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

thedorkApril 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!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mike_home

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
thedork

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mike_home

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
thedork

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mike_home

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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Carrier Greenspeed 25VNA Massachusetts Cold Weather Data
Hello Everyone, I wish I had had this information prior...
Sabs83
Nozzle size for Oil Burner ??
I have a Slant fin oil furnace that heats my water...
big_al_41
can people share their weekly propane use and square footage, please?
With the coldest weather in roughly 20 years here,...
davidrt28 (zone 7)
Is 16 SEER Lennox A/C 5X better than 18 SEER Goodman?
I bought a bank repo home 2 years ago in San Diego....
davidahn
carrier infinity with greenspeed service settings
We just built a new home in central Kansas this year,...
Energywise.ks
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™