Packaged Gas Furnace Ratings part 2, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Packaged gas furnace ratings part 2 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the American Standard, Ameristar, Arcoaire, Armstrong Air, Broan, Bryant, and Carrier brands.

BRAND---------BASIC--PREMIUM--HYBRID

AMERICAN STANDARD--<1*--NA------<1*

This brand is owned by INGERSOLL RAND. The GOLD 14 systems are basic 14 seer units with a variable speed blower and two stage gas valve. They offer two models of hybrid unit with the GOLD ZM models having a 14 seer efficiency and the PLATINUM ZM models a 16 seer rating. The warranties on the heat exchangers which is a major part is not very good. americanstandardair.com

AMERISTAR-------<1*--------NA--------NA

These are basic gaspacks that are convertible from downflow to horizontal discharge. The brand is from INGERSOLL RAND but the units only have a 13 SEER efficiency and the guranatee on the heat exchanger is not very good when compared to other brands. ameristarac.com

ARCOAIRE----------3*--------NA--------2* 

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS (ICP) which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PGS4 series offers basic 14 seer units with tubular stainless steel heat exchangers for durability. The PDS4 hybrid units use electronic defrost controls and have all of the standard features. The warranty on the brand is not as good as some of the others. arcoaire.com

ARMSTRONG AIR---3*--------NA--------NA

This brand is a part of ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES which is owned by LENNOX INTERNATIONAL. The PRPGE14 models are basic units that feature scroll compressors and tubular steel heat exchangers for durability. They are backed by an average warranty. armstrongair.com

BROAN---------------4*--------4*--------2*

This brand is from NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK. The R6GF models are basic units with a two stage compressor and a variable speed blower motor. The R8HE is a premium unit with a heating efficiency of 95%. The warranty on the iHYBRID model is not as good as some of the other brands in the hybrid category. They also offer a model (iQ Drive) with a 20 seer efficiency rating which is higher than most other brands. broanhvac.net

BRYANT-------------3*--------NA--------NA

This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES. The PREFERRED series are basic units with stainless steel heat exchangers and scroll compressors for durability. They are backed by an average warranty. bryant.com

CARRIER------------3*--------NA--------2*

The PERFORMANCE 14 units series offers basic gas packs or hybrid heat pump models with an average warranty. This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES. carrier.com

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