With eight models in the series, the discontinued Burnham V8 boiler was an Energy Star qualified product made in the United States. This oil-fired boiler is designed to heat the home and domestic hot water and has AFUE ratings ranging from 83.2 to 86.3 percent.
The steam or water heat exchangers are made with a cast iron sectional design for durability. Because the boiler uses larger center sections than competing units, more heat is transferred, according to the manufacturer. The sections also are made with steel couplings intended to provide high resistance to deterioration. The burner is covered to decrease the noise production for homeowners. Three types of burners are available, including the Beckett burner as the standard option.
Installation versatility and ease with accessibility is made possible by the full-access double articulating door, quick-release canopy and side/top flue access. V8 series boilers have a working pressure of 50 psi, making them suitable options for tall buildings. Radiant heating and indirect hot water are available as add-ons.
I installed a Burnham steam boiler about 12 yrs ago found out 2 days after new years its cracked and needs replacement. Called Burnham to see about warranty they where very rude told me it is out of warranty and blamed it on the government. Searching on the internet found out this is a known problem and Burnham continues to rip people off. Would never buy their product again or recommend rip off company.
"Cracked Boiler at 13 year mark"
My Burnham boiler started leaking from a crack in cast iron at Xmas and was just replaced today. I took advantage of the prorated warranty but after reading all these posts wish I just went to an entirely different Boiler manufacturer. The warranty itself is flawed because the discount comes off an outrageous retail cost and the new boiler is not warrantied unless you replace the heating core and burner. After researching further this appears to be a problem that has existed with Burnham for almost 20 years. Does anybody know of any class action lawsuits?
"Failed after 12 years."
Burnham may have once been a company that produced quality products but they now make boilers that are defective and leak. My boiler is only 12 years old and is leaking. I have been quoted a cost of approximately $9000 to replace it with a small rebate by Burnham to replace it with another one of their boilers. Unfortunately, failing and leaking boilers seem to be their standard instead of an exception. After reading so many reviews with the same problem and at the same time in the life of the product I do not want to replace it with another Burnham even if they are paying me to do so. I am in Connecticut and if anyone knows of a class action lawsuit that I can join, please respond.
"Not all it's cracked up to be"
Our current boiler is a warranty replacement from Burnham on a previous unit that was 9 years old. The last one had a cracked core. We are now faced with the same issue with this one. I guess Burnham still hasn't gotten it right and needs to develop a product that lasts more than 10 years. The cost to fix it will be almost $2000, which is exclusive of them sending us a new core. Time to move on to a more reliable brand.
"2 cracked boilers replaced in an 11-year span"
Shelled out $3500 to replace two cracked Burnham boilers. I got lucky and the 2nd one failed a year after the 10-year warranty expired on the first replacement. The sticker says "Boiler Casting Made USA – Quality You Can Depend On"! I thought that was pretty funny when I read it! I can only wait and see how long the 3rd one lasts.
There is contrasting information on the web about the performance of the Burnham V8. While it is recommended by some online forum posters, there also are claims of cracked blocks, defective parts and poor responses from Burnham regarding warranty coverage.
An HVAC professional participating in one of these discussions on www.justanswer.com suggests that Burnham�s move to use a �thinner cast iron� could be the cause of many of these complaints�and that an overload of complaints could be the reason warranty response is slow.
Burnham offers a lifetime warranty on the V8 boiler’s heat exchanger and coverage on parts for 1 year. The company’s “True Blue” lifetime limited warranty is available for water heat exchangers with a 10-year warranty for steam heat exchangers. Burnham’s “Winter Warmth Assurance Plan” can be purchased for coverage of the heat exchanger for an additional 5 to 10 years.
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