I appreciate the thorough description on the Harman. I haven't totally counted it out just yet. My only problem with the Harman's is that they more or less force you to stay "dealer specific" through their policy.
This kind of screws you up if you find one dealer that's selling the Harman you want for much less, then you buy it, only to find that you have to deal through that same dealer throughout the time that you own/service the furnace. If it's close by, no problem........but if the best deal on the boiler takes you a few hours from home, and you buy it, now your stuck. The other dealers, more times than not, won't touch it because you didn't buy it from them.
If Harman insist's on keeping this policy, they should create a standard pricing list as far as dealer's are concerned. I've seen prices listed on the forum from an average of $4500 on down to $3500 for the same boiler (VF3000). That's a wide margin. The $3500 price that was listed by a forum member was over in NH....probably a good 6-8hrs. from me. Although it's a considerable drive, I most likely would've made the trip to get one, and still saving a good chunk of the $1000 after the gas & tolls......only to find out that I more than likely wouldn't have a service rep. if I needed one.
On another note.....I spoke with a forum member last night and found that unless Harman does the install, the warranty isn't valid.........that's a huge detractor. That policy alone would keep a large portion of prospective customers from buying, obviously.
I have to do some serious research regarding Harman, like maybe a call to their information line to verify these questions. I know the purchase and service issues are correct, as I spoke to their rep.'s......if the warranty/installation issue is correct, then I would drop them like "a hot potato" from consideration. I was raised having an uncle that was an old school plumber, and I had the opportunity to work with him many. many times during my summer vacations as a kid. After seeing what the local plumber's (who are also Harman installers) have done, it leaves a lot to be desired. In most cases, my son could do better/cleaner installs.
Again, thank you...I appreciate your help & I will check into it.
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on Fri May 30, 2008 8:20 am, edited 1 time in total.