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Question DetailsAsked on 2/19/2015

need a comparison (ala Consumer Reports) among residential, single family home natural gas furnaces.. Is there one

I want to replace a 20+ year old gas furnace in our single family, two story, forced hot air, 3200 sq ft home. There are many manufacturers' gas furnaces so I'm looking for some real life experience feedback to help select a replacement. I'm biased toward Carrier but another vendor (Trane, Lennox, etc etc) might offer a better quality, long term trouble free, low maintenance and efficient product. I checked with Consumer Reports, which does not seem to have evaluated such products.

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Sure they do - google this search phrase for links to consumer reports annual buying guide, all furnace and gas furnace buying reviews, as well as a bunch of other sites like JD Power.

You can also find some similar questions to yours with responses, in some cases with thoughts about specific furnace brands, at the Home > HVAC link in Browse Projets, at lower left.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


If you read Consumers reports rating of HVAC and Furnace Brands, be sure to read the footnotes/fine print, the margin is quite small between brands. Plus it is not based on any testing, just a survey of consumers.

HVAC eqipment is not plug and play, like a TV or refrigerator. The final manufacturing is in your home, by the contractor connecting all the variable pieces, if they do a poor job, the Brand you choose will do a poor job!!

Check the Department of Energy's website, poor installation can cause a 30% efficiency loss!

The brands you mention are all decent furnaces, but choose the best Contractor. That said, I prefer Carrier.


Answered 4 years ago by BayAreaAC

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