The Burnham V7 is a discontinued oil-fired boiler with an AFUE of up to 86.2%. The V7 was configured for steam or hot water heating and was available as a fully-packaged or a knockdown unit. The cast iron sections and vertical flue were designed to extract the maximum amount of heat and maintain low draft losses. A lift-off side panel and burner swing door allowed for fast and easy serviceability. The V7 was available with an optional tankless heater.
My Burnham v7 boiler is 21 years old and leaking like crazy. Numerous pin holes in the cart iron. Shouldn't boilers last 40-50 years? From all the reviews I've been reading, it seems like most boilers are poorly made or not installed properly. Every brand has some kind of problem. What happened to make a quality product? Is everyone that money hungry to put out garbage to scam everybody else? Where do you go to get a reliable boiler? With honest company cs? And a solid warranty?
Like most of you said, they crack and leak well before 20 years.
Had one installed in 2000. Within 5 years started to leak whenever I cleaned it. The leak stopped with boiler sealer for the first year or so then started to leak every few months even with leak stop. I had four toddlers and no job so I had to keep crossing my fingers that it would last till the end of the season. Could not get in on the class action suit because I could not afford to have a new boiler installed and they would only reimburse me a fraction of the cost because it was over five years old. I will never buy a Burnham, or as they are known now as American boiler. (Or some such name)
"Twice Burned-Need Class Action Suit"
I first purchased The Burnham v-7 boiler in 1999 because I was told it was one of the best and the company stood behind it boilers. Well 5 years later the boiler leaked and failed, so it was replaced with the same model. Now the second unit has failed. It's January, I have two children, my wife and two dogs left cold with no heat or hot water. It's terrible to see all the people on these boards suffering and getting no help. It is truly time for a class action suit.
Harveys Lake, PA
I have a Burnham V-7 boiler that was installed in 1996. After 19 years in service mine has cracked like I am reading with so many others in this forum. I am willing to join a class action suit against Burnham, since they have known about this problem all along and continue to screw their customers.
There are several posts on doityourself.com concerning leaks due to cracks in the cast iron boiler. This problem is also mentioned several times on hvac.talk.com and heatinghelp.com. The cause, according to some professionals replying on the posts, is usually a fluctuation in water temperature.
The warranty for the Burnham V7 boiler was comprised of the following:
Lifetime True-Blue limited warranty on water boilers and 10 years on the steam heat exchanger
A 5- or 10-year warranty on parts and labor was available when purchased through a member of America’s Home Heating Team.
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