Compare Leading Furnace Brands

Which system suits your needs?

Armstrong

Pros - Some high-efficiency units comparable to higher-tier manufacturers

Cons - Not as many "bells and whistles" as the larger manufacturers

Warranty - 20 years to lifetime (limited) on heat exchanger, 5 years on parts

Price - $800 - $2,000 depending on model (excluding shipping, taxes, installation, etc.)

Carrier / Bryant

Pros - Very highly recommended, excellent warranty coverage, high-efficiency and high-tech furnaces, carefully screened HVAC contractors before "certified" as branded installers

Cons - Higher prices than some competitors, super high-efficiency may not pay back

Warranty - 20 years to lifetime (limited) on heat exchanger, 5 years on parts

Price - $900 - $2,200 depending on model (excluding shipping, taxes, installation, etc.)

Goodman

Pros - Budget pricing, wide availability

Cons - Very poor repair record, may not be as choosy with "certified" dealers, warranty coverage complaints, flatly voids warranty if furnace purchased online

Warranty - 20 years to lifetime (limited) on heat exchanger, 5 years on parts

Price - $500 - $1,700 depending on model (excluding shipping, taxes, installation, etc.)

Lennox

Pros - Innovative features, high-tech furnaces

Cons - Newest units suffer from more repairs than many other manufacturers' units

Warranty - 20 years to lifetime (limited) on heat exchanger, 5 years on parts

Price - $750 - $2,100 depending on model (excluding shipping, taxes, installation, etc.)

Rheem

Pros - High value, high efficiency, high reliability

Cons - Not quite as many features and options as some of the other large manufacturers, higher price than "budget" choices

Warranty - 20 years on heat exchanger, 5 years on parts

Price - $700 - $2,400 depending on model (excluding shipping, taxes, installation, etc.)

Thermo Pride

Pros - Long, reliable life, low price, highest-efficiency oil furnaces available

Cons - Higher utility bills because of lower efficiency in gas units

Warranty - Lifetime (limited) on heat exchanger, 5 years on parts

Price - $500 - $1,800 depending on model (excluding shipping, taxes, installation, etc.)

Trane

Pros - Very highly recommended, few repairs, many systems, high-tech options

Cons - Extra options can get expensive quickly, heating and cooling systems designed to work together with other Trane components, carefully screened HVAC contractors "certified" as branded installers

Warranty - 20 years to lifetime (limited) on heat exchanger, 5 years on parts

Price - $800 - $2,600 depending on model (excluding shipping, taxes, installation, etc.)

York

Pros - "Affinity" series with university logos or colors on outdoor units, fairly high efficiency, complete line of heating and cooling choices

Cons - Poorer repair record than the rest of the largest manufacturers, reliability issues

Warranty - 20 years to lifetime (limited) on heat exchanger, 5 years on parts

Price - Unavailable

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what about Ingresoll Rand model M951P040, how does it compare with a trane or an American standard furnace. E. Carew
Posted on 8/31/2013 4:21:00 PM
doea trane make oil fired boilers?
Posted on 5/29/2013 11:54:00 AM
HOW ABOUT KELVINATOR IS THIS A GOOD BRAND?
Posted on 1/22/2013 5:37:00 PM
Have a 24 year old trane. Have had very few repairs.
Posted on 1/22/2013 10:12:00 AM
All Carrier and Bryant furnaces have a 10-year general parts warranty, not a 5-year warranty. This is true for the top models in all of the brands listed. Goodman, while having a repair record that is below average, also backs its furnaces with very good warranties.
Posted on 1/21/2013 7:29:00 PM
What about Day and Night? Is this brand any good?
Posted on 1/9/2013 3:14:00 PM
Carrier has for some time offered 10 year parts warranties if installed and registered by a CFAD dealer.
Posted on 10/28/2011 11:13:00 PM
We have a 5 yr + 2 mo old Carrier that has needed repair every year since installation and now needs a new computer module. Almost nothing was covered under warranty. It seems to be a lemon or we have a lemon installer (Freisens in Calgary). Our add on cleaning unit never worked & they simply turned it off and installed paper type filters with no warranty or rebate. I will never own another Carrier as there was no avenue for complaint being a builder installed unit I guess. At 2 mo past the 'warranty' we are having to buy a new furnace or more repair costs which nearly equal the price of purchase 5 yrs ago. Yuch. Caryl - Calgary
Posted on 10/26/2011 7:14:00 PM
looking for Triangle Tube Prestige Solo Review
Posted on 9/21/2011 8:28:00 PM
Can anyone comment on the Carrier 2 Stage 95% Eff. 80,000 BTU (58UVB080) vs. Bryant 355CAV042080 75,000 BTU 95% Eff.?
Posted on 8/18/2011 4:26:00 PM
We have an American Standard Heating System (same as Trane with different badge) and we love it. Has saved us over $750 in the first two years of operation as compared to our original furnace. Make sure you select a reputable contractor, that's the most important buying decision. We found that American Standard is the highest ranked over the past decade in the leading consumer reporting magazine for quality and reliability. Hope this helps.
Posted on 6/1/2011 11:56:00 PM
This information is WAY too general; each brand has dozens of models, and the quality, quietness, etc. will vary by models within a brand. Re the 2/1/11 post - the contractor that installed your furnace did not size it properly; if it was you would be able to lower fan speed without the unit overheating. Regarding GE - any modern furnace will have more safety features and controls due to government regulations...meaning that they require more maintenance than old models (keep in mind that many current brand names are simply private labeled versions of other brands); All major manufacturers offer a 10 year parts warranty (what else that you buy has a warranty that long!?!); Day & Night is the same as Comfortmaker, Heil, ArcoAir, Day&Night, Temptar - - keep in mind that the quality of the installation is more important than the brand.
Posted on 2/13/2011 8:23:00 AM
I bought a York ,single stage gas furnace last spring. After one season I am going to replace it because it is too noisy to live with. It has 5 speeds but will not run on the lower two speeds without overheating. The air flow noise is really objectionable. I will replace it with a 2 speed variable with burner modulation I think. Any suggestions ? Thanks.
Posted on 2/1/2011 9:17:00 PM
I had a 30+ years of GE furnace. They never had any problem till recently the control valve need to be replaced. However, GE doesn't it any more. so bad.
Posted on 1/31/2011 3:20:00 PM
do any of these manufacturers void warranty for operating during construction
Posted on 1/29/2011 3:18:00 PM
We have a 40 year old furnace that is original to the house! We could replace it with one more fuel efficient but I want a longer warranty on parts first! Otherwise, it's not cost effective for me!
Posted on 11/30/2010 2:03:00 PM
I am interested in the Pros and Cons of the DAY & NIGHT HVAC SYSTEM.
Posted on 10/16/2010 3:42:00 PM
I have a 25 year old Bryant furnace. Has not been touched since installed. Has been given a fall "check-up" by the local gas company and found nothing wrong. Everything still in specs.
Posted on 9/19/2010 7:24:00 PM
My wife and I purchased a new home in which a York Affinity 9.M series zoned heating and cooling system had been installed. In a span of less than two-years, the system has failed three times. The first time, after eight months of use, was because of a “defective ignition assembly”. On the second call, about a month later, the “pressure switch assembly” was replaced. The third call was for a failure of the air-conditioning unit. Total repair costs, so far, $465. We talked to the dealer about seeing if York would stand behind their product by extending our warranty because of all of the problems we experienced and they told us to contact the York Customer Service representative. The (rather rude) rep we contacted said that the problems we have been experiencing were “normal” usage/maintenance. End of story. Two service calls within the first nine months of usage for York's top-of-the-line residential HVAC system doesn't seem “normal” to us. How much can extending a (parts only) warranty cost York? With the economy being so great and all, I guess they don't have to worry about customer satisfaction.
Posted on 8/12/2010 1:08:00 PM
what do you think of Comfortmaker?
Posted on 3/4/2010 3:07:00 PM
Thanks, i need info to choose wisely!
Posted on 2/26/2010 9:03:00 AM
Had york affinity 98 efficiency furnace and a/c installed in late Augest 2009 , have had to be repaired 3 times already and will be back to repair another problem that the service tech noticed when he was here today as we had no heat again, something to do with the modulator valve...has used more gas than my old furnace last year todate, and last year was a worse year to date, not sure if i would tell my friends like i did already, a friend has already had problems too. rlavoie@forbesmotors.com
Posted on 1/20/2010 10:30:00 PM
I am looking for an energy star rated, American made heating and a/c unit with comparable pricing and good repair record. Any suggestions? Janet Baum Staunton, IL janetbaum@yahoo.com
Posted on 5/14/2009 11:01:00 AM
more brands should be listed, such as Coleman, Maytag etc. It would also help to hear comments from end users , in summary format, about their satisfaction level ..thanks
Posted on 4/22/2009 5:00:00 PM
helped me out alot to pick furnace
Posted on 1/10/2009 5:58:00 AM
Regardless of brand, what is the real advantage to a single speed furnace and a variable speed furnace? If you want just the electric furnace, without planning to add air condtioning later, is money for the variable speed well spent or not?
Posted on 10/30/2008 8:53:00 PM
Well, Halleluia!! A concise listing without cost or having 3 local contractors coming to call. Thank you, Thank you.
Posted on 10/16/2008 2:08:00 AM
what about UTICA and PEERLESS oil fired furnaces. I have steam heat and need a new furnace and boiler system. Please advise on these brands.
Posted on 6/15/2008 1:41:00 PM
Thanks for this research - have been "hunting" the web for this info. Useful for me. Thanks dmw
Posted on 6/11/2008 2:09:00 PM
Concise and Well Thought Out. Thanks for your research and comments. Very Useful!!! bapreb
Posted on 3/9/2008 10:52:00 PM
Thank you I looked all over the net for this comparison...
Posted on 11/6/2007 7:23:00 PM