Payne furnace 80%? Need advice re: warranty vs Bryant or Carrier

dkotovApril 25, 2013

The contractor that I am hiring is good and very experienced - he is offering me Payne furnace 80% stating that the parts are the same as the Carrier ( motor etc ) - they are one company.

Should I worry about issues with warranty - Carrier vs Payne vs Bryant? He is saying he doesn't have any issues with replacing it with the Carrier or Bryant but he thinks it's not worth it.

I know installation is more important than the actual furnace but still... The furnace will be moved from laundry room to the attic and we are in CA.

What would be your advice?

Thank you!

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It is true that the builder's grade (low end) model of the Carrier/Bryant line up is the same as one of the Payne models. The warranty period on the low end and Payne models are shorter for the heat exchanger and parts.

Unless you are very tight on funds, or plan to move soon, I would avoid Payne and any builder's model furnace. Spend a little more money and get a better furnace.

I am also not a fan of moving a furnace from a conditioned space (laundry room), to an unconditioned space (attic). The move is expensive and the energy performance will be reduced.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 3:10PM
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Thank you for your advice! I am not moving and planning to stay longer.

Which model would you recommend? I don't need more than 80%?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 6:47PM
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What furnace do you currently have? Is it powered by natural gas? Do you have an air conditioner? Why are you moving the furnace?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 7:01PM
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I have a gas furnace, no air conditioner ( not planning to put one for right now) - I need to free the space so I can build a second bathroom. The house is 1500sqf. The furnace and the water heater are in the laundry room together with a 1/2 bath ( toilet and sink).

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 12:40PM
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Ask the contractor for quotes on the Comfort and Performance series furnaces. Since this is an attic installation I suggest an 80% efficiency furnace. The duct work in the attic should have R8 insulation.

I would also recommend asking for a load calculation to verify it is the correct size. It would be good if you got a 4 inch media filter, but this may mean going into the attic to change it. A 4 inch filter should last a year.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 6:10PM
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