Furnace Review


Finding an honest furnace review is hard because everyone is biased in one way or another. I decided to write this furnace review to give my opinion with facts that I have accumulated over the years. Heating technicians easily diagnose the operational issue in Furnace to provide an effective furnace repair service to considerably lower energy bills and provide complete peace of mind.

I have been repairing and installing furnaces and air conditioners for many years. I have worked in the HVAC industries as a service technician, installer, sales person, manufacturers territory manager as well as teaching both G2, and G3, Gas licence for a TSSA approved School. That’s good amount of experience in this subject.

I have found that furnaces have evolved over the years to a point now where all the manufacturers are offering a high quality product, with the same benefits and features that will last many years. The degree of similarity between the manufacturers is mammal at best. When high efficiency furnaces first came out, each manufacturer had its own idea on how to build a furnace and by trial and error they slowly worked out the problems to where now they are all are building a good furnace.

The most important step in selecting a furnace is that it is installed well and the installer understands how to set it up for your home correctly. I have installed the same model, in two different homes in the same subdivision and had to set both up definitely so that the features are going to offer the customer the benefit that they paid for. Also important is that you the customer is prepared to adequately maintain the furnace with proper cleaning and tune-ups.

To day the manufacturers actually just build the heat exchanger, cabinet, housings etc. They buy the circuit boards, motors, burners, controls, limit switches, draft inducers, pressure controls, gas valves, ignition controls, and hot surface igniters from the companies that build them like GE, Honeywell, White Rodgers, Robertshaw, etc.

You generally read comments about furnace brands that have a negative slant. This is because people who have had a bad experience tend to have the drive to tell the world about it while the people who are satisfied are content to leave it at that. The truth is every brand has to be repaired now and then and since the manufacturers who build the main working parts of the furnaces build them for every furnace manufacturer, I do not see a big difference in number of repairs from one brand to the next

Then how should you choose which furnace brand to buy? I recommend that you try to buy locally so you are important to the business that you are buying from and not just another anonymous customer in some big corporation who thinks you do not matter. The manufacturers and contractor warranty is a big factor to look at. If the furnace does break in the future, you don't want to be stuck with a large repair bill. Today you can find lifetime warranties on heat exchangers and 10 years on all other parts and labour. I now offer 10 free tune-up to all my customers on new equipment. If they don't offer this warranty, keep looking !

There are two somewhat standard efficiency ratings on furnaces (AFUE) that are sold today, 80% and 95%. You can think of the difference as being this: for every dollar that you pay your utility company for natural gas for your furnace, with the 80% model, 80 cents out of every dollar heats the house and 20 cents is wasted up the chimney. While the 95% efficiency model only loses 5 cents out of every dollar out the vent. So can see over time the amount of money you can save by installing a 95% furnace will easily pay for the difference in price over the 80% model and save you money every year after that.

I have installed many brands of furnaces over the years and have narrowed my offerings down to two brand. I now only install Goodman and what ever the customer wants ( I would never tell some-one what to buy! ). Goodman had sales of 1.9 billion dollars last year and with out all of those expensive ads. I think their doing something right. I also like the way Goodman backs me up if I need a warranty part without undue paperwork or making it difficult to return the part.

The two most common reason for service calls in my business are inadequate maintenance and improper installation. The thing to watch out for while you look for a new furnace is warranty, price and contractors know-how. I hope this clears up some of the confusion in trying to pick one brand over another.


David @ Reliable Home Comfort 

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