New Furnace options

Old 11-17-00, 05:57 AM
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We live in Chicago and are looking to replace a 20 year Singer 150,000 heating system with one more efficient. Our heating guy suggested a Trane 80XL 2stage, 140,000BTU. He also said the 2-stage is about as efficient as a 90% efficient furnace.

Are Trane's good? Any comments or other suggestions? The model was 80XL and I couln't find it on the Trane Website though I do have a brochure.
Old 11-17-00, 09:24 AM
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The Trane brand is as good a furnace as the other brands. What is important, in my opinion, is the efficiency rating, warranty and after sale parts & service.

In regards to the claim made by the sales rep? I assume, verify it. Whatever "he" said has to be on the manufacturers information sticker and booklet.

I would suggest you get several other competing opinions, suggestions and estimates from heating companies in your area selling competing brands before making a purchase.

Good Luck,

Old 11-18-00, 06:54 AM
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I am a heating contractor out in Downers Grove. The trane is a Very Good Unit. The Distributor in your area is Midway Supply who would be happy to help you with any questions. Can call Frank over at 630-325-0540.
As far as efficency goes. A two stage furnace will run on low heat and a slower blower speed. The heat load on the house is the same. The furnace will run longer, will mix the air better keeping the temp more constant.
With the cost of electricty and gas so high in our area. Look at the varible speed furnaces, the payback is quicker. If you are planning to stay in your home over 5 to ten years you might also look at the 90% furnaces if the chimney is practical (venting in PVC through the wall or Roof) these can save fuel. Our gas prices just doubled you know.
Some of the furnaces I mentioned cost more up front. But will payback faster.

Good Luck
Mr Foster

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