Burnham Independence Boiler
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Overview of the Independence
The Burnham Independence is a high-efficiency, cast iron, gas-fired steam boiler with an efficiency of up to 84% AFUE. Models of the Independence range from 62 to 382 MBH and are designed for use with either natural or LP gas. The Independence features a cast iron heat exchanger and stainless steel burners. An insulated, powder-coated steel jacket protects gas valves and burners and provides increased efficiency and sound reduction. The Independence PV models are designed to operate as direct vented products and can be installed in homes without a chimney.
Date created: 2018-02-26
Location: Cambridge, MA
"Garbage boiler/Garbage Company"
Six years after my boiler was installed we discovered 3 cracks and it has to manually be filled with water 3 times per day during winter months to ensure the heat stays on. After contacting the company we spoke with rude/condescending reps who were of no help. We were told we could pay $700 for new blocks but they'd only have a 1 year warranty. We'll be replacing it soon (another $10k to shell out) and each plumber we've spoken to has said the same thing: 'Burnham boilers are garbage' This was my first boiler purchase/installation. I now know better for the future.
Date created: 2017-11-28
Location: Boston, MA
"Burnham is dead to me"
The Burnham boiler was only 7 years old but the heat exchanger started leaking at the nipple connecting the top sections. I read the warranty and its very clearly covered for life. I call Burnham customer service and they tell me that the boiler warranty does not cover corrosion like they have some kind of special powers that allow them to know what the inside of my heat exchanger looks like. They tell me if I want to "pursue this" they can send their rep out to formally tell me that the heat exchanger failed due to corrosion. I called my plumber and he says he's seen this a hundred times with Burnham over the past several years. I replaced with a Weil McLain per plumber's advice.
Date created: 2017-11-13
Name: Fr. Tim Carr
Location: Boonton, NJ
"Our 2nd Burnham Boiler in 2 years"
I am the priest at a small poor church. We have just replaced the 2nd of the church's Burnham boilers in 2 years. Last year's replacement was 8 years old and this years is 9 years old. They will not stand behind these boilers at all. Stay away Fr. Tim Carr
Date created: 2017-09-20
Name: Cheyenne McCarter
"Worst Boiler and Worst Co. Burnham are crooks."
This burnham steam boiler broke after 5.5 years . They offered $750 for a boiler I paid $6,000 for. They are irresponsible crooks.
Date created: 2017-08-04
Name: Carl B
Location: Melrose, MA
"21 years and still going strong"
We replaced our oil burner with a gas fired Burnham Independence boiler in 1996. We have a steam system. I replaced the thermacouple once ($15 part) and that's it. I do regularly flush out the system as recommended. It's very easy to do. Very satisfied.
Date created: 2015-05-29
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
"Review on burnham IN6s-EI-EZ-IN6 boiler"
I have had this for 3 months. I like how simple it was to start using, very user friendly. I don't like the cost of it, very expensive. I love that it's cast iron but heavy to move. Replacement stuff easily available on supply house.com. I have had one other by this brand that was great and lasted years! The boiler is a pretty color and I use it during the short winter months but I am a tropical person and love the heat without the smell the heater on the ac system makes. I prefer a boiler over furnace when up north in winter as well, the steam is much nicer and gives some humidity that reminds me of Florida lol. Over all, I would reccomend this one. The delivery people helped me get it to where I wanted it, it's about 500 pounds and doesn't budge easily!
Date created: 2015-02-03
Name: Mike Fay
Location: Boston, MA
"Rusted out after 8 years"
The boiler rusted out after 8 years despite annual cleanings. The previous boiler lasted 30 years. The company refused to honor the 10-year warranty and offered a $500 credit on a replacement. The company also refused to give a more comprehensive warranty on the replacement.
Date created: 2014-11-04
Location: United States
Have two boilers and both draft inducers are very noisy. After blower replacement ($360.00), one furnace is fine. Now I have to buy one more. Not happy with the Burnham reliability.
Date created: 2013-12-18
Name: D. Healy
Location: Worcester, MA
"My Burnham boiler is a lemon"
We got it in 2000 and it provided us with problems every year. A variety of electrical issues, water problems and now it is completely corroded inside I will never waste my money on a Burnham boiler again. I have 2 other boilers in my 3-family - one is about 30 years old and the other is about 5 years old - I have no problems with either of my other boilers - just the Burnham.
Date created: 2011-04-29
Location: Los Angeles
"An Excellent Boiler of High Quality"
My last boiler broke down for good a little over a year ago after a few years of terrible service and so I decided to finally splurge and replace it with something reliable. I found this boiler to be an excellent replacement; as soon as I had it installed, I knew that I had made the right choice because it actually worked, and it worked well. I did not need to worry about it sputtering out or breaking down randomly. The only thing I had a marginal dislike for was the color of the boiler, though since I don't really see it, this is an unimportant concern so it is not worthy of attention. Never have I needed to replace or repair it and with how excellent it is, I doubt that I will ever have to. Overall, this Burnham boiler has been excellent and if given the opportunity, I would buy this brand again in a heartbeat as well as tell my friends about how useful they are.
Date created: 2011-04-02
Location: Lynnwood, WA
"One VERY Satisfied Customer"
I've owned my boiler for a little over two months now after my last boiler stopped effectively heating. I like this because it always seems to be ready for me; when I'm in the middle of a shower, the water no longer suddenly turns ice cold on me. After putting up with a boiler that put me through that agony almost daily, take my word for it, being able to wake up and shower without this fear is amazing. I will concede that at times the water seems a little slow to heat at first, but this is the only complaint I have. I have never needed to replace or repair my model and neither do I believe it will be necessary, as it has thus far worked extraordinarily well. I plan on purchasing the same brand again, when the need arises and I already have recommended it to several friends, all of whom have been similarly satisfied with the efficiency of the product.
Other Independence Reviews
The Independence is called a very dependable boiler by writers on hvac-talk.com and heatinghelp.com. There are a few threads regarding questions about how often water needs to be added, and a couple of problems with different units not running correctly are most likely due to installer error, according to professionals on both sites. A problem with a noisy exhaust on a power vent unit was also due to installer error, according to the consumer.
Burnham Independence Model Numbers
The Independence is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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The Burnham Independence boiler is covered by a limited lifetime heat exchanger warranty and a 1-year parts warranty. The warranty only applies to the original owner at the original place of installation. Labor costs are not included in the warranty. An additional 5- or 10-year parts and labor warranty is available.