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Old 01-12-2009, 08:01 PM   #1
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How can I tell how old a boiler is?


I have a Burhman steam boiler, it was here when we bought the house 3 years ago. I am curious on how old it is? I don't see any date on it, can I tell by the serial number? Thanks guys. It's working fine, I am just curious to know how old it is.

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Old 01-12-2009, 08:56 PM   #2
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Post the model and serial #. Usually if it is gas fired you can find a date code on the gas valve. ie 9538 = 1995 38th week . Try find such a # on the backside of the cover of one of the controls etc.

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Old 01-12-2009, 09:09 PM   #3
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This really is no help, but while looking for a Burnham nomenclature guide, I ran across this and several other similar sentiments from professionals.

"Well, I just had an inspection over the weekend with the same situation. I called Burnham to determine if there was a way in interpret the serial numbers and they said they don't have any way to do that. In fact, their response was, "There is no rhyme or reason for their numbers but you can call us with a serial number and we can tell you when it was shipped if it isn't an obsolete unit".

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Old 01-12-2009, 09:25 PM   #4
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Okay, I found the date. A1983, so I am assuming Aprilof 1983, hmmmmm 25 yrs old. Is this consider old for these type of steam boiler? I have heard they last pretty long, but then again 25yrs is pretty long. Should I look into replacing it in the Spring? Open for suggestions .
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They should last for a LONG time if properly maintained by someone who understands steam boilers. It may have a lower water cutoff control which should be cleaned/tested once a year. I would do it now as that is a VERY important safety device. As well as testing the burner and other controls/fill valve etc.
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Low water cutt off.
Cleaned once a year Flushed and/or tested once a week
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Okay, I flush the water cut off once a week, but how does one clean the water cut off? I also test the pressure relief valve as well.
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