Navien NHB Boilers Review

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Navien condensing boilers from the NHB series, with the maximum size of
24” x 17” x 13” and with the lower power output, are the smallest units from this manufacturer, designed for the efficient potable water and hydronic heating, in small residential and light commercial applications.


The NHB boilers are available in four sizes, all Energy Star approved, whose metal fiber premix burner is capable to provide the power up to the maximum of 150,000 BTU/H (depending on the model), while modulating gas valve allows the unit to deal with the reduced water flow efficiently.

The most powerful model, NHB-150, for example, has the highest Turn Down Ratio - TDR of 15:1, which helps in maintain the efficiency high and eliminating short cycling while keeping it from wearing out prematurely.

An advanced gas burner design delivers not only the efficient work but cleaner gas combustion resulting in the lower NOx emission.

Model selection

The models are as follows:

  • NHB-55

  • NHB-80

  • NHB-110

  • NHB-150

Features and benefits

navien nhbThe superb efficiency is the result of the use of two heat exchangers, both made of the long lasting stainless steel and thanks to the constant air/gas mixture ratio.

The integrated smart controls found on the front panel, as other condensing boilers, include the push buttons for the temperature and heating mode change, LCD display and icons that show the basic info such as the temperature and water flow, also the error code for easy troubleshooting. Other parameters that can be adjusted are: a timed hydronic supply water boost, anti-cycle timer, outdoor temperature, minimum burner time setting, turn down ratio timing...

Venting

All the models are designed as the forced draft direct vent models, for an indoor use and for the wall mount, while the field conversion capability allows easy conversion from the natural to propane gas.

At the top of the units there are two vent connections; one is for the combustion air intake and the other for transferring the products of combustion out (exhaust).

All the condensing boilers including this one have the lower temperature of the exhaust gases allowing the use of the vent pipes such as PVC, CPVC or PP, which is easier and cheaper to install. The size of the vent pipes is 2” and 3” and maximum length is 60 or 150 feet.

Safety features

For a safe and durable operation, Navien is designed with several safety features;

  • Freeze protection to protect the internal elements from the freezing temperatures.
  • Power interruption eliminates the need for manual reset, as the unit will automatically restores its operation after power interruption, ignition and flame detector electrodes.

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  • Carbon-Monoxide protection

  • Auto-fan detection

  • Boiling protection

  • Short-circuit protection

  • Lighting protection

Summary

Navien NHB condensing boilers are ideal for small homes and apartments where the advanced features ensure superb energy efficiency and great performance, while the quality elements allow Navien to provide long warranty of 15 years in residential applications and 10 years in commercial.


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