It’s always great to hear from readers who visit our Share a Price page with their experience of buying a gas furnace. We add them to our HVAC Prices database so you can gain insight as you consider your next heating and cooling purchase. Here’s an entry from Carlos who lives in Carmel, Indiana who talks about his recent decision to install a Carrier Performance 96 Gas Furnace. Carlos talks more about the installation experience, so we’ll tell you a little about this dynamic furnace.
The Carrier Performance 96 Gas Furnace is a best seller for obvious reasons:
95% A.F.U.E. makes it an Energy Star-rated energy miser
Variable speed blower for optimal comfort
Primary heat exchanger crafted from aluminized steel
Secondary heat exchanger gets the most out of the heat cycle
Galvanized steel cabinet is rugged and corrosion-resistant with baked on urethane base/polyester top coat
PowerHeat ignition for reliable firing without a pilot light
Solid warranty that backs the heat exchanger for life and all other parts for 10 years
Now to Carlos’ story:
”Last Winter our old furnace started acting up and had to be repaired twice. When spring came we decided to replace it. A friend is a builder and he pointed me to the Carrier Performance series as one he’s had good luck with. I set up visits from 3 contractors to get bids on the Carrier Performance 96 furnace. I’ll tell you up front that I went with the cheapest bid without checking out the contractors or asking my friend for a recommendation. I paid $2,300 for the unit and $1,500 for the installation. The other bids were about $500 more to install it.
The furnace seemed to work fine back in April when they tested it, but when I started it this October it had problems. It would shut off before it reached the desired temperature, then rev and not fire. I called the installer only to find they had gone out of business. Only then did I do some checking and discovered they had a terrible reputation for shoddy work. Long story short, I ended up having one of the other contractors come out and look at the furnace. The problems I was having were all due to a poor installation job, faulty settings, and not anything mechanical. The new contractor basically went through the entire installation process from start to finish. He was here for 4 hours and charged me the $500 I thought I had saved! The furnace works perfectly. Proper installation is the key to a furnace’s performance. The lesson, of course, is to use a qualified contractor who has a good reputation!”