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Are Burnham boilers reliable? Other ideas for oil heating?
I'm at the end of my rope getting estimates to replace oil burner (forced hot water heat and baseboard heating) and trying to figure this out myself. No background with furnaces and this is huge investment for us. We were told we needed to replace boiler (Slant-Finn, probably 20 or more years old). Have had 3 estimates. Two were for Burnham Boilers, V8H series with no info on other brands. Other company recommended Crown, but one oil guy said that was bottom of the barrel and they install in "tenement houses"...
One company strongly recommended the Burnham MPO IQ Series, with separate water tank and outdoor reset. We don't 'use much water and seems hard to justify extra couple thou for that fancy model, though of course it's nice to know it's very efficient. One child at college and just the two of us. I am also nervous about any Burnham cuz saw on internet there is a class-action suit against them for cracked blocks. Also seems like lots of companies are pushing Burnham, so just trying to understand if this IS or IS NOT a good boiler to trust. I'll go with most reliable one that is reasonably priced and lean toward one without water tank (more economical and like I said, we just don't use a ton of hot water). I would love a consumer reports article on all of them, and THAT I would trust. Just don't want any hassles for another 20 years...
Any suggestions? I live near Granby, CT and would love to hear anyone's opinions of which models are most reliable, and whether you agree we could go with tankless to save $.
THANKS for any help!