Burnham or Peerless boiler hot water

Old 07-26-08, 09:48 AM
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Burnham or Peerless boiler hot water

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I am looking to buy a new furnace and have two quotes. One on a Burnham v8 with hot water coil inside and one on Peerless WV03 144000 BTU with coil inside. The Burnham quote installed is $1160.00 higher than the Peerless. I am wondering if it's worth the extra money for some reason or is it just a normal spread between companies. Both these companies sell oil and are about the same size employee wise.
Old 07-26-08, 10:37 AM
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I installed Burnham boilers for many years. They are OK

I changed over to Peerless about 10 years ago and have had no problems at all. As a matter of fact I have one in my home.

Peerless has steel push nipples just like Burnham. They are both the same type of boiler and they both come with the same burner and controls.

For the difference in price, I would use the Peerless.
They also have a lifetime warranty
Old 07-26-08, 11:43 AM
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144000 BTU ? How big is the home ?

First thing to do when replacing a boiler is to have a proper heat loss calculation done... why buy a boiler twice as big as you might need ? especially with energy costs what they are today. If the new boiler is being sized by what was installed previously, it's more than likely over sized.

You can do the heat loss calc yourself by going to www.slantfin.com and downloading their software (free) ... it's easy to use ... you might be surprised at how small a boiler you really need.

The other point I would like to make is that you should think long and hard about using a coil in the boiler to make your domestic hot water ... VERY inefficient ! Alternatives are an INDIRECT water heater (costly, but in the long run will definitely save you money) or electric (in spite of high electric costs, may still save you some money) this decision should be based on how long you plan on living in the home.
Old 07-26-08, 01:04 PM
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I agree with NJTrooper. If you really need a 144,000 that's fine but you probably don't. Also the tankless coil is a huge energy waster, as Trooper said.

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