Oil Furnace Ratings part 8, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Oil furnace ratings part 8 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Spirit, Summeraire, Tempstar, Thermoflo, and Thermopride brands.

BRAND----------BASIC--VS--CONDENSING

SPIRIT---------------2*---1*-------------NA

These furnaces are made by THERMO PRIDE LLC. They feature a durable ceramic combustion chamber and an average warranty. 

SUMMERAIRE-----<1*--<1*------------NA

These units are made and sold in Canada. They offer a variety of models but the warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. 

TEMPSTAR-----------4*---5*-------------NA

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS (ICP) which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP and offers a wide selection of models. The PERFORMANCE 86 OUF series models feature a ceramic combustion chamber and all of the standard features plus a good warranty. The SMARTCOMFORT NOMV series has a durable stainless steel heat exchanger and a variable speed blower motor for enhanced comfort. All of the units have an option for direct venting. The brand is available in the USA and Canada but only through authorized dealers.

THERMOFLO--------2*---1*-------------NA

The brand offers a variety of models including sealed combustion units for higher operating efficiency. They offer an optional two stage burner for added comfort and efficiency.

The warranty on the heat exchanger is good but the guarantee on most other parts is not as good as other brands.

The CENTENNIAL models (shown here) are available with a variable speed blower motor for added comfort and efficiency. 

THERMO PRIDE------4*---3*------------NA

This brand is from THERMO PRODUCTS LLC. The units have an "octatherm" heat exchanger that is copper powder coated for better transfer of heat and durability. They also have a ceramic combustion chamber for better heating and longer heat exchanger life. The PREMIER series units have a variable speed fan motor for added comfort and efficiency. The furnaces are backed by a good warranty but the dealer network is somewhat limited. Thermo Pride is now also available on a limited basis in wholesale distribution. 

TRANE---------------4*---3*-------------NA

These oil furnaces are made and distributed by Thermo Products LLC under a licensing agreement with Ingersoll Rand. The XP80 is a basic oil furnace with a ceramic fiber combustion chamber for durability. The XV80 model has a variable speed fan motor for quieter and more efficient operation. The units are backed by a good warranty but are only available through their authorized dealer network. 

WILLIAMSON--------2*---1*------------NA

The brand offers a variety of models including sealed combustion units for higher operating efficiency. They offer an optional two stage burner for added comfort and efficiency. The CENTENNIAL models offer optional variable speed blower motors and efficiencies of up to 86%. 

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