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Value of boiler warranty?

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Perry_3
Perry_3 Member Posts: 498
The value of warantees have been discussed before.

In general, my memory of the discussion was that they arn't worth much.... Just marketing.

I am sure you have also noticed the disclaimer about water quality as well....

Barring a major Mfr defect that shows up in the first couple of years... chances are slim that you will get even a fraction of the cost of a repair job on the warrantee.

The real warantee is with the installer. How much are they willing to back their work? That varries all over the board.

Thus, it is more important to find a good installer who will back their work than it is to find a boiler with a better warrantee.

On the other hand - finding a boiler that is really built to last can pay huge dividends as well. While price is not a direct indicator of quality; the best boilers do in fact cost more than the lowest quality boilers due to the fact that they are more expensive to build.

Perry

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  • Dave_4
    Dave_4 Member Posts: 1,405
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    Value of bolier warranty

    I've been comparing warranties for various multi-pass oil boilers. Many seem to have a limited-lifetime warranty on the heat exchangers (one year on other components). The fine print usually states that the installation and removal are not included.

    In the unfortunate event a heat exchanger needed replacement for the MPO, G115, Ultra, etc ... what is the cost of this part? How big of a job is it? Does it occur often?

    thanks
  • Joe Brix
    Joe Brix Member Posts: 626
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    A modern 3 pass boiler

    doesn't have a sperate heat exchanger. All that I think that could happen is a leak in the casting or around one of the sections. You'll need a dependable installer that will go to bat for you and prove that the issue was not caused by exessive make up water or Ph issues. Yea, you're gonna have to pay for the labor.
  • Steve Ebels_3
    Steve Ebels_3 Member Posts: 1,291
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    Warranty.........

    The best warranty is the one you never need.

    When considering a new boiler, product quality is half the battle or less, the other part being the competence of the installer.

    In short, don't buy Brand X instead of Y because it has a longer warranty on the heat exchanger. It's the installer you want to put under a microscope because his skill is sometimes a lot harder to quantify. If you've been looking over the fine print on various warranties. you have already figured out that their are many "escape clauses".

    That being said, there are substantial difference in boiler construction, especially among modulating/condensing types. Take your time and ask lot's of questions here.
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    Thanks for all the input...

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