American Standard has a reputation for quality and innovation that stretches back more than 100 years. They keep building quality gas furnaces like the American Standard Gold XM Freedom 90 that achieve high ratings for value and customer satisfaction. We recently received a post from Jason in Westerville, Ohio, providing his American Standard Gold XM Freedom 90 Two Stage furnace price and outlining the importance of having a professional install the furnace. Before we get to the letter, here are the key features of this furnace:
“Thanks for the great information on your site. I have found it to be helpful for researching HVAC prices for several recent purchases. I’m writing today about an American Standard Gold gas furnace I bought a few months ago. It was a floor model, for lack of a better term, for a heating and cooling company in the area that went out of business. It was new with an intact warranty. I got the furnace for about 50% off and decided to use it to replace the older, inefficient gas furnace in my home.
I do most home projects myself including plumbing and wiring, and decided to hire a friend of mine with limited HVAC experience to help me install it. I had a couple of questions so I called an American Standard dealer in Columbus. The guy wouldn’t answer my questions and said it was their policy not to get involved in DIY projects. I thought he was just being a jerk.
I called another American Standard dealer and got the same answer. Being irritated at this point I asked what the big deal was. This guy – very polite and helpful– started telling me horror stories about DIY furnace installation that included ruining the furnace or key components like the mother board, fires resulting from faulty wiring, and worse-case scenario, carbon monoxide deaths from improper venting. He also shared that doing it myself would void the warranty and that the furnace would probably never run as efficiently as designed.
I hung up and started checking online. Turns out the guy was pretty accurate in what he said. Even DIY sites strongly advise letting a pro handle HVAC. I’ve read many articles on your site that suggest having a qualified contractor do it, but thought it was just done to keep your advertisers happy. Now it makes sense. I sheepishly called up the first dealer and arranged for them to give me a quote on installation. I’ll include that along with the price the dealer normally charges for the furnace.
American Standard Gold XM Freedom 90 73,000 Btu / 3 ton gas furnace, $1,239; Installation, $1,700. Total: $2,939
The installers did a terrific job and as I watched them here and there I realized it would have been a major pain to tackle. It requires specialized tools and a skill set I don’t have despite being able to handle most anything else. The furnace is doing its job and I’m happy with the deal I got on the furnace.”
That’s great first-hand information from the trenches. Many have gone ahead with the DIY installation only to regret it later. Plan the cost of installation into your budget as you consider your next gas furnace prices. You’ll get better, safer performance from your furnace when a qualified contractor installs it. You’ll have warranty protection and know you can call the dealer with any questions or in the event of a problem. It certainly pays to play it safe with HVAC installation.