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Gas Furnace Buying Guide

How do most people go about buying a furnace? First, they call contractors and ask for estimates. To prepare this report, we did too. More than specialists in residential heating and air conditioning told us about their experiences in installing and maintaining heating equipment.

Size Matters
The furnace's specifications should fit your needs. A furnace that's too small won't keep your house comfortable during extremely-cold weather.

Partly to avoid that possibility, the furnaces in most homes are larger than necessary. Initial cost is only one of the drawbacks of that strategy. A furnace that's too large will cycle on and off more frequently. That puts more wear on its components, wastes energy, and might cause the temperature to vary uncomfortably. Also, a larger replacement furnace might require larger ducts. Without the right size ducts, airflow can be noisy.

To be sure of correct sizing and a proper installation, choose a reputable contractor who will take the time to calculate your heating needs according to an industry standard such as in "Manual J HVAC Residential Load Calculation" of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Such calculations take into account the climate and the size, design, and construction of your house. Once the furnace is installed, maintain it regularly according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Our survey helped to confirm this advice. When we asked about the most common reasons for service calls for furnaces, contractors cited human error, inadequate maintenance, for example, or improper installation, twice as often as defective equipment. Read our frequency of repair report for which brands or the most and least reliable.

Efficiency Also Matters
Gas is currently the most common heating fuel and most new central-heating systems use gas. How efficiently a furnace converts gas into heating energy is reflected in its annual fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) rating, which is measured as a percentage. The higher the number, the more heat the furnace can wring from each therm of gas. Since efficient furnaces generate fewer emissions, environmental considerations might also influence your decision.

Furnaces have become more energy-efficient over the years. A gas furnace made in the early s typically has an AFUE of about 65 percent. The lowest efficiency allowed by law for new gas furnaces is 78 percent, and some new models achieve 97 percent, near-total efficiency.

The price of a furnace generally rises in step with its fuel efficiency. A furnace with a 90 percent AFUE might cost $1, more than a similar size unit with an 80 percent AFUE. But you can often recoup that additional cost through lower fuel bills over the life of the furnace, especially in regions such as the Northeast and Midwest, where winters can be harsh. How quickly you recover the investment depends on more than just AFUE. The electricity to run furnaces with different AFUEs can vary significantly. The climate where you live, how well your home is insulated, and your local gas and electricity rates also affect payback times.

As you decide, insist that the contractor select models in a range of efficiencies and calculate the annual estimated operating cost of each model you're considering, rather than simply estimating it. The contractor can complete those calculations by plugging information on each unit's AFUE and electrical consumption, local utility rates, and characteristics of your home into one of several computer programs designed to easily calculate estimates. Make sure that the quotes also include the cost of any changes to venting required by any appliances in the home.

Other questions to ask the contractor: Is the model you're considering fairly new, introduced, say, two years ago or less, and thus relatively untested? If it's an older model, has the contractor noticed any reliability problems with it?

You can make your home more energy-efficient in several ways. Turn down the thermostat in winter; just two degrees cooler will save you money and reduce emissions by about 6 percent. You might not even feel the difference, especially at night or when you're out of the house—a programmable thermostat can help here. Draw the curtains at night to block the chill from a cold window. Keep the windows covered on sunny days during the summer, and uncover them on sunny days during the winter to benefit from some free solar heating. Reduce heat loss from ducts by sealing leaks and, where feasible, insulating ducts.

Repair or Replace?
If your gas furnace falters or fails, a few simple procedures may save you the cost and trouble of seeking professional help:

• If you're getting low airflow, check the air filter on the furnace; a clogged filter could cut airflow to a trickle.

• See if there are loose wires or a malfunction in the thermostat. For an electronic thermostat that runs on batteries, try changing them.

• Are fuses burned out or circuit breakers tripped? If so, power may have been cut to the fan or circuit board.

If those steps don't work, call a heating contractor. Despite the improved efficiency of most new furnaces, it's generally more cost-effective to repair a furnace than to replace it. However, if a key component such as the heat exchanger or control module fails, you're probably better off replacing the furnace, especially if the unit is more than about 15 years old. Furnaces typically last an average of 15 to 20 years.

Most and Least Reliable
If you have to replace your furnace, you'll be happy to hear that today's gas furnaces are more energy efficient, resulting in substantial fuel savings. On average, around a quarter of gas furnaces are likely to experience a break by the end of the tenth year of ownership. This, however, varies considerably by brand. That's what we found based on information from our members, in our most recent surveys, who reported on their experiences with 48, gas furnaces installed new between and

Of the 24 gas furnace brands we rated, Payne stands out as the most reliable, earning an Excellent rating for predicted reliability. Six other brands earn Very Good ratings including American Standard, Bryant, Carrier, Rheem, Rudd, and Trane. Due to their Poor reliability ratings, Consumer Reports cannot recommend gas furnaces from Coleman, Frigidaire, Luxaire, Maytag, White-Westinghouse, or York,  at this time. The remaining 11 brands all receive a reliability rating of Good.

Sours: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/gas-furnaces/buying-guide/index.htm
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What are the best gas furnace brands to consider?

Our researchers have earned the reputation for accuracy and thorough information about the brands we review.

We’re not wowed by big marketing budgets that splash Lennox, Carrier and Trane brands on buildings and ad space. In fact, Lennox is last in our list. We explain why below.

Criteria: Instead, we dig into service records, who makes the parts used to build the furnaces and who is allowed to install them.

Why does installation matter? The same reason you choose one mechanic, doctor or roofer over another. Workmanship and training varies a lot, and we discuss the issue in detail in this guide.

Best Furnace Brands

  1. Heil / ICP Brands
  2. Rheem / Ruud
  3. Trane / American Standard
  4. Carrier / Bryant
  5. Goodman
  6. Armstrong Air / AirEase
  7. York / Johnson Controls Brands

That’s the List. Each one is reviewed and rated below on a range of factors.

Basic – Better – Best

Most brands make at least two quality levels and usually three quality levels – basic (entry level), better (most popular) and best (high-performance).

The “Basic/Entry-level” lines or series aren’t included in our ratings and reviews below. They’re OK if you’re looking for a quick furnace replacement before you sell your home – or if you plan to live where you are for just a few years. Otherwise, you’ll get better value and durability from a Better or Best line.

We spell out which lines we’re reviewing, so you’ll have that information as you discuss options with furnace contractors and get estimates for specific furnaces.

Whether you choose a Better or Best option depends on the efficiency and performance level you prefer – also explained below.

What Top Gas Furnace Brands Have in Common

At least mostly. Not all the brands on the list have all these characteristics, and we’ll let you know when they don’t.

These criteria go a long way toward determining the reliability and longevity of the furnace you buy.

1. Quality Parts

The total furnace is only as good as the parts used to build it, right? Just like an automobile or clothes washer.

Do furnace companies make their own parts?

Most don’t!

Instead, the brands use parts made by component manufacturers like Honeywell, Emerson, Carlyle and Danfoss, to name a few of the larger parts companies.

This isn’t a concern. Those parts companies are dedicated to quality and performance, and it is a very competitive market. Make bad parts, and lose business. Make good ones, and thrive.

The problem with Lennox: This well-known brand is built with the highest percentage of proprietary parts – parts unique to Lennox. And that’s an important reason Lennox gets placed where it does!

If your Trane furnace needs a part, the technician can get a “universal” part to replace it. They’re readily available.

When a Lennox furnace fails, the technician might have to get a Lennox part to repair it. Parts shortages and delays are much more common with this brand as a result. Higher parts prices are a reality too.

2. Longer Warranties

A warranty tells you whether the manufacturer has confidence in its product. A 5-year general parts warranty says, “This furnace is cheap, so don’t expect more than years out of it.” Most of the Basic/Entry-level furnaces have 5-year parts warranties, and that’s why we exclude those series.

A parts warranty of 10 or 12 years shows greater confidence in the product’s quality.

3. Good Value

There are a few brands that are nearly or completely identical, yet pricing is different. For example:

Did you know that Carrier furnaces and Heil furnaces are nearly identical in design and the parts they use?

Did you know that you can save 25% or more with a Tempstar? Never heard of Tempstar? Or Day & Night? Heil is a little better known.

The point is that Carrier and Bryant are nearly identical to International Comfort Product (ICP) brands Heil, Day & Night, Tempstar and others.

They are all owned by United Technologies Corporation (UTC). It saves UTC a lot of cash to build each of the 8 brands using the same parts – and often on the same assembly line.

There are two reasons that Carrier and Bryant are priced higher than the ICP brands.

The price difference with Heil/ICP gives consumers choice – or maybe it is just the appearance of choice. And it helps UTC sell to customers they would otherwise lose. Consider:

  • Homeowners that want a “premium” furnace can choose a Carrier – a very reliable furnace. Ditto for Bryant.
  • Homeowners that say, “I’m not going to overpay for a furnace, and Carrier is overpriced,” can choose an ICP brand.

UTC makes money on ICP furnaces, just not as big a profit margin as on Bryant and Carrier. But if you reject an overpriced Carrier or Bryant and UTC has nothing else to offer, it doesn’t get a sale. General Motors offers Cadillac as the premium brand and Chevrolet as a more affordable brand. It’s no different.

Carrier and Bryant installers might be better trained.

Carrier and Bryant require anyone who wants to install their brands to be factory trained. This isn’t the case with ICP brands. It’s an option, not a requirement.

Often ICP brand installers are just as well trained and qualified. In fact, many furnace installers offer both brands – again, to give customers options.

If the furnace contractor you choose offers both Carrier/Bryant furnaces and an ICP brand, the choice is clear – go ICP.

Note on ICP brands: Most of them are regional, so might not be available where you live. Heil has a wide distribution, but Day & Night, Tempstar, Keeprite, Comfortmaker and Arcoaire are regional.

The brands were bought up by ICP/UTC over the years as part of the consolidation the industry went through. There are now only about 7 major furnace manufacturers, though 20+ brands.

Goodman, Daikin and Amana: A similar situation exists with these three brands, all now owned by Daikin Global. They are identical, but Goodman is positioned as the low-cost furnace brand. Amana is marketed as a solid, mid-range brand and Daikin is considered a premium brand. “Give the consumer what they want (or think they want)” is the strategy. But an educated buyer will understand how to get a good furnace for the best price.

Other identical furnace brands: Trane and American Standard, Rheem and Ruud, Armstrong Air and AirEase, the Johnson Controls brands and others are identical too. And they are priced very closely. They don’t play the “premium brand vs. low-cost alternative” game.

4. Qualified and Experienced Installer

We mentioned this in discussing Carrier vs. Day & Night brands.

The quality of the installation makes a big difference in the performance and dependability of a furnace.

Hopefully you found that information useful to you as you research furnace brands. Now it is on to the reviews and ratings.

Top Gas Furnace Brands

We rated each brand on the criteria above and compiled their scores.

Brands

Parts Quality

Warranty

Price/Value

Total Score

Heil/ICP

4

4

4

12

Goodman

3

4

4

11

Rheem/Ruud

3

4

3

10

Maytag

3

3

3

9

Trane/A.S.

4

2

2

8

Carrier/Bryant

4

2

2

8

Armstrong

3

2

3

8

York

3

2

3

8

Lennox

3

2

2

7

  • Excellent = 4 points
  • Very good = 3 points
  • Average = 2 points
  • Poor = 1 point (No “Poor” scores among the top)

Brands built with parts rating “Excellent” should last years with minor repairs. The caveat is that they must be properly installed and maintained through the years. Some furnaces last 25+ years when treated with TLC.

Those built with parts rated “Very Good” should last years, and possibly longer when properly installed and maintained.

Here they are, starting with this year’s top rated furnace brand.

heil furnace

#1 Heil / ICP Brands

As explained above, International Comfort Products is owned by UTC, the parent company of Carrier. The furnace brands are nearly identical in all but the name plates. The ICP brands offer better value.

We chose Heil because it has the widest national distribution.

Warranty

All Heil furnaces are covered by a year general parts warranty, which is standard for the industry.

The top lines are backed with a Lifetime heat exchanger warranty.

Also, if the heat exchanger fails in the first 10 years, Heil will replace the entire furnace. Replacement warranties are becoming more common, and ICP/Heil has led the way.

Installation

Installers have to be licensed and certified, but not factory trained. An independent certification is NATE – North American Technician Excellence. If the dealer you speak to isn’t factory trained, ask if its installers have NATE certification.

Best Heil Furnaces

  • Heil Ion: This line was released in It includes one furnace with a modulating gas valve and two 2-stage furnaces. All of them have variable-speed blowers. Ion is now the top line.
  • Heil QuietComfort Deluxe: A modulating furnace and three 2-stage furnaces make up this second-best.

Get Local Heil Costs

goodman furnace

#2 Goodman

Goodman has been the low-price, good-quality leader since it started making furnaces in the s.

Today, Goodman is owned by Daikin, a Japan-based global HVAC leader. Daikin bought Amana along with Goodman. Goodman remains a low-cost leader with good quality.

What about Daikin and Amana? Most Daikin and Amana furnaces are identical to Goodman. But costs are higher, so we’ve placed just Goodman on the list.

Warranty

The Best Goodman furnaces have a Lifetime heat exchanger warranty plus a year furnace replacement warranty on the heat exchanger. Goodman will give you a new furnace if the heat exchanger fails in the first decade.

The general parts warranty is 10 years.

Installation

Any certified furnace installer can install Goodman furnaces. In fact, you can buy a Goodman furnace online and install it yourself.

This is the primary reason Goodman used to have a reputation for being poor quality. Anyone could and can install them, and often installation was wrong. Bad installation usually leads to early and costly repairs.

Because of this, it is important to find a NATE-certified installer with good local reviews if you choose Goodman.

Best Furnaces

They aren’t grouped by catchy names. The best models are the GMVM 97 modulating furnace and five GCV models with a range of efficiency and heating options.

Get Local Goodman Costs

rheem ruud furnace

#3 Rheem / Ruud

These brands didn’t make our list in There were too many mechanical issues.

However, these identical furnace brands have upgraded quality along with efficiency. Value is good too.

Warranty

It is the best available. These brands just upgraded their warranties, something many brands are doing to be more competitive.

The heat exchanger has a Lifetime warranty with Lifetime replacement too. If the heat exchanger ever fails, Rheem/Ruud will replace not just the part but the entire furnace.  The parts warranty is 10 years.

Installation

Factory training is available but not required for installers. As we said with Heil, make sure the installer is at least certified by NATE – North American Technician Excellence.

Best Furnaces

  • Rheem Prestige and Ruud Ultra Series are the best. The series has two modulating furnaces (modulating gas valves) and three 2-stage furnaces. All the furnaces have variable-speed blowers.
  • Ruud Achiever Plus and Rheem Classic Plus are large series of furnaces with a range of performance options. These are the most popular Rheem and Ruud models.

Get Local Rheem Costs

maytag furnace

#4 Maytag

Maytag is the best-known brand offered by Nortek Global, a worldwide HVAC company.

Identical brands are Nu-Tone, Broan and Frigidaire. Recently, Nortek Global retired Westinghouse, Nordyne and Tappan, which were also identical brands.

Warranty

The best line, the Maytag Series is backed by a year parts warranty, the longest general parts warranty available.

The heat exchanger has a Lifetime warranty including a year furnace replacement warranty. If the heat exchanger cracks in the first 12 years, your entire furnace will be replaced.

Installation

These furnaces are installed by a wide range of companies, so we recommend that you work with an installer with the NATE certification.

  

Best Furnaces

The M furnaces are 2-stage models. Many have variable-speed blowers for added comfort.  

Get Local Maytag Costs

trane furnace

#5 Trane / American Standard

These are identical brands owned by Ingersoll-Rand.

Trane and Americans Standard are the most reliable brands available today.

They are priced nearly the same too, and it is on the upper end of the spectrum. Both are decent values, but not outstanding values.

Warranty

The general parts warranty on top lines is 10 years with a Lifetime heat exchanger warranty.

Installation

Both brands stress using factory-trained installers. This is one reason Trane and American Standard furnaces are among the most expensive.

However, it is also a top reason they are the most reliable – You’re more likely to get proper installation, so the furnace will run as efficiently and as durably as it should.

If you speak to a Trane or American Standard dealer, ask them if they require their installers to go through factory training and authorization. For Trane, it is called being a Trane Comfort Specialist.

Best Furnaces

The American Standard Platinum Series is tops. The Gold Series is next. Both offer a range of modulating and 2-stage furnaces with variable-speed blowers. 80% and 90%-plus models are available.

Trane doesn’t group its furnaces by handy names. The best furnaces include the S9 and XC furnaces with variable-capacity (modulating) or 2-stage heating.

Get Local Trane Costs

carrier furnace

#6 Carrier / Bryant

These United Technologies (UTC) brands are nearly identical and cost about the same. Carrier and Bryant are right behind Trane and American Standard in dependability. The difference in their track records is statistically indistinguishable.

Warranty: year parts and Lifetime heat exchanger warranties are common on all Carrier and Bryant furnaces. Of all the brands, these two show the most consistent quality from top of the line to the most affordable furnaces.

Installation: Carrier requires its dealers to be factory trained and authorized.

carrier furnace authorized installation

Bryant does not require it, but does offer it. If you’re concerned about it, ask the Bryant dealer when you get estimates.

Best Furnaces:

  • Carrier Infinity and Bryant Evolution are the top lines. Both include one variable capacity furnace and three 2-stage furnaces. All have variable-speed blowers. Efficiency ranges from 80% to more than 98%.
  • Carrier Performance and Bryant Preferred are the second-best lines and offer a larger range of models including very efficient single-stage furnaces.

Get Local Carrier Costs

armstrong furnace

#7 Armstrong / AirEase

Right away, we’ll tell you two things: First, these are Allied Air brands, and Lennox owns Allied Air.

Secondly, Armstrong Air and AirEase furnaces are not identical to Lennox. They’re better.

You might hear, “Oh, those are like second-best Lennox furnaces.” It isn’t true. We encourage you to discuss the relationship with Lennox and whether the furnaces are the same if you get estimates from an Armstrong Air or AirEase dealer.

Warranty

The best furnaces have a Lifetime heat exchanger warranty and year parts warranty. Nothing special, but average for the industry.

Installation

Any certified HVAC technician can install AirEase or Armstrong. Factory training is not required. As we’ve said before, make sure the installer is certified by NATE or has similar certification.

Best Furnaces

Each brand makes three variable-speed furnaces. One is a variable capacity or modulating furnace. The others are 2-stage models. We recommend the two-stage models – the 80% efficient unit for warm climates and the 96% model for cold regions.

Get Local Armstrong Costs

york furnace

#8 York / Johnson Controls

York is the best-known of several identical Johnson Controls brands. Others are Luxaire, Coleman and Champion. Each has the same lineup of gas furnaces and other HVAC equipment.

We’re not high on Johnson Controls ACs and heat pumps because of coil issues, but their furnaces are very good.

As far as furnaces go, York and its sister brands are among the brands with a noticeable upgrade in quality and warranty protection in the last five years.

Warranty

The standard year parts and Lifetime heat exchanger warranties. York also offers a 1-yar labor warranty, but most dealers offer this too, even if the manufacturer does not. If your furnace needs repairs in the first year, it probably wasn’t installed correctly.

Installation

Using a York-authorized dealer is optional, not required.

Best Furnaces

For York, the Affinity Series is top of the line and the LX Series is next – and the most popular line. The other brands also have a top series and second-best series.

They all have a basic/entry-level series too, which we don’t recommend unless you’re looking for a budget furnace.

Get Local York Costs

lennox furnace

#9 Lennox

Lennox makes the most efficient furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps of any brand. But it’s Lennox quality, cost, warranties and repair delays that put this brand at the bottom of our list.

Warranty

The top lines are the Dave Lennox Signature Collection and Lennox Elite Series. The Signature Collection furnaces have Lifetime heat exchanger warranties and year parts warranties.

The Elite Series warranty is just 5 years on parts and 20 years on the heat exchanger. This is the worst warranty in its class.

Installation

Lennox uses authorized dealers, but not all have been factory-trained by Lennox. We recommend that you ask about factory training before you sign a contract with a Lennox dealer.  

Best Furnaces

Dave Lennox Signature Collection furnaces are the top line – the only series with a decent warranty. The SLP98V with % efficiency is the most efficient gas furnace you can buy.

Get Local Lennox Costs

#10 Are There Any Other Major Brands?

Due to consolidation in the residential HVAC industry, the brands and brand groups we’ve listed are your major options.

There are NO other major brands than these.

Some of the brand groups make low-cost options that weren’t considered in this guide. For example, Payne is the budget brand owned by UTC (Carrier, ICP). Ducane is a low-cost Allied Air/Lennox brand. Furnace models are limited to entry-level furnaces.

Just Getting Started?

If focusing on brands is getting ahead of things in your research, perhaps you would benefit from our Gas Furnace Buying Guide, a comprehensive guide to what matters in a gas furnace – Efficiency, Quality, Heating Performance, Furnace Size and Your Climate.

Costs for furnaces, installation and extras like a thermostat and sheet metal work are all covered.  

The Importance of Installing it Correctly

There’s a saying in furnace circles that, “the most important day of a furnace’s life is the day it is installed.”

  • Proper installation will allow the furnace to run as efficiently as it should and last as long as it should with proper maintenance and minor repairs.
  • Bad installation leads to premature breakdowns. The furnace might also run less efficiently than it should. The worst-case scenario is a possible gas leak or carbon monoxide leak. They’re uncommon, but not worth the risk.

You can hire a qualified contractor by following these tips.

Step 1 - Get 3 Quotes From Local Contractors

Let them know you are getting several estimates. They will understand that their estimates have to be competitive.

Step 2 - Find Out the History of the Company

If it’s a new company, avoid it. We recommend using a company with a history in your community of a decade or so. This shows they know what they are doing and have a history of good installation and customer service.

Step 3 - Ask about the Experience of the Installer

It’s great if the company has been around for 50 years. Just be sure the people handling your installation have 5+ years of proven furnace installation experience.

Step 4 - Check Reviews & Compare Costs

Before hiring a furnace replacement company, see what others have to say about it. Good places to check reviews online are Google, the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List and Yelp.

Compare costs from installers with a good reputation and the promise that the people installing your furnace have good experience.

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Having a central heating system like a furnace comes handy during harsh winters or in locations where it is cold year-round. If you are in these places, you need a reliable furnace to keep you, your family and friends warm from the frost and dampness. But again, just like all other appliances and essentials in the home, not all furnace brands are built the same.

If you are looking for furnace brands to consider buying in time for winter, you must know first which brands to avoid. In this post, we will roundup the NOs in your list and their better alternatives. A comprehensive buying guide and FAQs are also featured to help you narrow down your choice. So, if you are into furnace shopping nowadays, read on. 

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What red flags help you identify furnace brands to avoid?

It is one thing to deal with furnace cleaning and another thing to deal with bad furnace brands entirely so it is imperative that you could identify the furnace brands to avoid early on. In this case, you must know the red flags that point to a lemon, unreliable furnace brand. 

  • Cheap materials: You can easily notice a bad furnace construction with the components or materials that it comes with. Inferior brands would have materials that easily break down after several maintenance checks and cleaning. They are also most likely to be under costly repairs in just a few years. 
  • Indoor climate control: A furnace brand is a lemon that just has single speed fans and single stage burners. They don&#;t really do a great job at what they are expected to do, period. 
  • Short warranties: Usually, bad furnace brands know their product’s performance and longevity and they will back that up with short and limited warranties. Note that a 5-year warranty is a red flag. It should be at least 12 years and up. 
  • Abnormal sounds: When your furnace is noisy, it could be an indication of defective circuit boards and again, overworked single fans. 
  • Costly repairs: If at three years or less you have experienced costly repairs with your furnace, chances are, that is a really, really bad brand. 

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7 worst furnace brands to avoid

To be fair, they say that any furnace that is $ and below is a bad furnace, whatever the brand. But to give you a more elaborate view of what to avoid when it comes to furnaces, here is a list of brands from which you should not buy from.

This list was based on overall satisfaction rating of customers, surveys, brand reports, and anecdotal evidence from major review platforms. 

1. Lennox

This one is a shocker because it is a popular home furnace brand, but its short and limited warranties have been tarnishing their reputation in customer reviews and brand surveys. Customers specifically point to premature damages that they had to shoulder because the unit was shortly on warranty. 

Performance-wise, some say that newer models have become mediocre. They do not heat fast, and the heat distribution is not even. Aside from that, their units are very expensive plus their customer service is poor

2. Buderus

This one must be one of the cheapest furnace brands you will find out there, but its thrift side does not really live up to its performance. Its brand rating of out of 5 in brand surveys and an overall customer satisfaction rating of 43% in is mainly due to their products’ high failure rate. 

Customers claim that your first experience of costly repair with this brand would just be in a span of three years. Some note that the unit has stopped working in just five years too. The quality is not durable and the performance of the furnace in heating the home is below average

3. Ducane

A significant percentage of customers of Ducane would say that this brand is better than most cheap brands, but it does not fall short of negative feedback and that is why it is on this list. The major complaints regarding the brand are its short warranty, performance, quality of components (they easily break), and overall performance. 

Specifically, customers noted abnormal noises when the furnace runs. Of course, a noisy indoor furnace is never fun. These truly justify why they only have a 38% customer satisfaction rating

4. Frigidaire

It is a reputable brand for other appliances like refrigerators, but this brand does not meet expectations when it comes to furnaces. The main issue with their models would be their heat quality. It does not give an even heating and fails during very low temperatures

Aside from this, their customer service is also rated low. Overall performance of furnaces from this brand is just out of 5 which is a bad rap for a popular appliance brand like this one. Customers also had a mixed review regarding its energy efficiency so overall, it is not living up to the hype. 

5. York

When it comes to the brand with the highest failure rate, it must be this brand. Customers especially point out premature repairs in just a year after purchasing the furnace. Heating is not good and small parts break down in just a short span of time

With just a out of 5 performance rating from brand surveys, you would not want to take a chance on it. On top of it, their customer service is not very commendable, and their year warranty proves to be questionable. 

6. Burnham

It is a fast-rising brand, but their furnaces are in the cheap range, so customers say that you get what you pay for. They have out of 5 rating and much of the complaints revolve around energy efficiency, reliability, and poor customer service. Specifically, burner problems have been consistently noted. 

The costly repairs in a span of five years are also not appreciated. And with their bad customer service, it has easily gotten the branding of ‘avoid at all costs.’

7. ArcoAire

The primary complaint with this brand is overall reliability. Like Burnham, it is a cheap brand, and it has gotten all the popularity for all the wrong reasons because anecdotal evidence points to costly repairs in just a span of three years. Heating wise, it is not commendable. It has a noisy running, sometimes even causing panic as customers point out. 

In terms of energy efficiency, this brand is also failing. It is also hard to install, and contractors would not usually recommend this brand so that talks about something. Rating wise, it just has a 2 out of 3 so do not even think about it. 

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5 most reliable furnace brands 

It also pays to know that you have better alternatives when it comes to furnace brands. And if you are looking for a ‘to consider’ list, it would be good to first checkout these five most reliable furnace brands. In the same way, these brands were objectively listed based on reliability rating, performance, brand surveys and customer reviews. 

1. Rheem (Classic Plus Series)

This brand is just commendable that you would not find any solid complaints about their furnaces and for this it deserves the top spot on this list. All of their furnace models are well-rated and reliable. They also have lots of anecdotal evidence to back these ratings up. 

The Classic Plus Series particularly has the lowest emission furnace of all their models. It also has a year warranty and a rebate system. This model is rated out of 5 in overall customer satisfaction rating. It is sturdy and ensures no premature repairs in between. 

2. American Standard (Platinum 80)

As a leading home improvement brand, you would expect their furnaces to be delivered when it comes to performance. Upfront, one could say that it is a practical purchase because the installation cost is low and its AFUE is within the energy efficient range. 

This is true for the American Standard Platinum The average installation cost for this brand and model would be $ It offers a warranty of 25 years (limited parts and heat exchanger), and a low maintenance but efficient and durable performance. It has an AFUE rating of 80% which is very energy efficient

3. Carrier (Infinity Series)

When it comes to appliances, Carrier has been around for a long while because of their durability and good reputation as a brand. When it comes to furnace performance, it is an 8 out 10 rated brand. It is also rated A by the Better Business Bureau and Consumer Affairs. 

The Infinity Series is a serious choice for furnaces. Reviewed as overall most efficient in and , it has upscale features that you would not want to miss. Some of the most commendable features of this model would be its modulating gas valve, automatic humidity adjustment, humidity reduction during hotter seasons, smart thermostat, and adjustable speed button. 

4. Goodman (Bronze Comfort System Series)

This brand also has a good reputation when it comes to furnaces. Aside from their known good performance, they are also well-loved for their substantive warranty and being an energy efficient brand. Plus, their customer service is great so overall, it is a solid furnace brand. 

The Goodman Comfort System Series (Bronze) is one of its most cost and energy efficient models with an AFUE of 90%. It has a touch screen display, among others, low installation cost, and minimal repairs in a year run according to Consumer Reports. Other than these, replacement parts are readily available and have a warranty of 12 years

5. KeepRite (ProComfort G9MX)

This brand gets a thumbs up for its energy star certified models and for being one of the most competitive brands when it comes to reliability. It offers high-end furnace features in a medium range upfront and installation cost. 

The ProComfort G9MX model to be specific is one of its top models when it comes to energy efficiency at 96% AFUE. You also get a WiFi enabled model out of this and a lifetime warranty for the heat exchanger. Performance wise, it is rated out of 5 in brand and model surveys and there is a wide range of anecdotal evidence to back that up. 

Related: Maintaining your Property in Winter: 6 Things to Remember

What should I look for when buying a furnace?

No matter how long we have been around furnaces, we still need a comprehensive checklist of what to look for in buying one. Here are some of the pointers that you need to master in shopping for the right furnace for your home. 

#1. Size

The performance level of a furnace largely depends on picking the right size for your home. If it is too small for your home’s coverage, expect that it would not deliver its job evenly in all spaces.

If it is too large for the space, you would have a high installation charge and energy inefficiency. Ask your trusted contractor to assess the right size for your home. 

#2. Air filtration

All good furnace brands would have a pre-installed air filtration system. This comes in handy especially for people with respiratory problems like asthma. The air filter functions to collect dust particles circulated through the heating system. 

#3. Speed blowers

A good home furnace would have various speed blowers. It helps you in regulating the temperature in the home. High heat is not always needed so a seven-speed blower is still way better than two to three speed blowers. 

#4. Heat output

This is a commendable feature to have because not all brands would have this. This one works like a heat sensor which automatically adjusts the temperature when the room has already reached the right heat level to make you feel comfortable. This feature typically comes with multi-speed blowers. 

#5. Heat exchanger

This is a component that draws the heat from the burned gas. Good furnace brands usually come with a secondary heat exchanger for more heat to be drawn. Having a secondary heat exchanger also upscales the energy efficiency of the furnace system. 

#6. Zoned heating

This one is a high-end feature because it functions to channel various amounts of cooling and heating levels to various rooms in the home. However, this feature is only useful for larger spaces or larger homes. 

#7. AFUE rating

AFUE stands for Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency which basically has something to do with the energy efficiency of the furnace unit because it measures how efficient the furnace converts gas into heat. Choose furnaces with AFUE ratings of %. Anything below and under this tier is not cost efficient. 

#8. Warranty

Premium furnaces have a warranty period of 10 years and above. It is also important to have a brand with commendable customer service to implement the clauses and perks of having a warranty for your choice of furnace. 

How much is a brand-new furnace?

The average range of a premium range brand-new furnace would be at $ With installation and labor costs, plus depending on the size, brand and type of furnace that you get, expect a $, range for a full furnace system. 

FAQs

There might be some brands that you are particularly considering but were not a part of the list and there might be other essential information that we were not able to cover. To make things more comprehensive and informational, here are some FAQs about furnace brands that you should know about. 

Is Rheem a good furnace brand?

Definitely. They have a consistent good reputation through the years not just because of the overall performance of their furnace models but also because of their good, long time warranties. They give different furnace models at different price points, but each does not fall short of commendable features. This has been their selling point over the years. 

Is York a good furnace brand? 

Unfortunately, there have been mixed reviews when it comes to York. Some models have issues on reliability with consumers stating that they are not well built and are prone to premature and costly repairs in just a short span of time. On the other end, it is also commended for their AFUE rating and efficiency so there is also that to consider when it comes to this brand. 

Is Amana a good furnace brand? 

Having been around since , this furnace brand is one that customers consider as a premium quality brand with a mid-range price. Compared to high value furnaces like say Goodman or Carrier, Amana scored a better efficiency and reliability rating than these two brands. The warranty coverage that they offer to their models is also a good selling point. Overall, yes, Amana is a good furnace brand. 

Is Daikin furnace a good brand? 

Yes. If you are looking for a reliable brand without costly repairs in between for up to ten years, this is one of the most recommended brands out there when it comes to furnaces. Their models are well-built and are specifically constructed for bigger space coverage.

They offer entry level to mid-range prices which is good economically speaking. It is comparable to Trane and Carrier when it comes to efficiency and reliability of furnace performance. 

Is Payne a good furnace brand?

Like York, Payne has been flooded with mix reviews as a furnace brand. Compared to highly rated brands when it comes to efficiency, it is behind by % according to Consumer Reports. But since it is rated B by Better Business Bureau, offers a reasonable price range and is rated well by customers, then, yes, we can consider Payne as a good furnace brand. 

What brand of furnace is the best quality?

For well-rated brands that are on the forefront when it comes to quality, you have to check out the following furnace brand: 

  • Bryant
  • Carrier
  • Daikin 
  • Goodman
  • HEIL
  • Maytag
  • Rheem
  • Trane

What furnace brand and model is the quietest?

No doubt, it would still be the Carrier Infinity 98 model. Aside from being listed as the quietest brand and model for the longest time, it is also a frontrunner when it comes to energy efficiency and overall reliability. 

How long do furnace warranties typically last?

Per rule of thumb, premium brands would have a warranty clause of 10 years for limited parts and year warranty for the heat exchanger. Remember that the heat exchanger is the heart and soul of the furnace, and it pays to have a dependable manufacturer that would give you that maximum warranty for the heat exchanger. 

Is it cheaper to replace the furnace and AC together?

Well, logically, newer pieces would lead to lesser repairs in the long run. But the upfront cost of replacement is not cheap. And contractors would tell you that it is not necessary to replace them at the same time. Have someone professionally assess it before making the move. 

How long should a furnace system run daily?

If you are hot in an extreme temperature condition or your home has good insulation, the average time for a furnace to run would be mins per cycle. The overall number of cycles that your home needs in a day is relative to the size of the area and temperature so if you need exact figures for this, consult your product manual or consult an expert about this. 

What should not be stored in a furnace room? 

Ultimately, any fire hazard like paper, cardboard and chemicals should not be stored anywhere near the furnace room. It is also recommended that you buy a smoke or carbon monoxide detector for safety reasons. 

Conclusion

It is essential to have a dependable furnace system for the home that would last for more than 10 years. Note that this investment is for the comfort of the family and for good air circulation, all day, year-round. Most of all, it is the star during harsh winters, and it needs to step up with all those upscale features that offer comfort but at the same time, cost, and energy efficiency. 

With everything that we have covered so far when it comes to furnace brands, you need to understand that you have to be a smart shopper. Just master some pointers, be logical, cross-check, and you are good to go.

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Best Gas Furnace Brands

Some gas furnaces aren’t worth the money you pay for them. Why?

They’re cheaply made, of course, and probably won’t last 12+ years, even with consistent maintenance and likely repairs.

All Brands Make Cheap Furnaces

What? A cheap Lennox furnace? Definitely. Most Lennox furnaces have a 5-year parts warranty.  

That’s the warranty length manufacturers slap on furnaces that they don’t expect to run very long without needing repairs – repairs they don’t want to pay for!

A cheap Trane furnace? Yes. But the company motto is, “It’s hard to stop a Trane!” Well, Trane makes a few cheap furnaces.

There are some exceptions to the rule. Carrier and identical-brand Bryant are an example. All the gas furnaces made by these brands are backed by a year general parts warranty. Even the entry-level models are at least average in quality. Rheem/Ruud, Armstrong Air and the ICP brands (Heil, etc.) are other examples of brands that choose not to make cheap, entry-level furnaces.

Why You Should Avoid Cheap Furnaces

Here are 6 reasons to avoid inferior furnaces.

1. They use cheap components, and will likely require costly repairs in the first 10 years.

2. Budget furnaces must be cleaned and tuned every few years, or they will run inefficiently and be more likely to break down. Even good furnaces should be maintained, but it is absolutely essential for inferior models.

3. They have short warranties. The manufacturer knows how good (bad?) they are, so will only back them with a 5-year general parts warranty.

4. Entry-level furnaces are bad at indoor climate control. They all have single-stage burners and single-speed fans. Here’s how that produces poor heating comfort.

  • The fan comes on full speed before the furnace is fully hot. If you’re anywhere near a heat grate, you’ll feel cool air blowing your way. That’s not what you want on a cold January morning.
  • The burner fires %, its only option. It will still be roaring hot when the thermostat setting is reached and the burner shuts off. All that hot air still in the furnace has to be blown out, so it is common that the temperature in your home gets pushed a degree or two beyond the thermostat setting. In short, cheap furnaces create temperature fluctuations. This is especially true when they are coupled with cheap thermostats. Swings of degrees are common.
  • The blower fan is still going full speed, so you’ll get cool air from the grates at the end of the cycle too.
  •  Finally, a full-speed fan is loud.

5. Discerning home buyers will spot a cheap furnace and realize they are going to have to sink another $3, to $7, into a new one in the near future. That can be a deal breaker for house shoppers looking at homes at the top of their budget range.

6. For conscientious homeowners, putting a “junk” furnace in a home they are about to sell is an ethical dilemma. Cheap flooring, cheap lighting and cheap countertops are all easily picked up by home shoppers, so there’s no “hiding” them. But a cheap furnace with a Rheem or Heil nameplate on it won’t be recognized as inferior by many house buyers. Is that fair?  To be sure, “Buyer beware.” But the point is worth considering.

Furnace Brand Quality Tiers

All the large furnace manufacturers make three grades of furnace. We call it Basic, Better and Best.

You’re probably familiar with this approach because it is done in almost every product category from carpet to cars to cardigan sweaters.

It’s the “Basic” tier that we recommend avoiding.

We’ll get to them shortly, but here are the three quality tiers, starting with Best, with a description of what you get.

Best Gas Furnaces

Top-quality parts go into these furnaces. Here’s what they deliver:

Longevity: years. Yes, regular maintenance is important for maximum durability. And you’ll probably have to make $ to $1, in repairs over its life. But the lifetime value of a premium furnace is excellent.

Performance:Your options are two-stage and variable capacity gas furnaces. Two-stage models run at 65% of capacity most of the time, only kicking into full-capacity when you boost the heat setting on the thermostat or outside temps drop rapidly and the house cools off.

Modulating, or variable capacity, gas furnaces run anywhere from 40% to % of capacity (the range is slightly different for a few brands). They only run as hot as needed to perfectly balance indoor temperatures. Climate control is premium.

Both types have variable-speed fans that only run as fast as needed to clear the heat properly. This means they are quieter. And you don’t get chilly blasts at the start and end of a cycle.

FWIW, we recommend two-stage furnaces. Our research shows that they are the best value for the money because they cost less, still do a great job of climate control, and if a repair is needed, it might cost less than repairs to a variable capacity furnace.

Warranties: Lifetime heat exchanger warranty and a parts warranty of 10 or 12 years depending on brand. Most are 10 years.

Many have furnace replacement warranties that provide an entirely new furnace if the heat exchanger fails. The replacement warranties range from 5 years to Lifetime. Ten years is most common, with Heil, Day & Night and Goodman as a few examples. Rheem and Ruud offer a Lifetime furnace replacement warranty on their top models.

Cost: $4, to $8, installed, depending on the furnace size, brand and installation factors.

Examples: Carrier Infinity, Bryant Evolution, Trane S9, American Standard Platinum, Goodman/Daikin GMVM, Day & Night Ion / Heil Ion, Rheem Prestige and Ruud Ultra, Maytag M and York Affinity.

For more top brands and complete information about these furnaces, see our Best Furnace Brands Reviews. 

Better Gas Furnaces

These are mid-grade furnaces.

If you want an affordable furnace that will still give you good durability, this is the tier to consider.

Longevity: years with maintenance. You might also spend $ to $1, in repairs over that time, especially in the second decade.

Performance: Most of these are two-stage furnaces with variable speed or multi-speed fans for indoor comfort. A few are single-stage models with multispeed fans.

Warranties: Most have Lifetime heat exchanger warranties and year parts warranties. Some of the ICP brands (Heil, Day & Night, Tempstar and others) give 5-year furnace replacement warranties on the heat exchanger.

Cost: $2, - $6, based on size, brand and installation factors.

Examples: Carrier Performance, Bryant Preferred, Rheem Classic Plus, Heil QuietComfort Deluxe and American Standard Gold and others. All top brands make mid-level furnace lines.

Basic Gas Furnaces

Call them cheap, entry-level, builder grade, etc.

These are the ones to avoid if you want a furnace with good performance and durability.

Longevity: years with consistent maintenance. You’ll likely have to start spending money on them for repairs

Performance: All are single-stage furnaces. Most have single-speed fans, though a few have multispeed fans that offer a slight increase in climate comfort.

Warranties: 5-year parts warranties are the most common. Heat exchanger warranties are typically 20 years, not Lifetime.

Cost: $1, to $4, depending on size, brand and installation factors.

Examples: Since these entry-level brands and series are the subject of this article, here is a more complete list. 

Worst Furnace Brands to Avoid

In some cases, it isn’t the entire brand – but certain models.

Aire-Flo: This is a Lennox brand of cheap furnaces. We don’t recommend them.

American Standard:Avoid the 80% furnaces that don’t have a Platinum, Gold or Silver designation. There’s a few of them, and they’re not worth considering.

Ducane: This is a Lennox brand with decent quality and warranties. However, we have concerns about Ducane/Lennox parts availability and cost. For this reason, we recommend that you avoid Ducane furnaces.

Lennox:Avoid Lennox Elite and Merit furnaces. The Elite and Merit Series come with just a 5-year parts warranty. Sure, you can pay for an extended warranty that gives you 10 years – but extended warranties are a bad deal for the consumer. Good furnaces are backed by a year parts warranty you don’t have to pay extra to get.

Trane: All furnaces have a year parts warranty. The heat exchanger warranty is 20 years or Lifetime depending on the model. However, we’re not sold on the XR and XT furnaces and recommend you consider a better Trane or different brand furnace.

All the Rest

Not all brands make cheap stuff. Even if, like Carrier, they make three tiers, the lowest tier is pretty good. It couldn’t be called “junk.”

Just so you don’t think we overlooked any brands, here are the rest with a summary of their quality and warranties.

AirEase and Armstrong Air: All furnaces have a warranty of 10 years on parts and Lifetime on heat exchangers. There are no furnaces to definitely avoid.

Amana, Daikin and Goodman: These are mostly identical furnace brands and have some of the best warranties in the industry. All furnaces have year parts and Lifetime heat exchanger warranties. These are solid brands – no cheap furnaces.

American Standard: Platinum, Gold and Silver – No problem. year parts and Lifetime or year heat exchanger warranties.

Arcoaire, Comfortmaker, Day & Night, Heil, Keeprite and Tempstar: These are identical International Comfort Products brands. Each has an entry-level series with a year heat exchanger and year parts warranty. The quality is average, not cheap. These are decent “budget” furnaces for homes in mild climates where a workhorse furnace isn’t necessary.

Bryant & Carrier: All Bryant models are built with quality components and backed by good warranties.

Lennox: The Dave Lennox Signature Collection furnaces have a solid warranty. You might consider avoiding them for other reasons discussed in our Best Furnace Brands Guide. We ranked Lennox at the bottom of all major brands.

Maytag, Broan, Frigidaire and Nu-Tone: These identical Nortek Global brands have very solid warranties throughout the product lineups. There are no cheap models here.

Payne: This is a United Technologies Corporation brand. UTC is the parent company of Carrier/Bryant. Payne furnaces have many of the same components as Carrier models. They are backed by year parts and year heat exchanger warranties. Not bad.  

Rheem and Ruud: Solid quality and warranties throughout the product lineup.

York, Luxaire, Coleman: Lifetime heat exchanger and year parts warranties cover all models.

What About Furnaces Bought Online?

That’s an important question to consider.

There are a bunch of places online to buy furnaces.

Most of what you find are off-brands not worth considering.

Some online brands are budget brands owned by major furnace manufacturers. For example:

  • Ingersoll Rand, parent company of American Standard and Trane, makes Ameristar furnaces.
  • Goodman makes Direct Comfort, low-cost cheap furnaces we don’t recommend.
  • International Comfort Products (Heil, etc., and a UTC company) makes AirQuest, which are actually pretty good and have a good warranty.
  • EcoTemp is a random brand that makes cheap furnaces with OK warranties.
  • MrCool is best known for making ductless mini split heat pumps. It also makes a line of cheap gas furnaces.

Here’s the catch!

All furnace manufacturers void the warranty of a furnace bought online. Here is actual wording from warranties:

ICP / AirQuest: “This warranty does not cover…any product purchased on the internet.”

Goodman / Direct Comfort: “This warranty does not apply to: Units that are ordered over the Internet…”

Ingersoll-Rand / Ameristar: “Exclusions… Products purchased direct including, but not limited to, Internet or auction purchases and purchases made on an uninstalled basis.”

You get the point.

We don’t blame them for voiding warranties on internet sales. The manufacturers have no control over who installs them or the quality of the installation.

What we think is shady is selling these furnaces online in the first place. If you’re a homeowner with your “eyes wide open,” and you are willing to get a cheap furnace with no warranty, then that’s your call.

But our guess is that mfurnace replacementany unsuspecting customers find out the hard way that the furnace has no warranty. They either buy it and:

  • Can’t find any certified installer to install it – most won’t touch a furnace bought online.
  • They install it DIY, it breaks down because it is cheap or because they didn’t know what they were doing. They make a warranty claim, and it is immediately denied.

It isn’t worth it!

Avoid Cheap Installation Too!

There is something almost as bad as a cheap furnace brand – and that’s cheap installation.

The most important day of a furnace’s life is the day it is installed. When properly installed, it has the chance to run as efficiently and as durably as possible.

Fail in the installation process, and the furnace will run below its rated efficiency and/or will break down before it should. There’s an industry-wide understanding that furnace installation is just as important as brand.

Here’s how you can avoid cheap installation:

1. Read the PickHVAC Gas Furnace Buying Guide and many Brand Reviews (Carrier, Trane, Goodman, Lennox, Heil, Rheem/Ruud and all other major brands) to learn more about buying a furnace and the brands you’re considering.

2. Get installation estimates from at least 3 local furnace dealers.You can also use our Free Local Quotes to get 3 estimates from qualified and pre-screened furnace contractors who service your area.

3. Ask if the installers are factory trained or at least certified by NATE – the North American Technician Excellence program.

4. Check online ratings and reviews for the furnace company you’re considering.

5. Reject estimates that are much cheaper than the others. Value is good. Cheap estimates usually mean the installers are new and therefore inexperienced, they plan to cut corners or they have a bad reputation and can’t get much work. These are all things to avoid, avoid, avoid.

6. Choose an experienced installer with a good reputation that you believe, based on the estimates, is giving you a fair price.

These tips will help ensure you have a quality furnace installed without overpaying for it. Consider the performance and efficiency that is right for your climate and budget. Our Furnace Buying Guide includes information that will help you decide. It’s a great place to further your research into the right furnace for your purpose.

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Leading Gas Furnace Brands & Manufacturers

The first step in deciding which gas furnace you are going to have installed in your home for the next years, is choosing the furnace brand or manufacturer! Throughout our site, we provide detailed information about many furnaces, and the brands we discuss most often are found in the furnace brand listings on this page.

In this area of the Gas Furnace Guide, you will learn about the history of each furnace manufacturer, the different furnaces they build, and why they have become popular.

When you click the links below, you will be taken to the specific gas furnace brand page, where you&#;ll find:

  • Overview of the Brand or Manufacturer
  • List of the Most Popular Furnace Models by that Brand
  • Comparison Table of System or Furnace Prices for that Brand
  • List of Current Rebates for that Brand
  • &#; more

In addition to the this page of furnace brands, you choose to view of page sorted by reviews, ratings, or a page dedicated to gas furnace prices and installation costs.

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Amana Gas Furnaces

Offering all types of variable, fixed and multi-speed gas furnace products, an Amana gas furnace is sure to give you the top shelf comfort you desire for the indoor living spaces.
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American Standard Gas Furnaces

If you choose an American Standard gas furnace, you will not only be choosing the most cost effective option, but you will also enjoy superior efficiency.
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Bryant Gas Furnace

Bryant has a full line of gas furnaces, from the Legacy line with an 80 AFUE, to the top-of-the-line Evolution Series with AFUE ranges up to 95 afue.
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Carrier Gas Furnace

Carrier, the inventor of home cooling, has been around for over years and is a world leader in not only heating, but air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
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Coleman Gas Furnaces

From the Comforteer Series with an AFUE of 80to the Echelon Series with an AFUE of up to 98{d6ea5aa5acbc3af47e26cf8ac1b7feefbe85bd3c5d3e9}, you can bet that Coleman has the gas furnace to keep your work or living space comfortable all winter long!
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Ducane Gas Furnace

Every Ducane gas furnace is quality tested with the most sophisticated equipment and processes that are available. Most products are backed by a 10 year parts warranty and lifetime heat exchanger warranty, so you can be sure you are getting a quality product!
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Goodman Gas Furnaces

Goodman has been around since and is now becoming one of the largest manufacturers of gas furnaces and hvac equipment in general! Very popular with the diy'er crowd, Goodman gas furnaces are designed for long lasting value!
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Heil Gas Furnace

When you choose a Heil gas furnace, you are backed by the best, no hassle warranty, so you can have confidence in the product you are purchasing.

Lennox Gas Furnaces

Lennox Gas Furnaces are among the highest rated in the HVAC industry. They deliver advanced technologies that make them fuel efficient and highly reliable while offering a wide range of outstanding performance features.

Rheem Gas Furnaces

Rheem has a full line of standard efficiency and EnergyStar rated, high efficiency gas furnaces that are built to deliver years of worry free heating comfort to your home or business.
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Ruud Gas Furnace

RUUD is steaped in a tradition of value and innovation, so the choice of a RUUD gas furnace is sure to be a good one! RUUD has quickly become one of the largest HVAC manufacturers in North America
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Trane Gas Furnace

In business well over years, Trane is known for high quality products, excellent customer service and your purchase is backed by one of the best warranties in the HVAC industry.
   

As always, if you don't see a gas furnace brand listed that you feel is important, we encourage you to contact us so we can add them to our ever growing list.

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Furnace Ratings by Brand

Furnace Ratings as Determined by Consumer Ratings

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How we chose the best furnace brands

Public reviews

Relying on the experiences of consumers who have owned and used different types of furnaces is a great way to get information on their performance and reliability. In identifying the best furnace brands, we went through public reviews to highlight the advantages and downsides of each heating system.

System reliability

Buying and installing a furnace is an important decision. As such, you want a furnace that you&#;re confident will work reliably for years. One of the qualities top furnace brands share is their relatively long lifespan. Reliable performance also means fewer future repairs and replacements.

Warranty options

Savvy shoppers look for furnaces that come with good warranties. Warranties are an indication that the manufacturer is confident in the quality of the units. These top furnace brands offer better than average warranties as assurance you&#;re buying a quality product they stand behind.

Strong contractor and service network

When choosing the best home heating brands, it&#;s important to know you&#;ll have access to the help you need in case of a breakdown or any other problem. These top furnace brands have strong contractor and service networks offering professional assistance throughout the year.

All of our furnace reviews are available here.

Notes on Furnace Ratings

The &#;fleet efficiency&#; or &#;furnace rating&#; of a particular furnace brand indicates nothing about furnace quality or furnace durability. In addition, although the fleet efficiency of one brand might exceed that of another, this does not necessarily indicate that any particular model of furnace marketed under the first brand out-performs any particular model of furnace marketed under the second. To determine whether one model outperforms another, simple compare the AFUE of the two models.

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Just like all products in the consumer market, the HVAC markets have a list of furnace and air conditioner brands that don&#;t quite meet the expectations of quality and performance as other brands. They may use lower quality parts than others. They&#;re likely to fail more often or need more service and maintenance to remain operational. And let&#;s be honest, they don&#;t have the same strict guidelines for dealers who are authorized to sell, install and maintain them as the best furnaces on the market. In other words, there is a list of the worst furnace brands and reasons why you should avoid them readily available. This is it.

Another factor not usually mentioned in best brand measurement, is the cost of not only the furnace itself, but the higher cost of installing and maintaining it, which we&#;ll discuss below since it plays a big role in which brand you choose.

Finally, the HVAC company you choose to install your new furnace plays the most important role in the life of your furnace. An improper or poorly installed furnace is simply not going to last as long as a furnace with proper sizing, quality installation and a thorough inspection from local authorities.

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In a nutshell, if you want the perfect furnace for your home, climate and budget, you should purchase from a reputable furnace manufacturer with a history of customer satisfaction and low product failure rates. That, coupled with quality installation, will get you a high quality furnace, designed, and properly installed to last many years.

The worst furnace brands are generally not due to being substandard quality, but based on many factors discussed below.

Furnace Brands to Avoid Due to Quality Ratings and Owner Reviews

Based on consumer quality ratings, the brands listed below don&#;t fare too well. They may use lower quality components than other brands and are more prone to parts failure, shorter life expectancy. That said, they tend cost quite a bit less than higher quality units, so that needs to be taken into consideration as well. Our star ratings come from the consumer furnace ratings at Furnace Compare, measured on a rating scale of 1 &#; 5 Stars, with 1 being the lowest rating.

If you plan to install a higher AFUE furnace, review a list of the best high efficiency furnaces as rated by EnergyStar.

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Expensive Furnace Brands to Avoid if You&#;re on a Tight Budget

Furnace prices can range from low cost units in the $$ range, up to $3, or more for the highest quality furnaces. The furnace brands to avoid in this section are here simply because they are more expensive than others. And yes, furnace brand does affect the cost.

If you have a limited budget or need a very affordable furnace, these brands are simply known to cost more than others. They cost more to purchase, may require added accessories to run at their peak efficiency, cost more to install, and to maintain.

The pricing below is based on the average cost of the furnace installed. No central AC or other accessories, unless required by the furnace to operate. (Thermostat, etc)

Brand | Average cost of furnace only, installed

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Tips for Choosing the Right Furnace Brand for your Needs

The first and most important factor in getting the right furnace for your home, is speaking to a local pro near you who can determine your needs and recommend the right furnace brand that meets those needs. Some of the most common questions they&#;ll ask are:

  • How long do you plan to stay in the home?
    If you plan to move soon, a higher quality system is not going to add much value, or ROI, as opposed to a lower quality brand. The fact that it&#;s new, is going to be the main factor.
  • Assure you get the right size furnace for your home.
    Installing the right sized furnace is like one of the most important factors to assuring your comfort. This is done with a If it&#;s too small, it will run endlessly. Too large, and it will short-cycle, meaning it runs for short periods of time, shuts off, then has to restart repeatedly to keep your home at the thermostat setting.
  • How large or limited is your budget?
    Determining how much you can spend is very important when it comes to selecting the right system. There&#;s no use in presenting the highest efficiency furnace that cost several thousand more than a lower efficiency furnace if you simply can&#;t afford it.
  • High versus standard efficiency options.
    If you live in an area where heat is needed more often than not, like the northeast, you&#;ll benefit quite a bit by installing a high efficiency furnace versus standard. The payback will be quicker, and it will increase the ROI on resale.
  • They&#;ll help you understand features and how they affect your comfort.
    Furnaces can contain many features that improve your comfort in the home. They do however come at a higher cost. Variable speed blowers, two-stage heating, smart automation control features, and much more.

Finally, you need to be comfortable with your installation company. Buying a new furnace is not something you do every day and it should last many years. You&#;ll want the confidence a reliable and professional local company can provide, so you know they&#;ll be there for your maintenance and repair needs for years to come.

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