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Question DetailsAsked on 2/15/2016

Im tying to determine which is a better choice between Trane and Goodman im rplacing my heating and cooling system

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In my mind, I would go with neither - I would not have a Goodman if it was given to me installed on a silver platter, but recent bad experience by neighbors and friends getting Tranes that keep failing due to factory or design defects that can only be "fixed" by putting in the same identical defective components (so fail again very soon) would keep me away from them too. Personally - I would go Carrier or American Standard, or for hot water/steam systems Weil-McLain or Peerless (my favorite for LONG life) boilers. And my opinion - NOT tankless boilers.

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Answered 4 years ago by LCD


I have serviced all types and brands of residential and commercial air conditioning and heating systems and I have found that the brand is not as important as the installation. Higher rated brands + poor installation practices = problems. Lesser name brands + good installation practices = less problems. I have to stick with the Carrier, Trane, Lennox or Day & Night brand with an excellent installation by a professional contractor for high quality. The highest efficiency units usually have the best protection against failure since they have many safeties that protect the equipment. They are a little more expensive but are worth it.

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Answered 4 years ago by PoppyRoss


Excellent point by PoppyRoss about a poor installer being able to ruin the best equipment - though I have yet to find a good enough installer to make trashy equipment work well or be reliable.

His comments on the protection devices protecting the equipment is a good point - though much of it is required by code now so pretty much the same on all brands - but you do see fewer burnt-out or smoked units or furnace/boiler fires now, because they shut down before the heat or even flames can burn the controllers, wiring, paint, or even house.

However - on the other hand, all the doodads and sensors, especially on the high-efficiency (condensing) units also make for more things to fail and more potential manufacturer defects. In recent years, I have seen new install furnaces commonly failing several times a year regardless of installer and more or less regardless of brand with a few exceptions - due to repetitive manufacturer design or construction defects. In quite a few cases, multiple failures of the exact same kind with parts replaced by the manufacturer under warrnaty (though generally not covering labor cost of course) till the unit goes out of warranty, then the same parts failing again and again because the flaws in them are not being fixed, or because the manufactuer keeps on shipping out the same defective boards until they run out of stock before they redesign them to eliminate the flaw.

Not unique to furnaces though - a large percentage of appliances and cars are showing the same mentality. Take the airbag and ignition switch and timing module defects in cars, which were around for years and being replaced with the same things time and again. Ditto with several brands of stove electric burner controls burning out, Samsung and other brand washers with defective sensors and board and moldy front drum seals, etc.

So in many cases, even if your energy efficiency is lower, going with the least electronic, simplest machine and keeping it going as long as feasible is your best solution.

BTW - I did not intend to short Lennox - from what I hear it is a decent brand, just not one I have run into much in my necks of the woods so I cannot say one way or the other from personal experience.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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