Shining a Flashlight on Boilers

Residential BoilerYour home’s boiler is an important and rather complicated piece of machinery, and must be installed correctly and checked regularly for upkeep and maintenance, by a trained professional.

Ensuring your boiler is properly installed and is in good working order, is key to running your house and keeping your family warm when the temperature outside drops!

What makes up a truly good boiler? Efficiency, durability, longevity, controls, but in the end this is the device that has to keep you warm during the long cold winter months.

This year, our Afterglow technicians have corrected more boiler installation errors by other contractors than ever before. Yikes! We are repairing systems suffering from a variety of issues: piping, pump conflicts, venting problems, bad control strategies. Overall, we’ve been improving the performance of residential boilers from Guelph to Stratford, Orillia to Port Dover!

If your boiler is sick, hasn’t been checked recently, or you are unsure who installed it, or when it was installed, give us a ring: 519-747-7732! One of our friendly, qualified technicians will be right over to examine your boiler, make sure it is working well and running smoothly.

Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 12.20.30 PMIf you’re interested in purchasing a residential boiler, check out our top 5 blog! It lists the best boilers available in Canada based on model, style, efficiency AFUE, its heat exchanger, water content and more.

Afterglow. Water, warmth, well-being.

Top 5 Boilers Available in Canada

These are the best residential boilers available in Canada, according to Afterglow.

A lot of things make up a truly good boiler – efficiency, durability, longevity, controls – but in the end this is the device that has to keep you warm during the long cold winter months.

These boilers are mid to high-range in price. But buyer-beware, cheaper boilers not featured on this list can burn brightly at 95% efficiency, but they won’t burn long. Too many times have we seen low-end boiler suffer serious break-downs within just a few years of service.

Top honours goes to the Canadian-made IBC for its durable stainless steel heat exchanger, powerful control, and price.

Provided below are the top five boilers available today:


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SL20-115 G2
Our top pick is this Canadian-made, mid-priced, boiler with a durable, stainless steel heat exchanger and powerful control; a favourite among the Afterglow team!

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2

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Vitodens 100 WB1B-35
The best value boiler on the market today is made locally by German Company, Viessmann, in Waterloo. This boiler offers a great price point for a basic good quality residential boiler.

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3

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Solo 110
This a great mid-price robust Belgian-made boiler, with a smart vertical design for self-cleaning.

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4

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IBC
VFC15-150

Built like a tank! This is a more powerful and extremely durable boiler, although on the higher-end of the price range.

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5

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Vitodens 222-F – 35
Nicknamed the “Fridge,” this small boiler/water heater combination looks like a cabinet, and is perfect for small utility rooms.

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Full specs below:

Boiler Make IBC Viessmann Triangle Tube  IBC Viessmann
Model SL20-115 G2 Vitodens 100 WB1B-35 Solo 110 VFC15-150 Vitodens 222-F – 35
Style Heating Heating Heating Heating DHW Combi Boiler
Efficiency
AFUE
95.0% 94.0% 95.0% 95.0% 95.0%
Heat Exchanger (HX) Material 439 Ti Stainless Steel 316 Ti Stainless Steel 439 Ti Stainless Steel 316 Ti Stainless Steel 316 Ti Stainless Steel
Water Content
(USG)
2.9 0.87 2.5 2.4 1.02
Low Fire Rate
(BTUH)
20,000 37,000 30,000 15,000 19,000
High Fire Rate
(BTUH)
115,000 110,000 118,000 150,000 125,000
Max Temp 190 176 180 190 165
Head Loss through HX 4’ at 10 gpm 10’ at 5 gpm 1’ at 10 gpm 4’ at 10 gpm 10’ at 5 gpm
Warranty 1 Yr Labour / 2 Yr Parts / Limited Lifetime on Heat Exchanger 1 Yr Labour / 2 Yr Parts / Limited Lifetime on Heat Exchanger 1 Yr Labour / 2 Yr Parts /10 Years Exchanger 1 Yr Labour / 2 Yr Parts / Limited Lifetime on Heat Exchanger 1 Yr Labour / 2 Yr Parts / Limited Lifetime on Heat Exchanger
In Business Since 1994 1917 1946 1994 1917
Boiler Made Since 2011 2008 2000 2003 2014
Made In Canada Germany via Waterloo, ON Belgium Canada Germany via Waterloo, ON
Parts Parts at local supplier Factory in Waterloo In stock at Afterglow Parts at local supplier Factory in Waterloo
Service Every Year Every Year Every Year Every Year Every Year

If you have any questions about heating, cooling or boilers, just give a call!

Afterglow. Water, warmth, well-being.