Peerless WBV-03 Related Questions

Old 06-21-08, 06:48 AM
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Peerless WBV-03 Related Questions

I am planning on replacing a 53-year-old, 97,000 BTU/Hr Crane boiler (does anyone have an idea what the AFUE of this might be?) with a new Peerless WBV-03 water boiler with a Riello F5 oil burner. I see there is an option of either rear or top flue outlets. Does it make any significant difference which option is used in terms of AFUE?

Also does anyone have a better-suggested boiler/burner combo in the same price category?

Lastly, any recommendations on a reset control for this new setup? I would like to control the boiler temperature based on the outside temperature. I like the features and flexibility of programmability of the Weil-McLain BCP-3 but I havenít been able to locate where to buy one of these. Are they still available or is there something else equivalent?

Thank you in advance for your help.
Old 06-21-08, 10:45 AM
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Hello,and welcome to DIY

I have used peerless many times. I like their product, cost, and reliability. My mom has had on now for 10 years with only a control issue once. But controls can go bad anytime and the boiler manufactures don't make most controls.
My mom's boiler was fitted with a Beckett AFG burner.

I don't remember off the top of my head what the efficiency rating she was getting.

Another boiler I have been using lately is the BIASI B-10 boiler.
It is a 3 pass boiler and if you take off the jacket, it is identical to a Pensotti. The cost was quite competitive.

Both those boilers claim an efficiency rating of 86/87%

As far as the burners are concerned, I have no problem with a Riello, but do you have qualified service persons in your area to work on them? We don't sell too many in NH because everyone is scared of them. About 10 years ago, we had a company selling the all the time, so I learned about them. That company has since moved on and I don't see too many new Riello burners any more.
My other choice of burners is Beckett. They have proven to be very reliable and easy to repair. All service companies carry parts on their trucks.

You can get either boiler with either burner.

As far as the top or rear flue is concerned, that is only a matter of preference and whatever you need to make the system hook into your chimney.
Old 06-21-08, 05:04 PM
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Nothing wrong with the WB series boilers but, like Plumbingods, I think you could do better on efficiency. A good 3 pass would be where I'd put my money. Before replacing the boiler, be sure to do a heat loss calculation & match the boiler to the heat loss. The VAST majority of boilers in homes are GROSSLY oversized.

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