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Old 05-11-2010, 09:49 PM   #1
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Talking switching to Lochinvar and away from the ICON

I am trying out the Lochinvar heaters for a while

This is after having to fight about 4 of the new ****ty ICON valves on the Bradford White heaters over the past month....

I am starting to have anxiety attacks every time I have to light up a new ICON... I dont know wether its gonna go good or I am gonnna be changeing out the whole thing....and explaining to the customer what a great product it really is.... this does not give me good feelings about the future trouble shooting with this valve

I found out that the Lochinvar heaters made by Bradford White still come with the good old dependable valve that I like better.... for about 20 bucks cheaper than the crappy ICON....

has anyone had troubles with the LOCHINVAR that I should be concerned with????.

Put 2 in today with no issues .....
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I used to put in Lochinvar, at a previous shop and had no problems.
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Most of what I have been installing for 10 years is Lochinvar. No bubbles no troubles...
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Don't get to comfortable. Lochinvar calls their version of the Icon, the Shield. The others are being phased out.
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:21 AM   #5
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Master Mark you going to have to start installing the ever so great Whirlpool water heaters
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:56 AM   #6
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Talking where have you been??

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Master Mark you going to have to start installing the ever so great Whirlpool water heaters
What have you been up to anyway?? Business picked up in Chicago??

I had to change out the whole Icon valve on one a
few days ago.. The install in the garage took 40 minutes, then the fight to get it to light, the diagnosis, and final change out of the whole thing took one hour... got a whole 50 bucks for my troubles...

some day that plastic body screwed in the heater is gonna loosen up, or get brittle and give them big troubles.....just wait and see


the story I was told today was that Honeywell has a contract with Bradford white and they have exclusive rights to this valve for a few years..... then anyone can use the valve...

so for now the Lochinvars are ICON free...

I dont think Rheem or any others are gonna beat a
path to Honeywells door and change their designs over to the ICON......

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I have had problems in the past with those bradfords but not for a while. A couple of times it was too late to get parts and I went back the next day and they lit right up. electronics scare me
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I've installed at least 15 with not an incident. My shop has 300+ installs without a problem. Maybe your working a bad run of them.
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Not sure what thread it was, but someone made the comment that all makes have issues, and I am a beleiver in this now as well. Its now important for me to have the best warranty support.
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Mark,

Since your Vans have a BIG picture of a Rheem water heater on them. I figure that's what you would install. (If I was the customer and a guy pulls up with a picturre of a Rheem water heater and installed something different would drawl questions to my mind.)
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