Worst Budget Gas Furnace Brands?


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Old 03-21-08, 08:24 AM
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Worst Budget Gas Furnace Brands?

I'm replacing a gas furnace on a bit of a budget (
 
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Old 03-21-08, 02:22 PM
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I think most of the furnace pro's will tell you that while everybody has their favorites as to brands, the most important thing to consider is the installation. Even a cheaper brand will perform fine if installed by a competent installer. On the other hand, even the most top-of-the line furnace will perform unsatisfactorily if installed incorrectly.

As to the Payne brand, they are a "value priced" division of the Carrier Corporation. Most of the major corporations build furnaces under a multitude of brand names, in addition to good/better/best lines available in each brand.

In summary, there is no BAD brand out there that pros will tell you absolutely to avoid. Shop around for a good installer. Many installers represent more than one brand, and can steer you to a brand that better meets your objectives.
 
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Old 03-21-08, 05:45 PM
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Beach pretty much hit it on the head..

Ask around friends/family,or co-workers of who they have delt with on HVAC equipement.
 
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Old 03-21-08, 05:52 PM
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"Bad" Brands

As Beachboy said, there is no bad equipment. Installation is the key. Size the equipment to the heat loss of the house & size the ducts to the equipment. If your existing furnace is typical, it is GROSSLY oversized for the house. There is an excellent program available online from http://hvaccomputer.com for calculating the heat loss of your house. The cost for a homeowner is about $50 & will be the best $50 you can spend on this project. More than likely you will recover more than $50 by buying smaller equipment than you think you need. Once you determine what size equipment you need, then start getting bids for the job. A good installer will do the same type of calculation & suggest a similarly sized furnace. Those who simply quote based on what you already have, should be shown the door.
 
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Old 03-22-08, 06:59 AM
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Trane, Rheem, and Goodman are all good. Probably rated in that order.

Within any brand, they will have a "good-better-best" arrangement, with increasing price. Within your budget range, you can certainly get a "basic" model, which today will be an 80% efficient with single speed blower. For not too great an upcharge, you could go to a ~90% efficient with 2 speed blower. Then you get up to even higher efficiencies, 2 stage burners, etc.

The price can go quite high, and MOST IMPORTANT with the higher end units is a very qualified installer, because they are more complicated. You also want a very dependable contractor in all cases, because the more complicated the furnace is, the more "techy" things there are to act up and need service.
 
 

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