By Rob Rice
Published October 17, 2014
If you are in the market for a new gas or propane furnace, there are many manufacturers to choose from. For example:
Bryant = Carrier = Payne
Trane = American Standard
Rheem = Ruud
Goodman = Amana
Coleman = York
With so many manufacturers to choose from, how do you know which is worthy of your hard earned money? One important consideration is the reliability of the manufacturer’s products. No homeowner wants to invest their hard earned money into a future headache. Unfortunately though, if you do not perform your due diligence, you could end up purchasing a furnace from a manufacturer you wish you hadn’t.
Before sharing our furnace reliability data with you, it’s important to mention a couple things: first, as alluded to above, several of the furnace manufacturers sell the same product under multiple brand names. This stems from a significant amount of consolidation in our industry over the decades. Rather than discontinue the purchased brand, the purchasing manufacturer often deems it beneficial to continue using the purchased brand’s name and simply sell their existing equipment under it.
Second, the most common manufacturers here in the Greater Seattle area are Bryant/Carrier, Trane/American Standard, and Lennox, although each of those listed above can be found in homes throughout Washington.
Our on-the-job repair data indicates that Bryant/Carrier, Trane/American Standard, and Rheem/Ruud are the most reliable furnace manufacturers currently available. These manufacturers have had their own share of problems (for example, Bryant/Carrier furnaces used to have issues with failed heat exchangers; Trane/American Standard have had problems with circuit boards), but in general these manufacturers, while not perfect, are the brands with the lowest likelihood of giving you ongoing problems. Our data is further confirmed by an article Consumer Reports publishes every couple of years (or thereabout) which looks at furnace reliability. If you were to evaluate these articles over the last decade, we believe you would find that the aforementioned brands are most often most reliable. Take a look at the links below to see the most recent Consumer Reports furnace reliability articles:
Given this data, Bryant/Carrier and Trane/American Standard tend to be the most popular brands homeowners choose when purchasing a furnace from us. We believe if you choose one of these two and hire a contractor (such as us) who will size and install the furnace correctly, you’ll be a happy you chose one of these two.
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