The Burnham Alpine Boiler is a gas fired, condensing stainless steel boiler. The Alpine is Energy Star rated, with an efficiency rating of 95 AFUE. The Alpine features a stainless steel heat exchanger and smart controls, which allow settings to be adjusted with the push of a button. The easy to remove control panel allows for easy servicing, and the gas, water, and electrical connections are all made from the left side of the boiler. The Alpine comes in seven models, ranging in size from 80,000 to 500,000 BTU's, and can be converted from natural gas to LP gas with the turn of a screw.
Installed in late 2011. Maintained by local HVAC through their ‚ÄúVIP‚Äù maintenance package. Fan motor assembly has gone out twice in one year. The company doesn‚Äôt seem to be concerned with customer satisfaction whatsoever. No sense in owning a ‚Äúhigh efficiency‚Äù boiler when you are dumping $1,000+ a year into it for parts.
"Not worth the money made to break"
We have owned the Burnham Alpine model Alp 080 since 2008 since then we have replaced the blower motor 3 times at about 800.00 for part and 250.00 for installation it seems this part breaks every 3 years when we called Burnham they were very rude and not willing to help in any way. I would not recommend this product to anyone is this what you get for trying to buy American?
"Very Very Unsatisfied"
Adding to the negative reviews of this brand to increase the negative feedback. Hopefully, it will tip the scales and keep someone from making the same mistake others have in accepting this P.O.S. burner. Have experienced all the same failures as others have described in previous reviews (failed Sage, failed blower, failed switch, etc.) +$500/year in repairs in a three year period since the install is not only unacceptable, it's robbery.
Cape Cod, MA
Burnham "Alpine" high (95%) efficiency boiler and installation Purchased Aug. 2013 = approx. $7,000 + annual specialized cleanings ($150 each). April 2018… $1200 in repairs to replace the interior moving parts, which a professional plumber said was a result of them being made of plastic, and "just getting chewed up over time". Parts out of warranty. Then, about 6 unscheduled "tweakings" for ignition or gas pressure problems. Ok, fast forward to Dec. 2018… 7 months later- I need a new (proprietary) gas valve = $350 plus an as yet unbilled labor invoice. Part out of warranty by 3 months- perfect timing. The joke's on me, and you- if you bought/buy one of these shit heaps. Money saved on fuel has been outweighed by the annual cost of labor and repairs. Would not recommend! Duh
"Install is important"
I bought a place in Central Virginia-owner had installed Burnham Alpine 210 btu boiler. It is vastly oversized for the living space and fin tube radiation system. Install had circulator pumps in wrong locations and other mistakes. I moved and installed new pumps and replaced the expansion tank. Two adjustments to the Burnham itself made big difference. You can adjust the min and max firing rate, mine now runs at 20-50% of boiler capacity. This avoids boiler shutting itself down before rooms warm up. The 2Nd fix was to get the heat exchanger professionally cleaned out. If you are having trouble with the unit starting there are numerous suggestions, all good, but just cleaning out the interior heat compartment seems to have really helped. A final adjustment was to turn the water temperature up to 150-180 degrees. Fin tube radiators require hotter water to provide enough warmth to the house. It's been a three-year journey with and challenge finding a competent service company. The Alpine is a good unit that works quietly and well given a proper installation and design.
Online reviews of the Alpine are generally positive. Reviewers on doityourself.com commented on the reduced heating bill and quiet operation since installing an Alpine. Members on several sites, including brownstoner.com, remark that the Alpine is a good, efficient unit, but also note the difficulty of installation.
Product registration is required within 90 days of installation for maximum warranty coverage. The Alpine boiler is covered by a 5-year parts and labor warranty used in a residential application. The plan covers all Burnham-provided parts and the associated labor costs.
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