, NY
"Efficient and space saving"
Last summer I replaced the old boiler in my home in anticipation of the winter months. It was getting old and our gas usage was off the charts. This new boiler is compact compared to our old unit. We also use it for hot water which is great considering we do not need an additional water heater for our home. Purchased this unit from Home Depot using their store credit option, I think the savings overall will pay for the unit itself in a few years. Another point to make is that this unit is very sleek looking for a boiler; Westinghouse did a great job designing the unit.
Date created: 2015-12-31
Location: Long Island, NY
"Less than stellar"
I have a 2000 square foot house and this boiler gets the job done. I've had this boiler for a little over a year now. However, this boiler is not as efficient as advertised, so you won't get the full rebates. Also, I live in a home with 4 other people and we cannot have more than one hot shower at a time. This winter hasn't been very cold yet but I am worried it will not provide us with the heat we need when it gets to the middle of winter. So if you have a smaller home or maybe less people in your household, this boiler would be best for you.
Date created: 2015-12-07
Location: Rochester, NY
"Review for my Westinghouse Boiler"
We purchased the Westinghouse boiler for my family's home in Rochester, New York a few months ago on September 23, 2015. What I like about the boiler is it reduces the overall heating cost since it's a multiple-in-one boiler, it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and is also very user friendly and modern. What I don't like about the boiler is how difficult it was to get setup in our home, it took a few tries ourselves until we decided to call our plumber to install the boiler for us which was an added expense after already paying over $2500 for the boiler. Since it's a new boiler we have not had the need to repair or replace it. I would definitely recommend this Westinghouse boiler to friends and family that live in extremely cold areas of the world as it has provided us with excellent heating and lower overall costs. This is our first year with the boiler but it seems to be great so far.
Date created: 2015-12-07
Location: Sacramento, CA
"Westinghouse Boiler Review"
Plan on replacing, doesn't provide enough hot water for my family if we all need it at once. Also increasing my gas bill more than expected. The specs that are advertised did not meet my expectations.
Date created: 2015-12-04
Location: Chicago, IL
"Westinghouse Boiler never runs out of hot water and is easy to use. Also provides good heat in cold weather."
I've owned this boiler about two months. I like that it never seems to run out of hot water. There is nothing I dislike about it so far. I've never had problems with it. So far have not needed any repairs or replacements. I'd definitely recommend the Westinghouse brand. It's very cold where I am and I have found the boiler to be more than sufficient. Another thing I will say is that the boiler is very quiet, which I love. It runs smoothly but is not obnoxious. Can be easily installed if you only follow the instruction manual.
Date created: 2015-11-25
"Westinghouse wall hung system."
We just purchased our place and this was here already, so we did not purchase it ourselves. However it seems to be a very efficient unit and I am pleased with its performance.
Date created: 2015-11-20
Location: Washington DC
"Westinghouse Premium Boiler"
I loved this boiler that I've had for the past year now! This is a high efficiency boiler, which provides 140,000 BTUs for heating my large house. I keep my house at a toasty 70 degrees in the winter, and this high efficiency boiler does not disappoint. I have never had to have it replaced, and Home Depot was able to install it in my house. Because of this wonderful water boiler, my heat expenses overall are lower than previous winters. I also feel that it is helping the environment, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions because it is using a mesh burner, which apparently reduces nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide. More importantly, it is smaller than I expected and fits perfectly into my house. I would highly recommend this boiler!
Date created: 2015-11-17
Location: Alhambra, CA
"Great Unit that Gets the Job Done"
I've had this unit online since July 2015. Excellent tech support for item when I needed it. Must be installed properly so follow directions closely. No problems at all so far. Westinghouse is a legit brand!
Date created: 2015-11-12
Location: Danville, VA
"Review of my Home Boiler Unit"
We purchased our house about a year and a half ago and this particular Westinghouse brand boiler was already installed. I am not sure how long the boiler had been in the house before we bought it as the house is about twenty years old. So, we have used or owned this boiler for over a year and so far we like it a lot. We like that it does a good job heating our two story house as we know a lot of people that have problems keeping a larger home warm. We have had no issues so far with it, so we don't dislike it as of now. We have not had to replace it or do any work to it. Yes, I would have no problem recommending this to a friend and if we continue to have success with it, would buy the same unit again when the time comes.
Date created: 2015-11-12
Location: Knoxville, TN
"Terrible Unit, Don't recommend"
I've owned this boiler for about five years and have had nothing but trouble out of it. It doesn't provide hot water like it should although I have had several techs come out and look it over. They can't figure out why it's not working. It also randomly shuts off and makes humming noises then turns on and runs normal. Each tech that has done a thorough look at the unit can't figure out why it's having these issues. One tech suggested just replacing the entire unit since it seems to be a defective unit. I called the company and although I paid for the extended warranty (ten years) they refuse to replace it. They claim it's something I have done to the unit! So now I'm out almost three grand for a unit that doesn't work properly! I absolutely do not recommend this brand to anyone. I also will not be purchasing from this company ever again.
Other Combi Reviews
Among the very few online comments regarding the Westinghouse Combi boiler in HVAC forums is one on heatinghelp.com from a homeowner wondering if using his Combi in a closed system will void the warranty. There's a lot of confusion about this, with no clear answer from the several responses.
The warranty for the Westinghouse Combi boiler is comprised of the following:
- 10-year warranty on the heat exchanger
- 5-year parts warranty
When used in a commercial setting the warranty is 5 years for the heat exchanger and 1 year on parts. The warranty is available only to the original owner and is nontransferable. The warranty does not cover labor costs.