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Old 11-19-2012, 08:58 AM   #1
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Water boiler problems

My water boiler for my home recently broke and I wanted to get some advice before going with my next steps. I had a plumber inspect and gave me some suggestions, what do you think I should do?

My current water boiler is a Burnham Boiler, 175,000 BTU. It was replace about 7 years ago from the previous owners of the house. Everything was working OK up until yesterday. Below are a couple of images from the damage of the boiler. The plumber said that the boiler had carbonized build up which cause the flame to back out. You can see the burn marks on the unit, electric wires and electronic box(melted). He said that this can be repaired but should I replace the whole unit? He quoted me $4500 for a new Crown water boiler installed.


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Old 11-19-2012, 10:40 AM   #2
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I moved this to HVAC (heating and cooling) I believe that can be fixed---but let's see what a pro has to say/


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Old 11-19-2012, 06:18 PM   #3
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Looks like heat exchanger needs a good cleaning to correct flame rollout problem, or there are venting issues.Seven years is not that old for a boiler.Its hardly broken in yet.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:51 PM   #4
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Good cleaning and new control then you should be good to go. However, it should be determined why the unit sooted up. Usually due to lack of adequate combustion air which is required for clean combustion. Ask your contractor about this.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:29 PM   #5
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I really like the burnham boiler ..over the crown....at 7 yrs young its worth repairing....have boiler inspected ,,,have chimney inspected...and controls replaced with added safety rollout switches to prevent same thing from happening in future.....ben sr
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:58 PM   #6
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Tech Pappy has it right about the combustion air.
Something needs to be corrected or it will just happen again and probably faster than the last time.
You are looking at a couple of hours of cleaning time plus damaged parts changing.


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