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Question DetailsAsked on 12/17/2014

Which is the better furnace?

I am in the process of replacing my gas furnace. I have received a number of bids. The two that I'm considering are Ameristar and Amana in the same price range. Both are 95% efficiency.

Which furnace should I pick? What are the pro's and con's of each of the furnaces?

Thanks in advance for comments / suggestions.

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Ameristar is made by the same company that makes Trane and American Standard - but is their low-end brand to compete with the cheaper box store furnaces like Goodman, and according to a number of web articles has a lot of chinese components in it.

Amanas are made by the same company that makes Goodman - so you are comparing low-end to low-end brands here.

My recommendation - not having experience with Ameristar but hearing that Amanas seem to generate a lot of problems, would be to go with Ameristar if you have to choose one, but personally I would go with neither and get a better unit (maybe $500-700 more) and go with a mid-range brand with good reputation. For the relatively small percentage increase in total cost, I would get a unit more likely to last more than 15 years or so - a better name brand should last 30+ years with normal care. Remember, if you have to replace a low-end one in 10-15 years, you will be paying not only for a new furnace, but the associated labor too - so you are really comparing INSTALLED cost replacement interval, not just cheaper furnace prices.

And of course, as many of us on this site say frequently, the experience and attention to detail (and, heaven frobid, READING the installation instructions) by the installer usually makes more of a performance difference than the difference between various brands, as long as you are not going absolute bottom-end.

Of course, your budget and how long you intend to stay inthat house make a difference too.

You can find furnace reviews on Consumner Reports, and a number of prior comments on furnace brands in the Home> HVAC link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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